Technically a resume should be a list of completed accomplishments and skills that you provide. I use the term "vaporware" to loosely describe any product, whether it be a 2-day proof of concept or a year long commitment, that gets shelved for whatever reason.
I imagine in the game development industry this is completely expected on a resume and may not speak negatively about the candidate due to the nature of that industry. I'm in the public sector and sometimes politics are at play and will halt a project big or small, sometimes leaving you with slim pickings to display on a resume.
I want to demonstrate my ability to dissect the requirements of a project, architect a solution and execute it, but how do you gracefully mention it was shelved for some unforeseen reason beyond your control?
If I were an employer I suppose I'd like to know:
- Was the project halted due to a bad solution provided (overly complicated architecture)?
- If so, does the candidate understand why the project wasn't completed? And do they understand technical debt?
- Why are there so many incompleted projects?