Ongoing Writer's Strike may help gaming industry

writersstrikeThe ongoing Writer’s Strike may help out the gaming industry, according to the Hollywood Reporter. With tons of reruns being broadcasted on TV, it’s only a matter of time till folks get a headache of seeing old episodes.

But thanks to the holiday season, the lack of new TV shows can motivate folks to put down the TV remote for a game controller.

Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, said, "If you’re a fan of network programming, maybe seeing another repeat of ‘Pushing Daisies’ or ‘Cold Case’ will inspire you to finish that level of ‘Ratchet and Clank Future’ instead."

Thankfully, the Writer’s Strike doesn’t affect the gaming industry, since game developers utilize nonunion work to create games. Olin went on to mention, "There’s a much better relationship between game developers and publishers than there appears to be in terms of all the polemics between the writers, producers and studios."

In the case of Telltale Games’ episodic comedy/adventure game series Sam & Max, writing is a very important; they’re not affected by the Writer’s Strike though because all the writers also handle other aspects of the game, such as programming or designing.

Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games, said, "Writing is something we look for in everybody we hire. They’re a great body of talent that generates a ton of creative work."

Strike or no strike, everyone should pick up a game or two since 2007 was an excellent year for gaming. I personally recommend checking out Sam & Max: Season Two, starting with Ice Station Santa. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the hilarity within.


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