Those of you not living in the tremendous shadow of Harry Knowles may not be aware of this, but the Writers Guild of America -- the union containing almost every film and television writer in Hollywood -- is on strike. Since it appears the studio execs are comfortable running reality TV and living off of their wealth during the strike, and the public outcry has been basically non-existent, the writers have been looking for new ways to supplement their now missing income, and gaming is apparently being seen as a viable alternative. GI.biz has a quote:
Their piece goes on to say that a move to game writing would be a monetary hit for most WGA members, but when the decision eventually becomes one of "monetary hit vs eating your children for sustenance," we assume we'll be seeing more Hollywood-types being hired on at EA and Activision.
Then again, if you've seen a movie, television show or the city of Los Angeles any time recently you'll be as terrified of this prospect as I am. Gaming has made incredible strides recently with titles like Portal, and giving the reins of a virtual world to the guy who wrote that episode of Heroes where Hiro travelled back in time to fight a body inhabited by Dr. Sam Beckett in front of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox would be almost as stupid as his "creative output."