The Last of Us co-creator says no credit for HBO shows ‘an argument for the collective’

Bruce Straley, co-director and co-producer The last of us – the original, 2013 PlayStation 3 game – is not mentioned in the credits for the new HBO TV adaptation, which aired its first episode this week. However, his co-director Neil Druckmann, who is actively involved in the show’s direction and creation (along with TV showrunner Craig Mazin), is also known as the author of the original version. . “Based on the PlayStation Studios video game created by Naughty Dog and written by Neil Druckmann,” it says on the screen.

Straley, it seems, is not too happy with this outcome. Although his main role on the game is Druckmann’s writing and story, the pair always said that they created the world and the story of the The last of us once. But, when asked about his lack of debt b The LA TimesStraley chose his words – and his goals – carefully.

“An argument for integration is that someone who was part of the co-creation of that world and those people don’t get a credit or a nickel for the work they put in,” said a Straley. “Maybe we need unions in the video game industry to protect the creators.”

Perhaps an unusual comment from someone who was a senior developer at Naughty Dog, a studio and a bad name for crunch. But Straley had plenty of time to think about that. Straley left Naughty Dog in 2017 after 18 years at the studio, after a disappointing experience. Unknown 4. He and Druckmann took over the project from Uncharted creator Amy Hennig after she left the studio, speeding up the development time on a game she hadn’t hired. leaving him feeling burned.

The LA Times describes Straley’s relationship with Sony and Naughty Dog as “intense”. But the point of Straley’s statement is not to refer to a personal beef with Druckmann or anyone else at Naughty Dog. Still, it shows how little control anyone working in video games has over their work. In most TV and film industries, credits are protected and unregulated, but in gaming, it’s easy for Sony to go all out and carve out a main character like Straley from a license license.

Straley’s comments come in a moment assembly a hot topic in the gaming industry, and an increasing number of club employees are choosing to unionize. I guess Wildflower Associationthe new independent house Straley built last year, will join their ranks.

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