The Last of Us game co-director Bruce Straley has expressed interest in bringing more unionisation to the games industry after he was not credited on the pilot episode of the HBO show. Straley co-directed the acclaimed 2013 video game alongside Neil Druckmann who was properly credited in the opening credits as the writer of the game as well as an executive producer on the show.
Straley spoke to LA Times recently speaking about his exclusion from the HBO show’s opening credits. In particular, Straley has been credited for contributing towards The Last of Us‘ violent tone, taking inspiration from the film No Country for Old Men after a trip to the movies. It’s quite a substantial contribution to the game as its tense tone is one of its most praised aspects. Straley also had input in the creation of some characters including Bill.
During the interview, Straley spoke about unionisation in the games industry as a way to protect creators while also giving them proper credit when it’s due:
“It’s an argument for unionization that someone who was part of the co-creation of that world and those characters isn’t getting a credit or a nickel for the work they put into it. Maybe we need unions in the video game industry to be able to protect creators.”
While Straley was left out of the HBO show’s opening and ending credits entirely, seven other Naughty Dog developers were given proper credit for consultation including Druckmann.
Straley left the video games industry after The Last of Us, describing his relationship with Naughty Dog as “strained.” However, he announced his return to game development last year under his new studio called Wildflower Interactive that’s working on “making small-ish, creatively charged, uniquely-stylized games.”
The Last of Us‘ pilot episode was a critical success with many praising its faithfulness to the source material. It also ended up being HBO’s second most-watched pilot episode ever.
Source: LA Times