With the Writers Guild of America strike continuing on amidst word that negotiation talks have resumed, Variety has taken a look at how striking writers could potentially write stories and scripts for video games without crossing the picket line.
Virtually every videogame now has a writer who develops the narrative and writes the dialogue. Even in a plot-free game like Madden NFL, someone has to come up with the sportscasters' quips. In some cases, development studios have an inhouse writer or writers. The Halo games, for instance, have been written by staffers at Bungie Studios.
It seems to me that an influx of television writers into the gaming business will result in only one certainty: Two and a Half Men for the Sony PlayStation 3. Gamers play as lady-lovin' Charlie Harper or his hopeless brother Alan as they try to sleep with as many women as possible while quipping and zinging their way through life. There's even be a special collection of mini-games for Alan's son Jake to play on his Nintendo DS for the casual gamers out there. PROTIP: Sleep with 100 women to unlock Charlie's stalker ex-girlfriend Rose as a playable character. Get to it, Chuck Lorre!