After not receiving credit from HBO, The Last of Us director calls for unionisation. – After just one episode, HBO’s dramatisation of The Last Of Us has, predictably, become a smash success. Although practically everything you’ve read about the programme has been positive, a director who worked on the original game and thus contributed to the creation of its universe and characters has criticised the show’s developers for failing to give him credit in the production.
Thanks to Push Square, Bruce Straley revealed his opinions in an essay for the LA Times, outlining his contributions to the world of The Last Of Us and disclosing that he is completely missing from the HBO version’s credits. In addition to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Straley worked on the first game and its Left Behind DLC, whose plot looks to be planned for future instalments of the series.
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As for the remedy Straley proposes to ensure that incidents like these don’t continue, the game developer has campaigned for unionisation to be widespread in the video game business. A co-creator of that universe and those characters not receiving recognition or compensation for their efforts, according to Straley, is “an justification for unionisation.” “Maybe we need unions in the video game industry to be able to protect creators.”
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The LA Times claims both HBO and Sony have been contacted for comment on Straley not being credited in the show, but neither had replied by the time of publication. Straley left Naughty Dog shortly after working on Uncharted 4, so prior to the studio striking up a deal with HBO to adapt The Last Of Us into a TV show. While it’s unclear whether Straley and Neil Druckmann still speak, the former’s relationship with the latter and his studio is described as “strained”.
There has been a persistent problem lately with game developers not receiving the credit they deserve. In response to criticism and mounting social media pressure from the Pac-Man World remake’s unacknowledged developers and their supporters, the original creators’ names were finally added to the remake’s credits last year.
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