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Striking writers may turn to videogames?

As the Writers Guild of America strike moves into its fourth week, prompting some to look back to the 22-week embargo in 1988, the possibility of writers moving to work for games developers has surfaced.

As the Writers Guild of America strike moves into its fourth week, prompting some to look back to the 22-week embargo in 1988, the possibility of writers moving to work for games developers has surfaced.

According to a report in Variety, work in videogames is something that the WGA is keen to embrace at some point, but as it hasn't yet its members are free to work on them during the strike.

But while Hollywood screenwriters have become more involved in scripting games in the past few years, it's not necessarily seen as a good move by people who would normally work on film and TV projects.

This is down to a generally lower fee level - the article cites USD 50,000 as a typical figure, although this can increase with additional involvement - and a long contract time, sometimes as much as 6 months.

Whether or not anybody who would normally be currently working for film and TV have made the move into videogames is unclear, and talks have restarted today in an attempt to resolve the dispute over pay between the Guild and the studios.

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