The current strike, and how it affects gamers
Some of you may already know that members of the SAG-AFTRA voice actor's union is on strike. It's been on since Oct 21. I'm not sure if it only covers video game voice actors or if it extends to other media industries.
Ars Technica's article covers the main points nicely:
Here is Wil Wheaton's blog post on the topic.
So, I sympathize with the actors. Losing your voice sounds pretty horrible. If working at my job resulted in regular bodily harm, I'd want something to change too. But most games these days are made by huge teams, and there are other families affected as well.
I don't have much of an opinion or knowledge about modern unions in general. I know a little more about the division of responsibilities between Developer, Publisher, Distributor in games. Enter my completely self-centered question.
I'm interested in Telltale Batman. I almost pulled the trigger on a Black Friday deal on Season 1, but then I thought about the strike, and whether that would delay the game or possibly result in a harmed product.
WB Games is listed as the distributor, but Telltale is the publisher. Does this mean the game is affected by the strike?
If I withhold from Telltale/WB a sale on an incomplete product, am I helping the actors, but hurting everyone else (coders, artists, writers, designers, etc)?