When professional athletes hang up their gloves, skates, cleats, and other pieces of sports equipment when they retire, most opt for a career in sports broadcasting, coaching, or pitchman for topical creams. Not Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, though.
The Sox's ace has formed a game company focusing on massively multiplayer online games called Green Monster Games, named after the famous left-field wall at Fenway Park in Boston. The company's first game is currently in preproduction--no release date or game details have been announced.
"The challenge is not simply in publishing a game but in publishing a game that changes the landscape of the online marketplace," said Schilling. "Our company motto is 'If you can't do it better than it's ever been done before, work for someone else.'"
Schilling knows that, like with baseball, getting a game together is a team effort and has enlisted the help of some other entertainment luminaries. Serving as art director will be Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn comic and noted baseball memorabilia junkie. R.A. Salvatore, a fantasy writer who will keynote the upcoming Dark Age of Camelot Roundtable in Las Vegas, will be the publisher's creative director.
When Schilling isn't on the field mowing down batters with his split-fingered fastball, he's mowing down enemies with fireballs in PC games. A longtime Everquest fan, Schilling teamed up with Sony Online Entertainment earlier this year to help fight Lou Gehrig's disease. A virtual Schilling was put into the game, and every time gamers defeated him, money was donated to the ALS Association.
It appears that SOE may be teaming up with Schilling once again on Green Monster Games--though it's not clear in what capacity. The news was brought to GameSpot's attention by the MMOG publisher, which was unable to comment when asked about its involvement in the new company.