Strike is a series of abilities in the series which refers to weapons or support abilities that allows a character to attack with a specific element or status ailment, mostly found on weapons. Strike abilities for elements adds that element to any physical attack done by the character, while Strike abilities for statuses have a 75% chance of being inflicted on a target when attacking physically. The list of strikes are as follows:
The following are not named in any game, but are given these names to keep in line with the current names:
The following are Touch abilities in Final Fantasy X-2, but act the same way a Strike ability would:
There are numerous other Strike abilities, but listing them all would be redundant, since there is essentially a strike for just about any Status ability.
The first game to introduce Elemental Strikes, though due to a bug in the NES version, the Elemental Strikes don't function as they should. The Strikes Firestrike, Icestrike, and Lightningstrike make their debut here.
Elemental Strikes return in this game, with the addition of Holy being added to Elemental Strikes.
Elemental Strike return with the addition of Wind as an Elemental Strike. Status Strikes also make their appearance in this game.
Elemental Strikes return yet again, though Wind is not technically an elements as it is a hidden attribute for Bows. Status Strikes are still around as well, though aren't as plentiful as in the previous game.
Elemental strikes includes Wind yet again as an elemental strike ability, with the addition of Earth as an Elemental Strike. Status Strikes are even fewer in this game, and mostly revolves around Deathstrike.
Water becomes an Elemental Strike in this game finally, and Status Strikes are more plentiful as well.
Elemental and Status Strikes both can only be applied to attacks if a player equips certain materia, such as Fire, Lightning, Destruct, or Hades, into a character's weapon with a linked slot next to an Added Effect materia (for statuses) or Elemental materia (for Elements). It matters not what level the materia are.
Again, the only way to use Elemental and Status Strikes is to Junction the appropriate spells into a character's Elemental Attack or Status Attack slot, if available. The more spells of the chosen spell that is in stock when equipped, the higher chance it will inflict that status or the more elemental damage the character will do.
Status Strikes can be accessed via through either the Add Status ability or by using Zidane's Soul Blade ability while equipped with a weapon that has a status effect. Elemental Strikes are accessed through yet again the variety of weapons found in the game, and are accessed through the following:
The Strike abilities can all be found on weapons dropped or by customizing them onto weapons. The Strikes are first named in this game, and all but Gravity, Holy, Omni, and Tetra appear here.
All of the Strike abilities except Zombiestrike appear in this game, and it marks the first appearance of Gravity, Tetra, and Omnistrike. All of the Status Strikes are Touch abilities instead in this game, but works the same way as a Strike ability does. Several accessories, such as Lag Shock and System Shock, allow for Status Strikes, while other accessories such as Fiery Gleam and Icy Gleam, allow for Elemental Strikes. In addition, all Strike abilities can be used through Garment Grids, with Holystrike and Gravitystrike being only accessible through this method.
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The Writers Guild of America, or (WGA), is the labor union representing writing professionals for television and film productions in the United States. The WGA further consists of two separate entities, Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East, which together engage in collective bargaining.
After its contracts with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) had expired on October 31, 2007, the WGA went on strike on November 5, 2007, lasting until February 12, 2008. Some of the primary issues were residuals for new media distributions, including DVD sales and online downloads and streaming. The previous WGA strike was in 1988. As a member of the WGA contract negotiation committee, Lost executive producer and "show-runner" Carlton Cuse was closely involved in the negotiations.
Industry observers had noted that the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Directors Guild of America (DGA) had major contracts that would expire soon in Spring 2008. Therefore, they thought that WGA might have decided to wait until June 2008, when all three unions could strike simultaneously for increased leverage. The WGA decided otherwise.
Lost's various forays into new media such as downloads sales, free downloads and streaming, mobisodes, video games, and DVDs were closely related to the issues being negotiated for a new contract. However, ABC Television Studios is one of the only studios that had followed the DGA, WGA, and SAG's wishes with regards to these new media (all the things the WGA wanted in the new contract) for Lost: Missing Pieces. 
The strike interrupted production of Season 4 and altered the original plan of a 16-episode run. Having only eight episodes in the can by the time of the strike, ABC decided nonetheless to premiere in early 2008 as intended, even if it meant a truncated season. Cuse and fellow producer Damon Lindelof said that airing a shortened eight-episode season would be contrary to their plan and not ideal, however, they ultimately supported the network's decision not to hold everything over to the next season.
Considering the possibility that episode eight would have to be the season finale, Cuse and Lindelof noted that it happens to contain a small cliffhanger, but not one of the magnitude generally associated with a season finale. They went on to say that the first half of the season was designed to setup questions to be answered in the second half, and that despite the episode eight cliffhanger, fans would feel frustrated in a non-conclusive semi-season.  
After negotiations had finally been resolved on February 12, 2008, Cuse stated that they intend to film five additional episodes for Season 4, giving it a total of 13 episodes. The new episodes were not ready in time to air immediately after the first eight, so there was a five week gap between the airings of "Meet Kevin Johnson" and "The Shape of Things to Come". During the writing of the finale, it was decided that an extra hour of TV would be needed to tell the story the production team wished to tell. An extra hour was granted by ABC after a meeting with producers. The season's finale episode was originally scheduled to broadcast in a finale night alongside Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty, but due to the extra hour, the broadcast would not have finished till midnight in most parts of the USA. It was decided to introduce a further week break between the last two episodes in order to allow the 2-hour finale to air at a more reasonable time. This extra hour for the finale effectively meant the strike caused the loss of only 2 hours from the originally announced 16 episode run. The 2 hours missing hours will still be produced, with 17 episodes now scheduled to be produced in each of the final two seasons, instead of the intended 16.
In 2006, Lost won the WGA Award for "Writing in a Dramatic Series", with the award specifically going to: J.J. Abrams, Kim Clements, Carlton Cuse, Leonard Dick, Paul Dini, Brent Fletcher, David Fury, Drew Goddard, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Adam Horowitz, Jennifer Johnson, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof, Lynne E. Litt, Monica Macer, Steven Maeda, Liz Sarnoff, Janet Tamaro, Christian Taylor, and Craig Wright.
In 2007, Lost had two nominations for WGA Awards that it did not win, for 1) "Writing in an Episodic Drama" for the episode "Two for the Road" by Elizabeth Sarnoff and Christina M. Kim, and 2) "Writing in a Dramatic Series" for J.J. Abrams, Monica Breen, Carlton Cuse, Leonard Dick, Drew Goddard, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Adam Horowitz, Dawn Lambertsen Kelly, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Steven Maeda, Jeff Pinkner, Matt Ragghianti, Liz Sarnoff, and Alison Schapker.