Fallout: New Vegas, Assassin's Creed receive WGA noms

God of War III, Singularity, Prince of Persia, and Star Wars: Force Unleashed II also receive 2010 Writers Guild of America nods for achievement in game writing.

The twin Writers Guilds of America--the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE)--today announced their 2010 Videogame Writing Award nominations. Six titles were given nods, including Bethesda and Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas, the story for which was crafted under the supervision of creative design lead and lead writer John Gonzalez. Primary writers included Eric Fenstermaker, Travis Stout, and Chris Avellone, who helped write the original Interplay Fallout games.

Fallout: New Vegas is one of six games that received a WGA nomination.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood was also nominated. Story credits go to Jeffery Yohalem, Corey May, and Patrice Desilets, who has since left the company to found a Montreal studio for THQ. The lead script writer was Yohalem, with Ethan Petty, Nicholas Grimwood, and Matt Turner also contributing.

Another Ubisoft game, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, got a WGA nod as well. It was written by Benjamin McCaw with Marianne Krawczyk serving as its dialogue editor. Krawczyk was also the sole writer of Sony's God of War III, which received a WGA nomination too. That game had additional writing by Stig Asmussen, Ariel Lawrence, and William Weissbaum.

Though it wasn't a smash hit at retail, Activision's Singularity was also honored by the WGA for the skills of its writers. They included Marc Guggenheim, Lindsey Allen, and Emily Silver, with additional writing from Jason Henderson, Adam Foshko, and Michael Cassut.

The last, but in Star Wars fans' estimation not least, nominee is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed from LucasArts. Its executive-producer-writer was Haden Blackman, with David Collins, John Stafford, and Cameron Suey penning the actual in-game script. Additional writing was performed by Tid Cooney, Ian Dominguez, and Tony Rowe.

The Videogame Writing Award will be handed out with the rest of the Writers Guild Awards during simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 5, 2011.

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69 comments
riley3664
riley3664

wow. if they needed a sci-fi title, choose mass effect. i cant see how it has worse writing than force unleashed

FinalDuo1886
FinalDuo1886

Is me, or is this list full of all crappy games, and only 4-5 good games?

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

the writers guild must have had a fire drill that day and forgot to finish up the nominee lists?

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

sweet i LOVE Ubisoft games! im glad Prince of Persia AND Assassin's Creed B0TH got noms

DreadMonkey08
DreadMonkey08

Is anyone else surprised that Red Dead Redemption isn't on this list?

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

I won't be getting Brotherhood at all because of the PS3 exclusives. AC2 was great fun but I was first dubious when they announced the next game so soon after that a few years ago it would have been called an expansion and sold for half the price. Then they reveal that only PS3 owners will get the full experience. Bit of a middle finger to everyone else, really. So f*ck em.

WillyChong
WillyChong

I don't give a crap about who is getting the award. Assassin Creed: Brotherhood is delivering the PC version so late that I started to lose my patience and hopes on it. Not even a specific dates was announced. Hopefully not by the time when Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 is already out, cause both games are my target!

DrMatta
DrMatta

> Assassins Creed > Good Story pick one

pandehz
pandehz

I guess WGA dont write much lately, just review stuff.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

The only nom that New Vegas should've gotten is "Disappointment of the Year". What a disaster that was.

tainted0ne
tainted0ne

No alan wake? Seems this is the one reward Alan Wake should win hands down, but the lack of mention is just mind boggling, I mean the game is pretty much just narrating a book.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

Who do you have to bribe to get an award these days?

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

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Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Amazing, the reaction a comment gets simply for stating that the Assassin's Creed series has great gameplay but shoddy script/dialogue and plot progression. Okay, I didn't actually mention the gameplay in my previous comment but I assumed it went without saying. AC has a great engine. But the story is laughably bad.

rapid_fire915
rapid_fire915

looks like they should have not made this game at all

Jlax13
Jlax13

Assassins creed brotherhood, red dead, and starcraft 2. ACB for the win

kvan33
kvan33

I loved Mass Effect 2, but it's no surprise to me it didn't make the list. That game had virtually no plot. Kinda shocking to me since the first Mass Effect's plot was so excellent.

Seddy8
Seddy8

Singularity was one of the best Least played games ever!

Joseph-X
Joseph-X

i do love this game but i still can't find ED-E anywhere after he was blown to pieces by the Boomers and i still have his Perk. i waited all those in game days any everything.

mikeasimov
mikeasimov

I'll go with Creed on this one with mass Effect 2 not even on the menu

ganesh69
ganesh69

Assassins creed for the win!!

karan_sethi954
karan_sethi954

WGA needs to consult GameSpot first, then put titles for nomination, where's Mass Effect 2 ?

TWayne1020
TWayne1020

Singularity had a good story line !! i don't know about the rest .

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Falllout: New Vegas, fair enough. AC: Brotherhood... Really? Okay, I haven't actually played that one but AC I & II had pretty poor writing.

Pete5506
Pete5506

A few games I never thought I would see on that list

deathwish026
deathwish026

wow i thought new vegas story was pants. guess the majority doesent mean s**t now

the_requiem
the_requiem

@ThePowerOfThat: Am surprised you didn't get any thumbs up coz you've answered the question everyone been asking. Only WGA members are eligible for WGA awards and not all game writers are members of it. That is why some better written games are not on list while shockers like SWTFU2 and ACB are.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I would be more appreciative of the star wars FU2 story if not for the *SPOILERS* cliffhanger/unfinished ending, plotholes, unexplained points, etc.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

what a poor selection, Force Unleashed 2 story is a joke!! SWFU2 didn't live up original title ;)

Shardz7
Shardz7

And these are a few of my non-favorite things...

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Where's Mass Effect 2? Where's Red Dead Redemption? Where's Alan Wake?

UltraFaded-nwK
UltraFaded-nwK

@ D1zzyCriminal Singularity def does deserve more recognition, it was one of the funnest shooters I have played all year. More people should really play that game.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Mass Effect 2 should have gotten nominated that defiently had one of the best stories last year and of course Heavy Rain.

right4dead
right4dead

why dont they fix the glitches now? those lazy bums

PinkyFingarNail
PinkyFingarNail

God of War is here but not MASS EFFECT 2 ??? Kratos hardly talks!

Alex_09
Alex_09

The Writers' Guild of America must have given up reading a while back...

Shoaka
Shoaka

Wow, not the list I would've came up with.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I thought Assassin Creed Brotherhoods writing was horrible, the game and a sloppily rushed beginning and end, the only reason I put up with it was because the gameplay in between was decent, the ending too upset a lot of people, but by that point I couldn't have cared less because I was still pretty pissed by how they rushed the last two sequences were, I felt pretty cheated by that.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

The problem is that so few games even qualify for Writers Guild awards because so few writers for games are in said Guild. So half the time the games that receive nominations are ones that, in general opinion, actually have substandard writing.

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

Who picks the nominees? I'd question a couple of the selections.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

And FU 2 stands for Force Unleashed 2, not, well, you know, the OTHER FU.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

@ s4dn3s5 I'm pretty sure they nominated the first one...for some reason. They don't say FU 2.

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Gh05t_

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