The Last of Us wins outstanding writing award

Lost Planet 3 never stood a chance.

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Naughty Dog's acclaimed PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us has notched up another award over the weekend, this time bringing home the gong for the Writer's Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games.

Creative director Neil Druckmann received the award, with the post-apocalyptic tale of survivors Joel and Ellie trekking from Boston to Utah (unsurprisingly) beating out Batman: Arkham Origins, God of War: Ascension, and Lost Planet 3.

To be eligible for the WGA award, submitted games are required to have a separate credit for writing, and the credited writer(s) must be, or apply to be, a member of the WGA's Videogame Writers Caucus. Membership costs $100 a year, though Naughty Dog can probably afford it, as The Last of Us sold over 3.4 million copies in its first month on sale.

In responding to messages of congratulations on Twitter, Druckmann said "thanks for all the kind words, y'all. Once again I couldn't be prouder to be a Naughty Dog. Shout out to all my fellow nominees!"

The Last of Us also dominated the People's Choice category in GameSpot's Game of the Year 2013 awards.

Discussion

146 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

Definitely well deserved. Just hope it doesn't win any gameplay awards because that's not at all it's strongpoint.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Very happy about this. they deserve it very much!

cgobeil
cgobeil

I'm thinking of buying a The Last of Us PlayStation 3 bundle.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Uh oh here comes the angry Xbox and PC nerds! :p..Let the war begin.


divinejester
divinejester

Although they deserve it, any award where you have to pay to be a member of is kind of sketchy.

benelori
benelori

Well the writing was mediocre, because of the great amount of cliches and predictable scenes...the ending redeems all those a bit, but still...as far as plot goes anyway


The characters were very well written, so perhaps that is what makes this game so appealing, I dunno...

rachellouise
rachellouise

All I see from people is "PS is amazing", "Sony is amazing". "Sony's games are amazing". I don't think a cliche story of escorting an immune from point A to B is the most original thing, and the changes in relationship are not even witnessed. I  mean, when it fades out, they're still a bit cold to each other - when it comes back he's shouting "I'm coming baby girl" etc. ...8-8.5/10 or so. Not 10/10 like people keep gushing. IMO Telltale's writing in TWD blows this out the water, you're actually feeling the change in attitude towards other characters etc. They didn't qualify for this award I take it? Too bad, well TLOU was the best f the ones mentioned here.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Really tired of hearing about this game now, let it go please.

baxwam
baxwam

As much that I think this game is overrated (looking at you Shit Station fans)  This game does have amazing writing/story telling.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Last of Us is an extremely well-written story, but admittedly its competition was pretty weak (story-wise, that is).

LE5LO
LE5LO

This is great, the WGA have annual awards to pat their members on the back because they might not get the recognition elsewhere. What happened to awarding something because that person truly deserved it over all the other competition, not because they were part of a guild, paid a $100 fee and the extremely limited competition within that guild generally put out the same old unoriginal stuff they'd been doing for years.

Imagine if the Last of Us didn't come out, and something like Lost Planet 3 won "the Writer's Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games." What an embarrassingly broken system, where even something mediocre has the potential to win because of superficially imposed conditions.

Basically, the award is totally redundant this year. Nice going WGA, you money hungry fools!

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

The Last of Us is pretty much best game to end the 7th Generation of Gaming in generation when you think about it

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

All that's left to win now is "Award for Awards Most Won by a Game"

NTM23
NTM23

Deservedly so. I hadn't thought about it much, but it really is one of, it not the only game to send shivers down my spine due to the drama on screen. One or two other games have done it perhaps.

LE5LO
LE5LO

The ending was excellent, it truly deserves it.

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

Last of Us once again proves its ground :)

Well deserved!

frozengrudge
frozengrudge

The Last of Us bags yet another award! 200 awards and counting! As expected Xbots here are bashing the masterpiece that is TLoU. Name an xbox exclusive that won over 200 awards. THERE'S NONE! 

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

just got my vita, it gave me a reason to purchase crash 2 and 3! BEST GAMES EVEEEEEEEER!

Thank you Naughty Dog

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

The story in TLOU is good but it's just a mashup of several other stories that have been around for a while. That's like Dead Space winning an award for writing when it's just a rip off of System Shock (didn't say the game wasn't amazing).

xei_four
xei_four

@cgobeil  Do it. Best game since RE4, maybe even better. No joke.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

@Navardo95  I'm a PC player and future PS4 player, your idea of a rightful comment is broken

tightwad34
tightwad34

@benelori The writing and thus story have got to be the strongpoint of the game because the gameplay itself was O.K. at best. Main reason I think it's way overrated is that gameplay is #1 for me.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@baxwam  Thank you, shit box bot, you opinion is irrelevant

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@hadlee73  Only real contender was Bioshock Infinite, but even its big twist was pretty predictable.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@benleslie5 Kingdom Hearts 2.5 will be the best HD collection game to end the 7th Generation of Gaming in generation without any thinking at all.

Gamerhomer
Gamerhomer

@analogjunkie24  

This video, which is exactly TLOU proves you are looking at this video and thinking it looks better than another video when they are both the same. Try playing TLOU instead of finding online videos and pretending you have experienced the game.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@frozengrudge I am a Sony guy, but I say awards mean nothing. I don't care if my favorite game wins all the awards. In the end it's all pointless. Completely subjective.

Fresh_C
Fresh_C

@frozengrudge Why do we always have to turn it into fanboyism?


It's a great game. I played it. I enjoyed it. Maybe it even deserves this award (though I feel like the contest rules are needlessly prohibitive).  

Yes, Naughty Dog did a great job. No need to rub it in people's faces.

LE5LO
LE5LO

@bu3aDeL_Maz Very fond memories of those games; Crash 3 was my favourite as a kid, it brought so many new features to the series, but back then I think I had much better control over those levels where you're on foot and scrolling forwards! For me, they're awkward to play now. I think the flying, water skiing, forwards racing (great wall of China, motorbike), and side scrolling swimming in C3 would still control really well today, but I couldn't be bothered getting up to them again! I lost my patience after 30 seconds of scrolling forwards in the first stage. ;,(

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

@Grenadeh The first & second System Shock games borrowed ideas from Alien & Aliens movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey, & other stories. The story & gameplay of System Shock 1 & 2 & Dead Space share some similarities, but they also have major differences.

Overall, IMO, the Dead Space series is a lot better than both System Shock games in terms of story, gameplay, special effects (obviously), & popularity.

NTM23
NTM23

@Grenadeh  A ripoff of System Shock? Eh, kind of, but I can find other things to better compare it to. You're basically saying it shouldn't win because it's derivative, which in the end doesn't really matter. I also wouldn't call it entirely derivative; The Last of Us, or Dead Space, at least not in the sense that it's diminished for it.

ryogapower
ryogapower

@lilrobda1 @benleslie5  eh? why are you even talking about a ps2 game? irrelevent! i agree with our esteemed moderator, like it or not, TLOU is a fitting end to the 7th generation and THE game that sums up how far we came in this past generation. A shining example of a game that shone on every front.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@Fresh_C @frozengrudge I prefer Xbox and loved this game. This is the only game on PS that is worth playing. This game was amazing, but it really only deserves one playthrough. There is no replay value whatsoever.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

@LE5LO I totally agree with you, Crash 3 is a great game I just wish it had more running and jumping levels rather than too many vehicle/animal riding levels. it's why im playing 2 right now.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@dani_i89 Funny, I see it that this game is good but way overrated while most the other exclusives are better IMO.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@dani_i89 Well then I and a bunch of other people I know are geniuses because we all figured it out.

Fresh_C
Fresh_C

@dani_i89 @Fresh_C@frozengrudge I generally give all games only 1 playthrough, unless they're competitive games, or puzzel/music games, so I agree with you on the replay value.

However, saying that this is the only game on PS worth playing is a very loaded statement. I guess it depends on what type of games you like.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

@LE5LO sorry I misunderstood you, English is my second language.


Now that you mention it, crash's movement is really crappy. Sometimes he goes in a direction you did not intend to and just fall 0.o... I guess you're right about the 8 way movement. Although, to be honest, after a while you get the hang of it.


But if there was ever a re-make version of the first three original Crash games, I would totally spend money on it again.

LE5LO
LE5LO

@bu3aDeL_Maz "too many vehicle/animal riding levels"


NOOOO! Sorry dude, I think we're the opposite, I loved the vehicle/animal riding levels! By "on foot and scrolling forwards" I meant the levels where you are just controlling Crash (not racing) at your own leisure and can go as forward as slowly as you like. Recently playing, it felt like I couldn't move diagonally as precisely as I could when I was younger, so I gave up jumping on boxes for fruit and decided to holding down up to move forwards and get through the stage quicker instead of wasting my time trying to get everything. I wish he moved like Mario in Mario 64, with full 360 degree movement on the analogue stick, but those first 3 Crash games were designed with just the 8 ways degrees of movement, even when using the analogue stick. That's what made it a little hard to pick up again, I've been spoilt by full movement for so long, it's too hard to go back to the days where it was something we put up with more often than not.

If they go back and just update Crash's on-foot movement (ie.give him a full 360 degrees of control instead of 8) and re-release all three games with the same old graphics, I'd re-buy them all the second they come out.