wow. if they needed a sci-fi title, choose mass effect. i cant see how it has worse writing than force unleashed
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.
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.
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.
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!
The only nom that New Vegas should've gotten is "Disappointment of the Year". What a disaster that was.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Falllout: New Vegas, fair enough. AC: Brotherhood... Really? Okay, I haven't actually played that one but AC I & II had pretty poor writing.
@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.
I would be more appreciative of the star wars FU2 story if not for the *SPOILERS* cliffhanger/unfinished ending, plotholes, unexplained points, etc.
@ 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.
Mass Effect 2 should have gotten nominated that defiently had one of the best stories last year and of course Heavy Rain.
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.
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.
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