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Writers Guild of America game nominees announced

Writers Guild of America game nominees announced

The Writer's Guild of America has nominated a typically odd list of games for the annual games award.

The Writers Guild of America has revealed the five nominations that it believes represent the cream of 2009's crop and, just as is the case every year, the choices are a little...strange.

Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves are Assassin's Creed 2 sit as the most obvious and, perhaps, deserved nominees - but the list is spoiled by two more dubious inclusions. Check the list below.
  • Assassin's Creed II: Story by Corey May, Script Writers Corey May, Joshua Rubin, Jeffrey Yohalem; Ubisoft Entertainment
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Written by Jesse Stern, Additional Writing Steve Fukuda, Story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West, Battlechatter Dialogue, Sean Slayback; Activision
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Wet, Written by Duppy Demetrius; Bethesda Softworks
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Script Writer Marc Guggenheim; Activision
The winner of the WGA's award will be revealed towards the end of February in a big ceremony in LA, reports Kotaku.

The nominees are certainly better than they were last year, where The Force Unleashed walked away with the prize after trouncing Fallout 3, Red Alert 3 and Tomb Raider: Underworld.

The WGA has often been criticised for how it selects winners, with only members of the guild being elegible for nomination.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Pieface 15th January 2010, 13:25 Quote
The Saboteur was an amazing game, suprised that's not in there as a wildcard.
Blademrk 15th January 2010, 13:31 Quote
Wovlerine was actually, quite an enjoyable game (not sure the story was award worthy, but still...).
I really enjoyed the story in AC2, glad it's getting a nomination.
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Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves are Assassin's Creed 2 sit as the most obvious and, perhaps, deserved nominees
Typo? should that be 'and' and nominations'?
NuTech 15th January 2010, 13:40 Quote
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the 'dubious decisions' are WET and Wolverine?

I actually totally agree with WET being including, as arguably the best part of that game was it's lead character (well voiced by Eliza Dusku). They followed in the Half-life 2 tradition of having a heroine that isn't overly sexualised.

As to the quality of the rest of the game, I cannot comment other than to say that while playing the demo, my girlfriend 'liked' it which is probably the best praise anyone has given WET (she actively dislikes video games).

If anything, the most dubious nomination is Modern Warfare 2. While I enjoyed the game, the writing and dialogue sounded like a retarded Michael Bay rewriting an episode of Generation Kill.

The post is Oscar Mike.
Omnituens 15th January 2010, 14:39 Quote
PvZ had a better storyline than all those games.
smc8788 15th January 2010, 14:56 Quote
WET was worse than dubious, it was awful.
SMIFFYDUDE 15th January 2010, 18:00 Quote
Writers Guild of America are not gamers then
Farfalho 15th January 2010, 18:11 Quote
nominees is correct but the are sure is a typo.

I must say that I don't know about WET and never played X-men but today's movie adapted games aren't so good since the movie wasn't quite that nice
SubtleOne 16th January 2010, 05:53 Quote
Guess Batman and Dragon Age weren't worth mentioning...
mikeuk2004 16th January 2010, 17:56 Quote
Uncharted is just brilliant, love the game and can wait for the next :) Assassins Creed 2 is still waiting for me to gather the funds. MW2 is still aiting to be played along with Wolverine so cant comment. Wet is one I was thinking of getting but wonder it it is pants because it dropped in price so quick after launch. Can be boughtt for £13 at xmas and it was only out a short while.
theineffablebob 16th January 2010, 21:55 Quote
Wow, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's story was horrible.
Horizon 18th January 2010, 06:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by SubtleOne
Guess Batman and Dragon Age weren't worth mentioning...

Batman is Batman, and Dragon Age's story was practically a Xerox of Mass Effect awesome game nonetheless.
WGA Writer 26th January 2010, 16:41 Quote
Firstly, the WGA's rules DO NOT discriminate in favor of members -- we invite all nominees to become members of the WGA's Videogame Writers Caucus (our working group for game writers) upon nomination, but ANYONE can nominate their own games.

Secondly, we don't nominate the games ourselves, we depend upon the game writers to do so. If a game you loved isn't here, it's probably because it wasn't nominated. Sometimes this can take the form of the writer being too lazy to send in the application form, other times, it's because a company is terrified of unions (Electronic Arts) and won't allow their employees to nominate themselves for an award given out by a dirty, dirty union (cough cough Microsoft cough).

Thirdly, we are a Guild of Writers... we will not allow the nomination of a game where the company doesn't credit the Writer. EVERY game has actor credits... our stance is that we're at least as important as the actors (if not moreso, as usually they wouldn't have a job without a writer first putting words in their mouths). So, sadly, some games fall by the wayside because the company has an archaic and random manner of crediting their employees, such as alphabetically and without job titles attached (to make it harder for competitors to steal their employees, I suspect). If those companies make a good faith effort to credit their writers in the Press or online, we have been known to change our minds, but that's sadly the reason that games like Bioshock or Resistance haven't been nominated in the past... because the Developer likes to pretend that they don't have writers.

Because we're judging the WRITING in the game, we need a script to read. That's why we don't just pick a game from amongst the games we've enjoyed that year and say "oh, Death Kill 6 was the best written game of the year" -- because we're judging the writing, not the gameplay. These games are read and judged by professional game writers who are members of the WGA. Teams of five writers score each game, and the five highest-scoring games are the nominees, and are then read again by a separate panel of game writers (some of the biggest in the business). Our winner genuinely reflects the best writing in games from amongst the games submitted to us, which is all we can accurately judge.
Blademrk 26th January 2010, 16:56 Quote
@WGA Writer: Cheers for the info :)
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