The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for its second annual Videogame Writing Award, honoring Fallout 3
, Tomb Raider: Underworld
, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
, and Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
The award was first given in 2008, with its stated goal to "encourage storytelling excellence in videogames, improve the status of writers, and foster uniform standards within the gaming industry."
During last year's nominations, the WGA's selection process, which requires entered games to be members of the Guild's Videogame Writers Caucus, came in for criticism, because many professional game writers do not belong to the organization. The requirement to be a member of the Caucus is still in effect for this year's awards.
The full credits for the awards, according to a report
by Variety's Cut Scene blog, are as follows:
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
(EA LA). Writer: Haris Orkin. Story Producer: Mical Pedriana.
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
(Mousechief). Writing: Keith Nemitz. Additional Writing: Adrianne Ambrose.
(Bethesda Game Studios). Lead Writer: Emil Pagliarulo. Quest Writing: Erik J. Caponi, Brian Chapin, Jon Paul Duvall, Kurt Kuhlmann, Alan Nanes, Bruce Nesmith, and Fred Zeleny. Additional Quest Writing: Nate Ellis, William Killeen, Mark Nelson, and Justin McSweeney.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
(LucasArts). Writers: Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford and Cameron Suey.
Tomb Raider: Underworld
(Eidos). Story: Eric Lindstrom and Toby Guard. Screenplay: Eric Lindstrom.
The winner of the award is set to be announced on February 7. Last year the honor went to Vicious Cycle Software's Dead Head Fred
, written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan.