Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed II, and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are among the games under consideration for the Writers Guild of America's Video Game Writing Award this year, the organization's East and West arms said Thursday.
Also nominated is Bethesda-published action game Wet and Activision's movie-licensed game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Winners will be announced on February 20, 2010 during the 2010 Writers Guild Awards, simultaneously held in Los Angeles and New York.
2010 marks the third year for the WGA's Video Game Writing Award. Last year, the award went to Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford, and Cameron Suey, who wrote LucasArts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The first WGA Video Game Writing Award went to Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan, who wrote Dead Head Fred.
The WGA said that the Video Game Writing Award is meant to "encourage storytelling excellence in videogames, to improve the status of writers, and to encourage uniform standards within the gaming industry."
In order to be eligible for the award, credited game writers are required to have been members--or applied to be members--of the WGA's Videogame Writers Caucus at the time of submission. Games also must have separate credits for the writer or writers, and have been released between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.
Below are the video game writing nominees, including individual credits:
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