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 Assassin's Creed ,  Arkham City  authors nominated for Writers Guild award
Assassin's Creed, Arkham City authors nominated for Writers Guild award
January 11, 2012 | By Tom Curtis




The Writers Guild of America has nominated games including Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Batman: Arkham City, and Uncharted 3 as the latest candidates for its annual video game writing award, with the winner to be announced this February.

The annual Writers Guild Awards honor standout writing across a wide range of media industries, and this year marks the fifth time the organization has included a category dedicated to video games.

This year, the WGA selected among games released between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011, and credited game writers must have been or applied to become members of the WGA Video Game Writers Caucus at the time their scripts were submitted.

The nominated games and respective writers for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards are as follows:

- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; multiplayer story by Stephane Blais, Richard Farrese, Jeffrey Yohalem; lead script writer Darby McDevitt; script writers Richard Farrese, Nicholas Grimwood, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Greek and Turkish ambient dialogue writer Vincenzo Beretta; Ubisoft

- Batman: Arkham City, lead narrative designer Paul Crocker; story written by Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

- Brink, lead writer Edward "Bongoboy" Stern; Bethesda Softworks

- Mortal Kombat, story by John Vogel, Brian Chard, Dominic Cianciolo, Alexander Barrentine, Jon Greenberg; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment

Last year, the award went to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which won over nominees such as God of War III, Fallout: New Vegas, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.

The 2012 WGA awards will take place February 19 across two simultaneous ceremonies for the guild's western and eastern constituencies, in Los Angeles and New York City, respectively.


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David Wilcox
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I hope the omission of "Portal 2" is due to some membership/application issue, because it's easily the best-written game of the year.

Myles Shepard
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I was going to make this same comment!

Micah Wright
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As the world's largest union of working professional writers, the WGA requires that the writers of any nominated game receive writing credit for their work. The developers of Portal 2 simply list everyone who worked on the game alphabetically without job descriptions. That's the equivalent of not giving credit, therefore Portal 2 wasn't eligible. Not giving proper credit to games workers is a major problem in the games industry, and we choose not to add to the problem.



Micah Wright

chair, WGA Videogame Writers Caucus

David Wilcox
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Well that answers that. Very interesting - thanks Micah.

Myles Shepard
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And story? in Brink? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Eric Geer
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Disagree--I really enjoyed the story in Brink and further more enjoyed the game immensely. Just because you skipped the cutscenes didn't mean there wasn't a story--two stories at that. And there was quite a bit of story just in dialogue spread throughout the game--whether in game, menu screens,etc ...there is some intriguing stuff in there.


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