Writers Guild of America release nominations for Video Game Writing Award
The Writers Guild of America have released their nominations list for its Video Game Writing Award (VGWA – needs a catchier acronym I think), and some of the nominees might surprise you. This is the fifth year that the video game writing award has been present as part of the wider Writers Guild of America awards, and the nominees won’t have long to wait to find out the results – the winners will be announced February 19th.
For games to be considered for the category, they need to have had been released between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011, and the credited game writers must already be, or be in the process of applying to be a member of the WGA Video Game Writers Caucus at the time that their video game scripts were submitted.
The 2012 Video Game Writing Award nominees are:
- 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
If Assassin’s Creed: Revelations scoops this years award, it will be the second time running that Ubisoft has won for an Assassin’s Creed title, as Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood won last year’s award.
Good luck to all the nominees. If I were to pick a favourite, it would be Uncharted 3, or Batman: Arkham City. To be honest, however, I’m a little miffed that The Witcher 2 wasn’t a nominee. I may be slightly biased on that front, however.