The Writers Guild of America has again nominated several videogames for its annual awards ceremony, including Assassin's Creed: Revelations
and Batman: Arkham City
, among many others for the annual Video Game Writing Award, with winners to be announced in February. This is the fifth year the Guild has presented the award solidifying videogames as a mainstay in the Writers Guid Awards gala.
It's excellent to see the outstanding writing that can come out of videogame development being recognised in an official and rewarding manner, especially with the ever-looming argument of videogames as art (or not, as many have made their positions well known).
The games that were selected for this year's awards had to have been released between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011, and credited game writers must be, or in the process of application, a member of the WGA Video Game Writers Caucus at the time their scripts were submitted.
The games nominated for the 2012 awards and their respective writers 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
Ubsisoft's Assassins's Creed: Brotherhood took last year's awards, which won over nominees such as God of War III, Fallout: New Vegas, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.
The Writers Guild Awards will be hosted on February 19, across two simultaneous ceremonies for the guild's Western and Eastern constituencies, in Los Angeles and New York City, respectively.