Recently the Writers Guild Of America took part in selecting nominees for their annual Best Writing in a VideoGame Award for 2010. The list below is comprised of their top picks for the coveted award which will be distributed on February 5th, 2011:
2010 Videogame Writing Nominees:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Story by Patrice Desilets, Jeffrey Yohalem, Corey May; Lead Script Writer: Jeffrey Yohalem; Script Writers: Ethan Petty, Nicholas Grimwood, Matt Turner; Ubisoft
Fallout: New Vegas, Creative Design Lead/Lead Writer: John Gonzalez; Writers: Chris Avellone, Eric Fenstermaker, Travis Stout; Additional Writing: Tess Treadwell, George Ziets, Jason Bergman, Nick Breckon, Matt Grandstaff, Will Noble, Andrew Scharf; Bethesda Softworks
God of War III, Written by Marianne Krawcyzk; Additional Writing by Stig Asmussen, Ariel Lawrence, William Weissbaum;Sony Computer Entertainment
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii), Writer: Benjamin McCaw; Story Dialogue Editor: Marianne Krawczyk; Ubisoft
Singularity, Written by Marc Guggenheim, Lindsey Allen, Emily Silver; Additional Story and Writing: Jason Henderson, Adam Foshko, Michael Cassutt; Story and Script Consultant: Adam Foshko; Activision
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Executive Producer-Writer: Haden Blackman; In-Game Script: David Collins, John Stafford, Cameron Suey; Additional Writing: Tid Cooney, Ian Dominguez, Tony Rowe; LucasArts
After carefully looking over this list, I can easily admit that the first 3 games rightfully deserve the consideration they’ve been given. However, I find it hard to believe that several other noteworthy titles failed to be acknowledged. Both Bioware and Rockstar struck gold last year with their critically acclaimed releases of both Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption, yet they failed to be mentioned.
Even titles like Enslaved, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Castlevania: Lords Of Shadows were cited as having great stories by several fans, including some of our very own editorial staff members. I’m curious to hear what you guys think about these choices? Do you agree with every game on their list? Which games do you think deserve recognition? Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below.