WGA-Videogame Writing Nominees, Found Lacking

The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominees of Outstanding Achievement in video game writing, 2010. This is great news, as it helps the reputation of gaming as a whole, giving it some credibility, as does the BAFTA awards.

The Nominees

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,
  • Fallout: New Vegas,
  • God of War III,
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands,
  • Singularity,
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Now, I can agree with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, expanding on an already great storyline, involving genetic memories, and global conspiracy (which could stand up to some mild scrutiny). God of War, Singularity, Fallout and I hear good things about, and am planning to buy Singularity and Fallout: New Vegas soon, but I really think some proper contenders are missing.

  • Anyone heard about Mass Effect 2? Possibly the Star Wars of our generation(debatable)?
  • Red Dead Redemption? A western epic about how the old west died, and how hard it is to leave your past behind you?
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, a retelling of the ancient Chinese story, Journey to the West?
  • Heavy Rain even?

Mass Effect 2 was by far the best writing in 2010, and if sci-fi wasn’t your taste, then Red Dead was. The ultimate shame about all this, was that there were conditions to the WGA awards. The game writers have to be card-carrying members, or had to at least have applied before the release date. So really, this is an insider award. Within the limits of membership, only if you comply with us. Pity. Understandable, but still. So WGA, big up to you for doing what you doing.

The Independent awards get less press than the big houses, which I suppose is the point of joining a guild/union, in addition to the other benefits they might offer, but I feel that the average consumer will only see one news piece, and make judgements against games that simply did not meet the criteria. And the FanBoys are going to go nucking futs…

I’m just glad there isn’t a decision as to which platform had the best games this year… ho boy…

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