Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Wins Videogame Writing Award

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Wins Videogame Writing Award

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The big winner of the Videogame Writing Award at the 2011 Writers Guild of America Awards has been chosen, and his name is Ezio.

The mysterious ways of the Writers Guild of America and its nomination process for videogame writing awards were in the headlines recently as Micah Wright, the chairman of the WGA Videogame Writers Guild, stirred up a wee bit of a hornet's nest as he explained why some games were nominated for an award while others weren't. Particularly noteworthy in the "not nominated" category were BioWare's Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption from Rockstar, both of which seemed like obvious choices and yet neither of which were even in the running.

But largely forgotten in the tempestuous teapot were the games that did make the list: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas, God of War 3, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Singularity and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. The WGA Awards were handed out on Saturday night, February 5, and the big winner was chosen as Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Credit for the game's story went to Patrice Desilets, Jeffrey Yohalem and Corey May, while Yohalem got the nod as lead script writer while Ethan Petty, Nicholas Grimwood and Matt Turner were named as script writers.

As Wright explained, the nomination process requires that entrants must be members of the Videogame Writers Caucus, which costs $60 annually, and that nominated games have at least one credited writer. Both Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption likely would have been finalists for the award, he said, but neither BioWare nor Rockstar bothered to put them up for consideration.

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Eh, I kind of wish New Vegas would have won. But Brotherhood is good as well I guess.

The Forgotten Sands?

Are they having a fucking laugh, or did they just include everything and anything that could be considered on the "shortlist"?

And can we please get rid of this goddamn Captcha thing, and at the very least replace it with one of the spam filters with legible writing?

And just so my post doesn't consist solely of questions, here is this sentence.

Irridium:
Eh, I kind of wish New Vegas would have won. But Brotherhood is good as well I guess.

New Vegas? I love the game, but it's story was incredibly lacking, especially in the early stages. Extra Credits really explained that one well.

What the hell? I think AC:B's storyline was interesting enough but really went DOWNHILL. It's all goddamn aliens.

Also, for the love of GOD!

Get rid of the Captcha, I had enough, find another alternative. I am getting SICK! Every Captcha here requires me to refresh at least three times to get something legible!

Andy Chalk:
Both Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption likely would have been finalists for the award, he said, but neither BioWare nor Rockstar bothered to put them up for consideration.

It's kind of like stopping right before the finish line in a racing game, then just sitting there until everyone passes by. You're so superior that you don't even need to place to know that you've won.

Really, this surprised me. I've never played AC:B, but some of the other choices seem like odd ones, seeing that they were received so badly.

LOL god Bioware and Rockstar are awesome. They didn't even care enough to pay the $60 consideration fee.

I bet RDR would have won though. All the critics loved it.

Huh. I thought Brotherhood's story was kind of 'meh'.

AC2 had Ezio developing from a happy young carefree lad into a cold-blooded killer over time and a series of events learning the ways of the Assassins, while Brotherhood's story was just 'They move to Rome kill a bunch of people.'

EDIT: I just had to refresh yet another Captcha 4 times to get something that even looked like a word. Ugh.

Well deserved, out of the nominations at least. Can't believe ME2 wasn't in there, but as the OP said: needs to be put forward by the company.

Loved the AC2/ACB story though. Very involving.

Congratulations for Brotherhood and its writers.

It may not be a story masterpiece, but it was very well done and I enjoyed it.

New Vegas should have won. Also, The Force Unleashed II and The Forgotten Sands are on the list? Fucking seriously?

Aren't writing awards supposed to be given to games with good writing? Or is this some sort of weird satirical joke?

Cowabungaa:

Irridium:
Eh, I kind of wish New Vegas would have won. But Brotherhood is good as well I guess.

New Vegas? I love the game, but it's story was incredibly lacking, especially in the early stages. Extra Credits really explained that one well.

Perhaps, but it didn't bother me. I'd rather start with minimal story then start with an insanely stupid story. Like your father just up and leaving without telling anything to his only child, and assuming that the insane vault overseer who hated him and you would do nothing drastic upon learning your father broke the vault's biggest rule.

I love the AC series, I would even go as far as to call myself an AC fanboy, but even I think it winning this award is a little bit of a stretch. Sure, out of the other options, ACB is easily the best choice, but still...

Also, I'm gonna hop on this bandwagon: get rid of the fucking Captcha. For the love of God, the last time I did it, I had to refresh 5 times, twice because it wasn't legible, twice because there were letters with accents,and once because the Captcha was in CHINESE (or Japanese...)!

Wow. AC:B had a terrible story. RDR and ME2 should've tied despite not even entering. Besides, the rest of the entries were freakishly bad in the writing department. Force Unleashed 2? The Forgotten Sands? Are you freaking kidding me?!?

Bit of a shame really. Am I the only one who thought brotherhood felt like there were big chunks of the story cut at the last moment? The story just felt rushed...

In a bid to incite some healthy flame war i'd liek to ask why Halo Reach didn't get into the shortlist. I mean it was no classic (wasn't made by Bioware or Rockstar y'see) but it's story was certainly better than The forced unleashed and imo Brotherhood. js

I can see why "Brotherhood won", while not entirely original it uses concepts that aren't as heavily retreaded as a lot of the other games are. I think both "Mass Effect 2" and "Red Dead Redemption" would have gotten blown out as both are decent, but massively stereotypical retreads of genere stereotypes in heavily written generes. A well told story doesn't nessicarly make it the best when there are more creative things out there, or at least fresher material.

I also tend to agree that "New Vegas" should have won, largely because it's a genere that hasn't been visited all that often (though it's becoming more common) and I think it had enough stuff that gets away from convention to overpower "Brotherhood's" spins.

HOWEVER, politics does enter into these kinds of awards and Brotherhood has something of an Anti-Western/Anti-Religion bent to the whole thing even moving away from the Arabic setting of the first game. I think that plays to the biases of a lot of the people giving these kinds of awards since it makes them feel "edgy" and like they are "doing something" by supporting such things. "New Vegas" probably wasn't seen as being 'relevent' enough, and all of the Americana involved probably didn't sit well with the guys doing the awards.

BenTheWolf:
Bit of a shame really. Am I the only one who thought brotherhood felt like there were big chunks of the story cut at the last moment? The story just felt rushed...

In a bid to incite some healthy flame war i'd liek to ask why Halo Reach didn't get into the shortlist. I mean it was no classic (wasn't made by Bioware or Rockstar y'see) but it's story was certainly better than The forced unleashed and imo Brotherhood. js

Yeah, the bit between 1503 to 1507 where they suddenly jumped from Rome to north Spain just sort of screamed THIS WILL BE FILLED WITH DLC!

Why...are Force Unleashed 2 and Forgotten sands on this list...It...I...but...eh!?

MiracleOfSound:

AC2 had Ezio developing from a happy young carefree lad into a cold-blooded killer over time

Yeah.

It also had

I'm sure Brotherhood expands on that... but at least there's absolutely nothing so jarring and stupid they could possibly follow it up with.

Irridium:

Cowabungaa:

Irridium:
Eh, I kind of wish New Vegas would have won. But Brotherhood is good as well I guess.

New Vegas? I love the game, but it's story was incredibly lacking, especially in the early stages. Extra Credits really explained that one well.

Perhaps, but it didn't bother me. I'd rather start with minimal story then start with an insanely stupid story. Like your father just up and leaving without telling anything to his only child, and assuming that the insane vault overseer who hated him and you would do nothing drastic upon learning your father broke the vault's biggest rule.

Oh sure it's fun, but you know, that's kinda not the point of an award for good writing.

JourneyThroughHell:

MiracleOfSound:

AC2 had Ezio developing from a happy young carefree lad into a cold-blooded killer over time

Yeah.

It also had

I'm sure Brotherhood expands on that... but at least there's absolutely nothing so jarring and stupid they could possibly follow it up with.

They weren't aliens, lol.

They were

MiracleOfSound:

JourneyThroughHell:

MiracleOfSound:

AC2 had Ezio developing from a happy young carefree lad into a cold-blooded killer over time

Yeah.

It also had

I'm sure Brotherhood expands on that... but at least there's absolutely nothing so jarring and stupid they could possibly follow it up with.

They weren't aliens, lol.

They were

Fix spoiler tags in your original post.

And, yeah.

That's much better, man.

Much better.

JourneyThroughHell:

Fix spoiler tags in your original post.

And, yeah.

That's much better, man.

Much better.

Fixd

Lol what's wrong with it? I think it's cool. It's no worse than any other sci-fi story!

MiracleOfSound:

JourneyThroughHell:

Fix spoiler tags in your original post.

And, yeah.

That's much better, man.

Much better.

Fixd

Lol what's wrong with it? I think it's cool. It's no worse than any other sci-fi story!

Well, maybe not worse. Not a point in its favour, though.

It's out-of-place. It's stupid. It's not executed that well. It makes no sense.

And... why in the hell does everyone in that fucking game talk with that horrid Italian accent?

JourneyThroughHell:

Well, maybe not worse. Not a point in its favour, though.

It's out-of-place. It's stupid. It's not executed that well. It makes no sense.

And... why in the hell does everyone in that fucking game talk with that horrid Italian accent?

Because that's what Desmond hears in the Animus. It helps make it more authentic for him. That's why some of the translation gets buggy and is still in Italian.

And I like the whole you-know-what plot point, it gives context to all the religious imagery and themes in the game and gives a whole new spin on religion in general - especially regarding the

. I thought it was really clever and made me go 'awesome!' first time I saw it.

MiracleOfSound:

JourneyThroughHell:

Well, maybe not worse. Not a point in its favour, though.

It's out-of-place. It's stupid. It's not executed that well. It makes no sense.

And... why in the hell does everyone in that fucking game talk with that horrid Italian accent?

Because that's what Desmond hears in the Animus. It helps make it more authentic for him. That's why some of the translation gets buggy and is still in Italian.

And I like the whole you-know-what plot point, it gives context to all the religious imagery and themes in the game and gives a whole new spin on religion in general - especially regarding the

. I thought it was really clever and made me go 'awesome!' first time I saw it.

Well, different strokes, I guess.

I could not keep a straight face during the final boss fight.

The boss fight in the first game was awesome, though.

You know what? I like Assassins Creed 1 better. I really do.

JourneyThroughHell:

Well, different strokes, I guess.

I could not keep a straight face during the final boss fight.

The boss fight in the first game was awesome, though.

You know what? I like Assassins Creed 1 better. I really do.

You're not the only one. Hubilub thinks the same.

I liked the story in AC1 but the gameplay... hated it. Hated, hated, hated it.

I thought the storyline for brotherhood was really good I like the ending and it got me hooked for the next game.

I swear they pick of these nominations at random.

Maybe they should only consider good writing if the game is any good. Just saying...

Ass Creeds story is crap. Seriously. It could be really good, but they fuck it up really fucking hard. Seriously!!! How is this possible??

10/10 I mad.

MiracleOfSound:

JourneyThroughHell:

Well, different strokes, I guess.

I could not keep a straight face during the final boss fight.

The boss fight in the first game was awesome, though.

You know what? I like Assassins Creed 1 better. I really do.

You're not the only one. Hubilub thinks the same.

I liked the story in AC1 but the gameplay... hated it. Hated, hated, hated it.

What did you like about the storyline? Not questioning your opinion, just curious. Do you mean the general concept of it or the execution? I personally found both to be terrible. The guildmaster hands you a list, with nine targets. You do so, with the only sub plot being Altair's regret about his arrogant behaviour at the beginning of the game. It is then revealed that

I am proud to say that I'm infatuated with the Assassin's Creed series. However, the only award they deserve is a Game of the Year award for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and a 'Worst Writing for a Video Game' award to go along with it.

P.S Anyone else know that there are nine AC games?

I disagree with this choice... AC:B wasn't bad, but it certainly didn't have the best story of 2010.

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