Writers Guild Reveals Game Writing Award Nominees

Writers Guild Reveals Game Writing Award Nominees

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The Writers Guild of America has revealed its nominees for the best videogame writing of 2008 award, and they span a wide breadth of genres from well-known titles like Fallout 3 and The Force Unleashed to a relative unknown like the quirky indie Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!

The Writers Guild of America, when it wasn't too busy negotiating the end of a strike last year, seems to have time to play a few games. The ones they thought had the best writing are up for an award, one that, according to Variety, is one of a kind amongst Hollywood award shindigs. The nominees are: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Fallout 3, Tomb Raider: Underworld, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!

A pretty varied selection, to be sure. Fallout 3 obviously gets credit for the absolutely behemoth amount of writing that went into its dozens of quests and NPC conversations, even if some would argue that the writing itself might've proven that quality will always triumph quantity. The Force Unleashed, I recall, got more acclaim for its story than its gameplay, with some folks even saying its storyline was the best Star Wars yarn outside of the original flicks. Red Alert 3 looked positively over-the-top in its kitsch, and I guess the game pulled off the trick of being un-ironically ironically hammy - either that or the WGA just enjoyed ogling its babe-filled cast. As for Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!, I think that title alone probably warrants some kind of recognition.

The nominees and winners are chosen by the Writers Guild's Videogame Writers Caucus. Any writers who were in the Caucus could submit their own games for nomination (this is how Dangerous High School Girls made it in). Of course a game had to be submitted to be eligible, so if you're seeing a game you think ought to have been recognized, it may very well just not have been submitted for nomination. Where is Gears of War 2, you might wonder. After all, who can forget the best line from all of videogames in 2008?

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Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble is actually a really good game. If you can imagine Saved By The Bell or Grange Hill (Country varying) in the 1920's, then you've just about got it. Oh, and throw in some Cluedo as well.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Seriously?

Underworld? What the fuck?

Please do not let Fallout win :(

Wait, are they allowed to give the award to non-english writers, or is it solely for the US?

sweet - are these awards international?

This is somewhat proof that video games are never that greatly written...in other news, why was Gears of War 2 not mentioned?

"IT'S A WORM, A GIANT WORM!"

"YOU MEAN YOU GONNA BLOW THAT SHIT UP!"

"ARGH, THIS IS SO WRONG, I'M TASTING BLOOD THAT AIN'T MINE"

I kid of course.

Don't forget

"There must be a Shit ton of grubs down there!"

"More like ten shit tons"

and my personal favorite...

"Jus lemme light up Betties titties"

Quality stuff...

Also, despite the game being bleak and completely Fun Starved(tm by Rockstar), where the hell is GTAIV, most of Niko's lines in that game were pretty damn good.

Of the nominated titles only RA3 would be a remotely deserving winner.

Fallout 3 has good writing? Ha ha ha.

Personally I liked the story of TFU, gameplay wasn't great, but I loved the story. I wish they made a movie on TFU more then any other crap.

PedroSteckecilo:
Don't forget

"There must be a Shit ton of grubs down there!"

"More like ten shit tons"

and my personal favorite...

"Jus lemme light up Betties titties"

Quality stuff...

Also, despite the game being bleak and completely Fun Starved(tm by Rockstar), where the hell is GTAIV, most of Niko's lines in that game were pretty damn good.

Dom: You ever seen them eat this stuff, Marcus?

Marcus: They can eat s**t and die for all I care.

The nominations are only for games that head their script submitted to the WGA, which is why the list looks a little weird.

Wow. Evidence that games need to start hiring better writers? Right there. While I've never played the Dangerous HS Girls in Trouble! and am not really familiar with the C&C storyline, the others weren't exactly masterpieces of literature. More like pulp fiction.

Vlane:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Seriously?

Actually, the writing and voice acting in the game were beyond good. Seriously, this deserves consideration for the award.

Complaints about bugs, how the game was too short, or how the character could not platform to save his life (the most common complaints) have little to do with the script. This is not Game of the Year, it's best writing.

Hmmm... they may as well give it to Smackdown vs Raw 2009.

What about Metal Gear Solid 4? It might have been confusing and drawn over a decade but I loved how it wrapped up all the loose ends. Also considering that a good chunk of the game was story.

It's a pity they couldn't go as far back as the Infinity engine games. Planescape: Torment and the entire Baldur's Gate series outshines all of them in terms of writing.

"What about Metal Gear Solid 4?"

"Writers Guild of America"

Dectilon:
"What about Metal Gear Solid 4?"

"Writers Guild of America"

You forgot that it takes a flow chart to understand the story if you haven't played the other games.

Wouldukindly:
This is somewhat proof that video games are never that greatly written...in other news, why was Gears of War 2 not mentioned?

"IT'S A WORM, A GIANT WORM!"

"YOU MEAN YOU GONNA BLOW THAT SHIT UP!"

"ARGH, THIS IS SO WRONG, I'M TASTING BLOOD THAT AIN'T MINE"

I kid of course.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/469184

sheic99:

Wouldukindly:
This is somewhat proof that video games are never that greatly written...in other news, why was Gears of War 2 not mentioned?

"IT'S A WORM, A GIANT WORM!"

"YOU MEAN YOU GONNA BLOW THAT SHIT UP!"

"ARGH, THIS IS SO WRONG, I'M TASTING BLOOD THAT AIN'T MINE"

I kid of course.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/469184

...That is the best summary of its plot I've ever seen.

PedroSteckecilo:
Don't forget

"There must be a Shit ton of grubs down there!"

"More like ten shit tons"

and my personal favorite...

"Jus lemme light up Betties titties"

Quality stuff...

Also, despite the game being bleak and completely Fun Starved(tm by Rockstar), where the hell is GTAIV, most of Niko's lines in that game were pretty damn good.

"Not in the showers!"

The comments on every article reporting the nominations contain criticisms of nominees' writing quality without being any more specific than, "What the fuck?" or "Sucked!" At least here we get people citing examples of what they think is bad writing.

But, seriously, I'd like for someone to make their case on this: How does the writing suck in that nominee you're mocking? Why do you think it sucks?

Dectilon:
"What about Metal Gear Solid 4?"

"Writers Guild of America"

Wasn't Underworld made by a British studio?

Indigo_Dingo:
Wait, are they allowed to give the award to non-english writers, or is it solely for the US?

This being the Writer's Guild of America, they probably only include WGA members in the award nominations, so non-american writers (even English ones) are not going to show up.

Wasn't Underworld made by a British studio

Crystal Dynamics? No, they're in California. They're owned by a British publisher (Eidos), but the studio is American. Core Design (now Rebellion Blue) were the original creators of Tomb Raider, but haven't actually worked on the franchise for years now.

Who at ea had the audacity of adding ra3 to a list for "best anything other then retarded drm"?

Command & Conquer? Seriously, that games writing is as hammy and cheesed up as possible.

NoMoreSanity:
Command & Conquer? Seriously, that games writing is as hammy and cheesed up as possible.

Yes, but it was intentionally so for reasons of funny, and if that is what tickles the WGA's bits, that's what they'll vote for.

GloatingSwine:

NoMoreSanity:
Command & Conquer? Seriously, that games writing is as hammy and cheesed up as possible.

Yes, but it was intentionally so for reasons of funny, and if that is what tickles the WGA's bits, that's what they'll vote for.

Fallout 3 still get's my vote.

 

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