The Force Unleashed Wins Writers Guild Award

The Force Unleashed Wins Writers Guild Award

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed won the Writers Guild of America's award for best videogame writing in 2008 last night, beating out other nominees like Fallout 3 and Tomb Raider: Underworld.

The Force Unleashed took home the prize for best videogame writing of 2008 last night in a ceremony held by the Writers Guild of America, according to Variety. LucasArts' action game, which relates the tale of a secret apprentice of Darth Vader, beat out prestigious nominees like Fallout 3 as well as out-of-left-field indie contenders like Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble. The other nominees were Tomb Raider: Underworld and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

Congratulations are undoubtedly in order for the writing staff of The Force Unleashed, who crafted a story some say not only puts the game's mediocre gameplay to shame, but even rivals that of the best of the Star Wars films. Still, the award does lose a bit of its luster when you consider not the competition that The Force Unleashed faced but rather the games that it didn't have to beat out, because they weren't even in the running in the first place. 2008 was no slouch for games writing - this was a year that brought us Braid, Grand Theft Auto IV, and No More Heroes. But those three games, along with a whole slew of others I haven't played much less mentioned, weren't even eligible for the award to begin with.

Seems a bit bogus, doesn't it? The Writer's Guild required membership in their videogame writers caucus for credited writers to be eligible for a nomination. Membership costs $75, but when you consider that some of these games, including The Force Unleashed, had multiple credited writers on staff, the fee for entering your name for an award that isn't entirely that prestigious (yet), getting an award might not have been worth the price of admission. An indie game like Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble could front the cost more manageably, because it had a small staff. Or, aside from that, it's possible that companies that had very eligible games just didn't want to buy into the guild out of plain old anti-union sentiments, theorized Ben Fritz at Variety.

And maybe some of the writers just didn't like the idea of having to pay to get an award at all. "[The awards are] a membership drive masquerading as an award ceremony, and that's a large part of the insult," outspoken Braid developer Jonathan Blow wrote. "So, here's what's going on: they are giving out pretend awards, in order to get people to join their caucus. Implicit in this action is the message that we are too dumb to notice what they are doing, or else vain enough that we don't care what's going on as long as we get some awards. I don't take either of those as a compliment."

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Jesus...I thought that said Sonic Unleashed for a moment

SomeBritishDude:
Jesus...I thought that said Sonic Unleashed for a moment

Sorry as much as I liked the wii version of Sonic Unleashed(there was structure in that game compared to the 360 and ps3 version) a cliche anime story does not deserve an award.

SomeBritishDude:
Jesus...I thought that said Sonic Unleashed for a moment

If only.

...... WTF?!?! It's funny, because I had waited and waited and waited for this game, for the story alone. I was even forgiving of some frustrating game play, and features that I didn't completely agree with, because the story started out so well...... then it took a nosedive into something that should have NEVER happened. And it beats out all these other games? I don't get it, not one bit...

Wait it beat out FO3? How? UGH.

Fallout 3 would have won if the ending didn't suck

Tenmar:

SomeBritishDude:
Jesus...I thought that said Sonic Unleashed for a moment

Sorry as much as I liked the wii version of Sonic Unleashed(there was structure in that game compared to the 360 and ps3 version) a cliche anime story does not deserve an award.

Err what? You think I think it deserves an award?! I'm seriously offended.

SomeBritishDude:

Tenmar:

SomeBritishDude:
Jesus...I thought that said Sonic Unleashed for a moment

Sorry as much as I liked the wii version of Sonic Unleashed(there was structure in that game compared to the 360 and ps3 version) a cliche anime story does not deserve an award.

Err what? You think I think it deserves an award?! I'm seriously offended.

Okay hold up I'm lost here SomeBritishDude. How are you offended? I was just commenting on how Sonic Unleashed's story was a cliche anime story and that as a whole I like the game. I did not mean to offend you.

mattttherman3:
Fallout 3 would have won if the ending didn't suck

In my opinion the ending was awesome and made me feel proud of my character. If you want to do more quests you just load the save before you enter the chamber, SIMPLE!

Tenmar:

SomeBritishDude:

Tenmar:

SomeBritishDude:
Jesus...I thought that said Sonic Unleashed for a moment

Sorry as much as I liked the wii version of Sonic Unleashed(there was structure in that game compared to the 360 and ps3 version) a cliche anime story does not deserve an award.

Err what? You think I think it deserves an award?! I'm seriously offended.

Okay hold up I'm lost here SomeBritishDude. How are you offended? I was just commenting on how Sonic Unleashed's story was a cliche anime story and that as a whole I like the game. I did not mean to offend you.

Haha, ok hold up, one of us is not reading each other posts properly,

-I didn't like Sonic Unleashed AT All.
-The story was terrible
-I said "thought it was sonic unleashed for a second" because it seemed like a funny thing to see and it made me do a double take, as a couldn't see a game with such bad voice acting getting that award
-I'm not that offended, i'm not being serious

We understand each other now?

Okay first off, award ceremonies in February -.-

Second, What a joke -.-

Fallout 3 wins for my writing award, beating mgs4 and gta4

uppitycracker:
...... WTF?!?! It's funny, because I had waited and waited and waited for this game, for the story alone. I was even forgiving of some frustrating game play, and features that I didn't completely agree with, because the story started out so well...... then it took a nosedive into something that should have NEVER happened. And it beats out all these other games? I don't get it, not one bit...

I agree with much of the sentiment here; it's baffling how SW:TFU managed to beat out other amazing games such as Fallout, GTA4, No More Heroes, etc. I mean, don't get me wrong, the story wasn't downright HORRIBLE, but it was no where near worthy of beating out any of the above listed games, and hen some others.

If anything, my vote would have to go to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

I mean, come on, Crab battle. Instant win.

mattttherman3:
Fallout 3 would have won if the ending didn't suck

And if a frog had wings it wouldn't bump its ass when it hopped.

Tsuki Tanaka:

uppitycracker:
...... WTF?!?! It's funny, because I had waited and waited and waited for this game, for the story alone. I was even forgiving of some frustrating game play, and features that I didn't completely agree with, because the story started out so well...... then it took a nosedive into something that should have NEVER happened. And it beats out all these other games? I don't get it, not one bit...

I agree with much of the sentiment here; it's baffling how SW:TFU managed to beat out other amazing games such as Fallout, GTA4, No More Heroes, etc. I mean, don't get me wrong, the story wasn't downright HORRIBLE, but it was no where near worthy of beating out any of the above listed games, and hen some others.

If anything, my vote would have to go to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

I mean, come on, Crab battle. Instant win.

Read the OP again, the only one of those games in the running was Fallout 3.

Indigo_Dingo:

mattttherman3:
Fallout 3 would have won if the ending didn't suck

And if a frog had wings it wouldn't bump its ass when it hopped.

If Frogs had wings - Frogger would be a lot easier.

The awards were for the Writers Guild of AMERICA.

Thus, no MGS4.

Congratulations are undoubtedly in order for the writing staff of The Force Unleashed, who crafted a story some say not only puts the game's mediocre gameplay to shame, but even rivals that of the best of the Star Wars films.

Really? Was it actually that good? I mean, it was better than most of the dreck that passes for videogame stories, but come now. Vader turns his coat so often, that the biggest surprise for me was when he doesn't change sides again after the scene on that snowy planet. If you can sense great potential in a tiny child, you should be able to sense when somebody has so much power, that he can take down the Emperor on his own. And the thing about starting a rebellion in order to root out dissidents? That's a perfectly good plan, if there had been any dissidents in the first place. It took several major strikes against the Empire before anyone would consider discussing the possibility of a rebellion, which makes them look more like opportunists, than rebels.

Well, I don't care that much about those points, to be honest. The thing that threw any credibility the game may have had for me, was the ending. Either of them. No matter how strong in the force he is, there is no way in hell a teenage skinhead with daddy issues can defeat the Darth Vader or the Emperor in a straight fight. No. It just doesn't happen. This can't be canon, I'm going to stick my fingers in my ears, close my eyes, and say "nananana" in a loud voice if you try to prove otherwise.

is it just be or does Jonathan Blow hate stories for some reason. Did a book crush his puppy when he was 3 or something?

Fore was "eh" gameplay and "meh" story for me

Jonathon Blow thinks he's a writer?
Or that he could win best writing?

He wrote like, 3 paragraphs for braid?

Which are just ambiguous and try to pass themselves off as "deep" and telling some secret meaning you aren't allowed to know?

Jonathon Blow can bugger off.

The nominess for this award prove it as nothing but some self-congragulatory gimmick.

Aries_Split:
Jonathon Blow thinks he's a writer?
Or that he could win best writing?

He wrote like, 3 paragraphs for braid?

Which are just ambiguous and try to pass themselves off as "deep" and telling some secret meaning you aren't allowed to know?

Jonathon Blow can bugger off.

>:(.

The Force Unleashed definitely deserved to win this. While the final boss is a little ridiculous, the overall story was an enjoyable romp through both familiar and unknown parts of the Star Wars mythos, with a plot that had twists and turns but surprisingly few holes.

Jonathan Blow is right that the Writers Guild Awards are silly because not many games are eligible to win them. He's wrong in thinking he's a game writer. He's a designer and programmer, and his ham-fisted script for Braid (compared with the impeccable final level) is evidence of this.

wut

I played Force Unleashed, and frankly, I saw nothing but lost opportunity in the story. It seemed like the intier narrative was rushed and not expanded on AT ALL. It cried out for a longer game, for fleshing out. We're -TOLD- Juno and Starkiller have a budding romance but we never see it till they share some silly kiss at the beginning of the last level. We're told the Apprentice undergoes tortuous training but we never see it beyond his 16th century british urchin style cloths. Also, what mysteriously turns Starkiller from totally hardcore evil sith lord to wuss who free's tortured tenticle monsters so swiftly? Certainly we don't SEE any of the character development.

Force Unleashed didn't have a story, it had the framework of a story that it rushed to hit the points of before scurrying to a close. Rushed, rushed, rushed, it all screamed rushed to me. GO BACK AND ADD IN THE FULL HALF OF A SCRIPT YOUR MISSING THEN WE'LL TALK, LUCAS.

TsunamiWombat:
I played Force Unleashed, and frankly, I saw nothing but lost opportunity in the story. It seemed like the intier narrative was rushed and not expanded on AT ALL. It cried out for a longer game, for fleshing out. We're -TOLD- Juno and Starkiller have a budding romance but we never see it till they share some silly kiss at the beginning of the last level. We're told the Apprentice undergoes tortuous training but we never see it beyond his 16th century british urchin style cloths. Also, what mysteriously turns Starkiller from totally hardcore evil sith lord to wuss who free's tortured tenticle monsters so swiftly? Certainly we don't SEE any of the character development.

Force Unleashed didn't have a story, it had the framework of a story that it rushed to hit the points of before scurrying to a close. Rushed, rushed, rushed, it all screamed rushed to me. GO BACK AND ADD IN THE FULL HALF OF A SCRIPT YOUR MISSING THEN WE'LL TALK, LUCAS.

Ok, it wasn't a perfect story. But it wasn't as bad as you say it is. I don't want to give away spoilers and unfortunatley that's the only way I can rebutt your points, so I hope people believe me that there was character development. Still, it's a game. If you want all story go watch a movie. Now I haven't played Fallout 3, but if the other conteders are a milk-bladder fest Tomb Raider game, some soft-core anime porn and yet another rehashed C&C then it makes sense that TFU won the award.

By the way, I know it's been said already, but if Jonathan Blow want's to win an award for Best Video Game Story then maybe he should make a video game that has a story. Makes sense to me.

I'm not saying it was bad, i'm saying it was dissapointingly mediocre. You could feel the potential for true epicness. That being said I played the shit out of that game.

Baww. Well, it was Star Wars. And the good kind, not the abysmal prequel medichlorian kind. My hopes for RA3: Uprising weeding its way in again for the 2009 block.

........Wait, what?

Seriously, WTF?!?!

Okay, from now on I won't trust anything that Writers Guild says, no way. Force Unleashed? Really? How much did they pay you guys, huh? Pathetic...

I mean, Tetris had a better story than that piece of videogame failure. Bah...

As a Star Wars fan, I can't help but feel utterly betrayed by this. This game has no other purpose than to cheapen the franchise even more than it already is. Lucas is sliting the wrists of his franchise for his own amusement and the Writer's Guild gives him a fucking award? There is no justice in this world.

I can't quite put my finger on it but I'm pretty sure there's some vaguely ironic about the fact that the only real reason I haven't played Force Unleashed so far is that I can't tolerate the thought of one more drop of Star Wars bullshit "story" in my house. I can't really judge it objectively (haven't played it, remember) but I remember a time when being skilled in the force meant you could choke a dude by pointing at him, or if you were an absolute master of the game, you could lift an X-Wing out of a swamp if you really concentrated. And this guy is pulling Star Destroyers out of orbit?

I'll pass, thanks.

'Star Wars game wins award only because it's Star Wars game; film at eleven..'

Stars Wars: TFU won against Fallout 3 and Tomb Raider: Underworld? Well that's not hard.

Have they even played games which are well written?

 

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