Posted on January 15, 2012, Ross Lincoln The WGA Awards Nominees For Video Game Writing Are Hilarious
You know what they say about not wanting to join the kind of club that would have you as a member? We kind of feel like that after Friday’s announcement of the Writer’s Guild of America’s WGA Awards nominees for video game writing. They are:
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; Multiplayer Story by Stéphane Blais, Richard Farrese, Jeffrey Yohalem; Lead Script Writer Darby McDevitt; Script Writers Richard Farrese, Nicholas Grimwood, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Greek and Turkish Ambient Dialogue Writer Vincenzo Beretta; Ubisoft
Batman: Arkham City, Lead Narrative Designer Paul Crocker; Story Written by Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Brink, Lead Writer Edward “Bongoboy” Stern; Bethesda Softworks
Mortal Kombat, Story by John Vogel, Brian Chard, Dominic Cianciolo, Alexander Barrentine, Jon Greenberg; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment
Truly, this is the cream of the game-writing crop, each choice a stirring example of what interactive fiction can be. Be it the stunning, underdeveloped ending of Uncharted, the convoluted interquel nonstory of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, the excuse for deliciously hammy voice acting that is Batman: Arkham City, the homoerotic relationship between an ancient storm god and Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat or the… stuff that happens in Brink, we can all rest assured that the WGA did their due diligence and proper research before walking into the nearest Gamestop and picking 5 used games from the new releases wall.
But seriously, what the hell with this? Sure, Uncharted is 50% of a brilliant game. And Mortal Kombat is in my opinion a wonderful B-movie in playable form. And Arkham City is just a great, fun game with amazing voice acting. But are they the best? In a year that also has Resistance 3, Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, , Dragon Age 2, L.A. Noire, and Portal 2, not even. That these greater titles were passed over for f’cking Brink and Assassin’s Creed: Redundanciations is… weird.
The worst thing about this is that you can’t even accuse them of holding nothing more than a popularity contest. This list doesn’t even have the taint of that level of laziness. It’s just a random list of video games. I almost think the judges just googled “video games 2011″ and realized by nominee 3 that they were obviously just sticking to the As and Bs, so they tacked on an M and U to make it look exhaustive.
Look, WGA: thanks for the validation and all, but… we’ll just have our own party. Maybe try again when you’ve actually played a game. KTHXBYE.
NOTE: Yes, it’s true that WGA rules likely meant a lot of people weren’t even eligible to be nominated. As commenter Shikaka points out, the games here were written by people who are actual members of the WGA, which is almost certainly a small minority of game writers. That said, this is hilarious.