WGA’s Videogame Writing Nominees Are a Joke

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I didn’t think videogame awards could get any worse than Spike’s VGAs, but the Writers Guild of America has proven me wrong with its nominees for “outstanding achievement in videogame writing” in the upcoming Writers Guild Awards — LA and New York ceremonies to be held simultaneously on Saturday, February 20.

The nominees for this year’s WGA Videogame Writing Award are Wet, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Assassin’s Creed II. Seriously, those are the real nominees! Look at that monkey… even he can’t believe it!

Uncharted 2 deserves the nomination (and it should win), but most of the other selections are a sham — I can’t speak for Assassin’s Creed II since I’ve barely played it, so I’ll leave it out of this argument. No offense to the writers and developers of these games, but come on – Wet, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Modern Warfare 2 are really being singled out for their “outstanding achievement in videogame writing?” REALLY!?

I enjoyed all three of those games in terms of gameplay, but never in a million years would I ever even think of considering any one of them noteworthy for quality writing. In fact, the writing is their weakest link!

If these awards are truly dedicated to honoring videogame writing excellence, how can a game like Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time not be nominated? The writing in that game is as good as any of the best Pixar movies, if you ask me. And what about Dragon Age: Origins? I take issue with some of its dialogue, but it’s still a million times better than these nominees and should be in the running on sheer volume alone. Brutal Legend and Batman: Arkham Asylum are also more deserving. Hell, I would even give a nod to games like Half-Minute Hero, Holy Badman! and Little King’s Story over these nominees for their quirky, witty writing, but obviously they are too niche to ever be considered for any type of mainstream award.

To be fair, only members of the WGA can be nominated, so perhaps some of these games I’ve mentioned weren’t even eligible. Though according to the press release, the WGA received a record number of submissions this year, so I have to believe more deserving candidates were tossed out in favor of hype and mainstream appeal.

That’s what I think anyway, but what say you? Do these nominations sound fair? Are there any other games you’d like to see recognized for their writing?

2010 Writers Guild Awards Videogame Writing Nominees Announced [Writers Guild of America]
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