Five games up for WGA outstanding writing award

All jokes aside, it’s interesting to see just who the Writers Guild of America has deemed worthy of the shortlist for this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing. You may expect fine role-players, detailed adventures and action-packed fantasy. What you may not expect: Mortal Kombat. But it’s there.

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEO GAME WRITING

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; Multiplayer Story by St├ęphane 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

I’m not going to pick faults with the WGA‘s list, there are a number of good games on there. But I am going to raise an eyebrow at the inclusion of Mortal Kombat, and not for the obvious reason.

Yes, the game did have a storyline. That’s not the problem. The problem is, that storyline included a plot which saw a female character beaten up for asserting herself. I’m not sure that’s really an “outstanding achievement”, there.

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