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.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEO GAME WRITING
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
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.