I think it’s fair to say the concept of videogames and awards is pretty commonplace these days. They’re valiantly smeared all over the boxes- in the case of Arkham City GOTY, you can barely see Batman- and, personally, they feel kind of hollow, since just about anyone can give one and the big bad, in charge of deciding the best of the best, we created ourselves and allowed to be run by an obscure cable network and a legion of marketers. But I digress.
The Writers Guild of America came on out and announced the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards and, surprisingly, four videogames were highlighted for outstanding achievement in writing. This. This, is a big deal. The Writers Guild Awards recognise outstanding works in the field of writing in film, television, news, radio and more, and for games to be considered- for the second year in a row- shows a monumental step forward for the medium, both in respect and in artistic prowess.
The games nominated this year include:
Alien: Isolation — Writers Dan Abnett, Dion Lay, Will Porter.
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry — Lead Scriptwriter Jill Murray; Scriptwriter Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jill Murray, Hugo Giard, Wesley Pincombe.
Assassin’s Creed Unity — Story by Alexandre Amancio, Sylvain Bernard, Travis Stout; Scriptwriting Alexandre Amancio, Travis Stout, Russell Lees, Darby McDevitt, Ceri Young; Additional Scriptwriting Jeffrey Yohalem
The Last of Us: Left Behind — Written by Neil Druckmann (who took the WGA for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games, last year)
I have a sneaking suspicion Druckmann might take it again but we’ll know for sure when the winner is announced at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City on Feb. 14.