Friday, January 15, 2010

The WGA’s Videogame Writing Award

Earlier today I noticed this article from the Escapist, which detailed the Writer’s Guild of America’s final nominees for their Videogame Writing Award. The nominees are:

- Assassin’s Creed II

- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

- Uncharted 2: Among Theives

- Wet

- X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Now, before you groan a little too much, it’s worth noting that for a writer to be nominated for this award they have to be a member of the WGA and they have to have received a writer credit for their work. That probably does disqualify some of the games one might initially think of for this award.

That said, and let it be known that I have not played a single one off these games, Wolverine? Modern Warfare 2? Wet?!?! In a year that saw Arkham Asylum and Dragon Age, I have a hard time being sold on Wet as the best written game of the year. Conversely, on reputation alone, I’ve no trouble buying into the nominations for Uncharted 2 and Assassin’s Creed II

Surely many of you played these games. How about it? Was the writing in Modern Warfare 2 really all that? And if you can successfully defend Wet’s nomination I’ll buy you a beer. (Note: You have to come to Indy first.)