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.)

3 comments:

Dan said...

MW2 has no story, it's a bunch of mish mashed parts it's a complete cluster fuck of a plot. MW1 had a decent story, even while jumping to various characters but MW2 that's absurd.

As for Wet I can see how that might be nominated from a story aspect, especially when MW2 is in there. Granted there are far better choices but as you said not everyone can get n this so who knows the pool to pick from.

Regardless UC2 should win this hands down.

billysasquatch said...

Me thinks that voice acting and scene direction is what WGA is mistaking for storytelling. In the case of MW2 it is what Dan says, a mish mash. Moments that look and sound nice but go nowhere.

Joel Hulsey said...

I agree. Wet??? Not that I wouldn't love to get a free beer, but there's just no way I could make that nomination. My vote would go to Dragon Age, not brilliant by any stretch but brilliant compared to most video games.