Monday, October 07, 2013

UK Writer's Awards Announced

The Writer’s Guild UK has announced their annual list of nominees in the achievement of writing. The category of New Media and Video Games is still fairly new, starting out in 2007 alongside its’ American counterpart, but has listed quite a few big name titles and critical darlings. 

“Why should we care, it’s the UK?” When it comes to games and books that tend to cross borders easily versus television or movies, we may see some of these names reappear for the US Writer’s Guild Awards taking place next year. The finalists are Tomb Raider, Lego City Undercover, and Thomas Was Alone. In the case of the Lego game, it’s one of the first from the franchise with full voice acting. So a very strong comedic background to counterbalance the more dramatic heavy content such as Tomb Raider.

I grew up playing Tomb Raider, uncovering the world's secrets and unearthing its treasures. I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her." Rhianna Pratchett, lead writer, Tomb Raider.

I know it’s a small field and not all big hits in terms of sales, but from a writer’s perspective, this is pretty stiff competition with a variety of possibilities. Do you go with the anxiety of Thomas, the way expressionless shapes of objects and creatures enhance the need for detailed writing? Or the lighthearted, but well timed humor of Lego?


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