Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Writer's Guild Awards for Gaming

It's award season, and even the Writer's Guild of America gets in on the action. We can't leave the writers out, now can we? They make up the stories that are told on the screen. What you may not know is that the Guild also has a Video Games category.  Since 2008, games have been included in the ceremonies as the media continues to expand and take over film and television viewers.

The 2014 nominations were announced on Monday, and applied to games released December 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014 and include on-screen credits for writers that are members of the guild. Which is why you'll see the likes of Call of Duty and almost no independent developers. This year's list includes:

  • Alien: Isolation, Writers Dan Abnett, Dion Lay, Will Porter; SEGA
  • Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, Lead Scriptwriter Jill Murray; Scriptwriter Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jill Murray, Hugo Giard, Wesley Pincombe; Ubisoft 
  • 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; Ubisoft 
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind, Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment
The Last of Us did win in 2013, but this is the re-release with the added content, and since it's considered "new" it qualifies for another award. See. People in the business do care about video games. If you're a member of the guild and pay your fees. It still counts.

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