And the winner of SWG best video game writing is.....

Screen Writers Guild of America have decided on the best video game writing of last year:  

 


VIDEOGAME WRITING WINNER

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment

http://www.wga.org/awards/awardssub.aspx?id=1517     
 
And a reminder of those nominations again:  
 

  • Assassin's Creed II, Story by Corey May, Script Writers Corey May, Joshua Rubin, Jeffrey Yohalem; Ubisoft Entertainment 
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Written by Jesse Stern, Additional Writing Steve Fukuda, Story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West, Battlechatter Dialogue, Sean Slayback; Activision 
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Wet, Written by Duppy Demetrius; Bethesda Softworks 
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Script Writer Marc Guggenheim; Activision    

 

[Edited to add: Yay!  I spun this post off in to an acknowledged tip in Joystiq]

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30 Comments
Posted by finmon

Screen Writers Guild of America have decided on the best video game writing of last year:  

 


VIDEOGAME WRITING WINNER

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment

http://www.wga.org/awards/awardssub.aspx?id=1517     
 
And a reminder of those nominations again:  
 

  • Assassin's Creed II, Story by Corey May, Script Writers Corey May, Joshua Rubin, Jeffrey Yohalem; Ubisoft Entertainment 
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Written by Jesse Stern, Additional Writing Steve Fukuda, Story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West, Battlechatter Dialogue, Sean Slayback; Activision 
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Wet, Written by Duppy Demetrius; Bethesda Softworks 
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Script Writer Marc Guggenheim; Activision    

 

[Edited to add: Yay!  I spun this post off in to an acknowledged tip in Joystiq]

Posted by Geno

Well, better than last year's I guess. 

Posted by Meowshi
Posted by Meowayne

Wow, thats just sad. And Shattered Memories is missing.

Posted by rjayb89

So, it's been proven.  Uncharted 2 is the Avatar of gaming.  Unoriginal script with massive sugar-coating.

Edited by Spacetrucking

How did Wet and Wolverine get nominated for best writing ? Where's Silent Hill & DRAGON AGE ? Gah, nevermind. Uncharted 2 is the deserving winner anyway. Amy Hennig is a brilliant writer and this recognition is long overdue.

Posted by onimonkii

i thought this was some kind of award by/for star wars galaxies

Posted by Kelswitch
@onimonkii said:
" i thought this was some kind of award by/for star wars galaxies "
This, also these are some baaaaaad nominations. 
Seriously, WET and Wolverine? Modern Warfare's story was its weakest point too.. 
And yeah, where the heck are Dragon Age and Brutal Legend?
Posted by DCFGS3

Wolverine and MW2's nominations are a joke.

Posted by Tebbit
@rjayb89 said:
" So, it's been proven.  Uncharted 2 is the Avatar of gaming.  Unoriginal script with massive sugar-coating. "
It's unoriginal, sure. But it is also really well written. Thus I feel this award is justified, even if all the other nominees (with the exception of AC2) were walking jokes.
Posted by nanikore

 @finmon said:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Written by Jesse Stern, Additional Writing Steve Fukuda, Story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West, Battlechatter Dialogue, Sean Slayback; Activision  "

  
 
Posted by dbz1995

But MODERN WARFARE 2! It had so many plot twists and exciting moments you were close to dying from loss of blood from orgasms and ejaculation

Posted by Rhaknar

dragon age isnt even nominated so the whole thing is rendered moot in my opinion

Posted by evanbrau
@nanikore said:
"  @finmon said:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Written by Jesse Stern, Additional Writing Steve Fukuda, Story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West, Battlechatter Dialogue, Sean Slayback; Activision  "

  
 
"
LOL, does anyone have the one where Bert from Sesame Street is in the back of the car?
 
Modern Warfare and Wolverine do not deserve to be there. Even though I didn't like the game Brutal Legend was funny and well written and I haven't played Dragon Age so I can't comment on whether I think it should be there or not. I do think that Uncharted 2 should have won regardless of what other games were in the category, sure it was unoriginal but it was good. I think there is too much of an obsession among some people who play games that everything has to be new and completely original, being unoriginal is good a lot of the time.
Posted by finmon

I've got a feeling that nominees have to join the SWG   and then put themselves forward. 
Its likely the dragon age/Arkham Asylum/other good game writers didnt bother to do this.

Posted by PenguinDust

At least it didn't go to Modern Warfare 2.  That was bat-shit crazy and by the end I couldn't make heads or tails of what was going on and honestly I didn't care.  That's fine for game play, but it also reflects on the silliness of the writing.   I can live with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.  While the story was still a bit of a disappointment to me, I completely enjoyed the dialog between the characters.
 
@nanikore:  :-D great gif.

Posted by Potter9156
Posted by Video_Game_King

Why didn't AC2 get it? Why Uncharted 2? The "movie you can play" thing? It's that, isn't it?

Posted by Tiwi
Posted by Video_Game_King
@tiwi: 
 
Doesn't what I just said inevitably affect both?
Posted by Lestater
@tiwi: How was Uncharted "GOOOOD"?  It's one of the most unoriginal stories.
Posted by Tiwi
@Video_Game_King: it does. but here's how i look at it: uncharted managed to balance humor and story in such a way that it didn't feel arbitrary. AC2 did not, or as much.
Edited by Jeust

Dragon Age hasn't a very good writting. It ripped off  most The Lord of the Rings trilogy combined with the previous games from Bioware, and it gets boring often, with too much pointless detail given to the world. 
 
I was suprised to see Wet and X-Men there.

Posted by Video_Game_King
@tiwi: 
 
But still, doesn't rewarding Uncharted 2 for its movie-like plot sort of reinforce negative traits? Shouldn't we focus on distancing ourselves from movies and other mediums rather than emulate them? We're already seeing this with Mass Effect 2, whose commercials are more reminiscent of a movie than any sort of game.
Posted by Tiwi
@Lestater: so was avatar, but it's still good.
 
@Video_Game_King said:
" @tiwi:   But still, doesn't rewarding Uncharted 2 for its movie-like plot sort of reinforce negative traits? Shouldn't we focus on distancing ourselves from movies and other mediums rather than emulate them? We're already seeing this with Mass Effect 2, whose commercials are more reminiscent of a movie than any sort of game. "

well... look at heavy rain. that's a game, but the script is written as if it was a movie. 
PS. I like adventure games, and they are like short story books with pictures...
Posted by Jeffsekai
@finmon said:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Written by Jesse Stern, Additional Writing Steve Fukuda, Story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West, Battlechatter Dialogue, Sean Slayback; Activision 
Invalid award
Posted by Icemael

If there's one game deserves to be on that list, it's Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. 
 
Not surprised they didn't nominate it, though; games with budgets below 'huge fucking pile of money' never get nominated for these kinds of awards. Just look at the recently revealed Annual Interactive Achievement Award winners: not only did Uncharted 2 win the 'Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction' award, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, the game that literally looks like a moving painting, didn't even get nominated(Modern Warfare 2, however, did).

Posted by Video_Game_King
@tiwi: 
 
But isn't there a difference in that case, since your actions directly affect the story, making it more like a game than any movie? Eh, I'll have to wait until the commercials.
Posted by Lestater
@tiwi: Avatar wasn't good, it was entertaining, there's a difference.
Posted by TaccyP

The lack of Dragon Age is disturbing.