The Writers Guild has announced its nominees for best video game writing of 2008, and it's an interesting, unexpected list. While some games you'd expect were honored with a nomination (Fallout 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed) there are some curve balls thrown into the mix as well, including indie PC/Mac game Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!.
Last year's top honors went to Dead Head Fred; a controversial choice given the number of critically lauded games that came out in 2007, like, say Portal or Bioshock. According to Variety, nominees are picked from games that have submitted scripts to the WGA, which may account for the absence of some very well-written titles from the list of nominees.
Here's the full list of the Writer's Guild's picks:
- Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (EA). Writer: Haris Orkin. Story Producer: Mical Pedriana.
- Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! (Mousechief). Writing: Keith Nemitz. Additional Writing: Adrianne Ambrose.
- Fallout 3 (Bethesda). Lead Writer: Emil Pagliarulo. Quest Writing: Erik J. Caponi, Brian Chapin, Jon Paul Duvall, Kurt Kuhlmann, Alan Nanes, Bruce Nesmith, and Fred Zeleny. Additional Quest Writing: Nate Ellis, William Killeen, Mark Nelson, and Justin McSweeney.
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts). Writers: Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford and Cameron Suey.
- Tomb Raider: Underworld (Eidos). Story: Eric Lindstrom and Toby Guard. Screenplay: Eric Lindstrom.
Did any of your favorites get left off the list?