Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas and God of War III are among the titles honored for their writing with this year's round of nominations from the Writers Guild of America. The winner of the WGA's Video Game Writing Award will be announced February 5.
The group says the award intends to "promote storytelling excellence in video games, improve the status of gaming writers, and encourage uniform standards within the gaming industry." It also helps extend Guild contract benefits to writers who work on video games.
This year's award considers games released between December 1, 2009 and November 30, 2010. To be eligible, the games need to contain separate writing credits -- and importantly, only writers who are members of the WGA or who have applied to be members of the WGA can be considered.
The 2011 Writers Guild Awards will be held at two separate but simultaneous ceremonies for the guild's eastern and western constituencies, in New York and Los Angeles on February 5. The full list of nominated games and writers is as follows:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Story by Patrice Desilets, Jeffrey Yohalem, Corey May; Lead Script Writer: Jeffrey Yohalem; Script Writers: Ethan Petty, Nicholas Grimwood, Matt Turner; Ubisoft.
Fallout: New Vegas, Creative Design Lead/Lead Writer: John Gonzalez; Writers: Chris Avellone, Eric Fenstermaker, Travis Stout; Additional Writing: Tess Treadwell, George Ziets, Jason Bergman, Nick Breckon, Matt Grandstaff, Will Noble, Andrew Scharf; Bethesda Softworks.
God of War III, Written by Marianne Krawcyzk; Additional Writing by Stig Asmussen, Ariel Lawrence, William Weissbaum; Sony Computer Entertainment.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii version), Writer: Benjamin McCaw; Story Dialogue Editor: Marianne Krawczyk; Ubisoft.
Singularity, Written by Marc Guggenheim, Lindsey Allen, Emily Silver; Additional Story and Writing: Jason Henderson, Adam Foshko, Michael Cassutt; Story and Script Consultant: Adam Foshko; Activision.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Executive Producer-Writer: Haden Blackman; In-Game Script: David Collins, John Stafford, Cameron Suey; Additional Writing: Tid Cooney, Ian Dominguez, Tony Rowe; LucasArts.