The Writers guild of America just announced its five nominees for the best video game script writing of 2008, it’s all very mainstream except one somewhat… surprising inclusion.
The List of nominations
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.
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble is quite a surprise to see included, I’d heard of it before in the indie scene but I’ve never pay any attention to it until now. To me it seems almost unfathomable that the Writers Guild would be checking out small indie games for script quality, yet for some reason they found it. Nonetheless props to the creators for getting a nomination.
On a side note at first I was annoyed that a lot of games I thought should of been included had been missed, although then I quickly came to the realization that it’s American developed games only.