The Writers Guild of America has recently announced their nominees for best video game writing of 2017. The nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing include:
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
External Writers Anna Megill, Hazel Monforton; Lead Narrative Designer Sachka Duval; Arkane Studios-Bethesda Softworks
Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow
Written by Cas Ruffin, Patric M. Verrone; TinyCo
Horizon Zero Dawn
Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games
Madden NFL 18: Longshot
Written by Michael Young, Adrian Todd Zuniga; Story by Michael Young; Tiburon/Electronic Arts
Many in the games community find the nomination of Madden NFL 18 to be an odd choice, despite the great production value that the game upheld. This year’s Madden contained a story-focused mode called The Longshot, which featured Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali. The story details the tumultuous journey that a promising football player embarks on in the hopes of entering the NFL.
Any game that was released between December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017 and contained credited writers who had already applied to be a member of the WGA Video Game Writers Caucus was eligible for the Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing award.
The winner of the award will be announced on Sunday, February 11, at concurrent ceremonies taking place in New York City and Los Angeles. The voting panel is comprised of both predominant video game writers and Writers Guild members.