The Writer’s Guild of America’s nominees for best video game writing of 2017 have recently been announced, featuring the creators of the year’s most impactful gaming narratives.
There are four game nominees in all, honoring the writers of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and Madden NFL 18: Longshot. It is certainly not the most conventional list when thinking of gaming narratives. Horizon seems like a shoe-in, but the remaining titles include an expansion, a video game adaptation of an adult cartoon, and a sports game.
The nominees can be found below, as listed on the WGA’s website.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
- 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
To be eligible for the award, the game had to have been released between December 1st, 2016 and November 30th, 2017. It also needed to feature on-screen credits, and the credited writers had to have been members of the WGA Video Game Writers Caucus- or in the process of applying- prior to submitting their scripts.
Panels of video game writers and Writers Guild members will determine the winner, which will be announced on Sunday, February 11th. While we didn’t specifically highlight video game writing, EGMNOW did its own Game of the Year coverage, in which we honored the top 25 games of 2017.
Source: Writer's Guild of America