Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood swooped in and picked up the award for Videogame Writing from the Writers Guild of America. While the game is undeniably great, it beat some seemingly odd nominations to pick up the award itself. Those nominations?
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- God of War III
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Gamers should immediately notice titles like Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption are completely missing from the nomination list. And when these nominees were first unveiled, a lot of folks spoke out about their frustrations. Well, according to the WGA, those frustrations were a bit misguided.
As Micah Wright, Chair and Steer Committee Member of the WGA Videogame Writers Caucus, explains it, nominees needed to meet some qualifications in order to even be considered. They had to be credited to a writer, the writer needed to be a member of the Videogame Writers Caucus and the script itself needed to be submitted.
That notation should quell frustrations a little, but it’s still a bit tough to acknowledge the notion that games are only considered once they’ve met a baseline of arbitrary points. The fact that the folks behind these games stepped up to get them attention doesn’t necessarily mean that each title amongst the nominees is worthy. Should Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Singularity even be considered when titles like Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption are dropped out entirely?
Sure, the Writers Guild of America may not sift through the games that release year after year in order to find the best story. However, it must be admitted that any counsel of scholars in a field should pay attention to all massive iterations of their craft. Writing is writing, and there’s no possible way that these award distributors wouldn’t have noticed games like Mass Effect 2 if they were even only slightly paying attention to the gaming medium.
With that said, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a fantastic title and definitely deserving of the win amidst the crowd of selections.