The Writers Guild of America recognizes outstanding writing across genres and media formats, video games being no exception to this. The 2017 nominees for best video game writing were just announced, and the selection may surprise a few people. While gamers are accustomed to the gaming press recognizing excellence in video games, we aren’t so used to outside groups. See, the Writers Guild of America is kind of a big deal, too, with award recipients and nominees going on to even bigger things across multiple industries.
Best video game writing nominees for 2017
The Writers Guild of America is a union for writers that was formed in 1912. Their yearly awards presentation recognizes outstanding writers across multiple genres and platforms.
One game that made the list that might raise a few eyebrows is Madden NFL 18: Longshot. This game, with writing from Michael Young and Adrian Todd Zuniga and a story by Michael Young of Tiburon, a part of Electronic Arts, breaks the sports game mold. You wouldn’t expect a sports game to have amazing writing, but this game does.
Most noteworthy, this year’s Madden installment features a story mode with Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali.
A truly awesome experience for a sports game, story mode follows the tale of a young athlete trying to make it in the NFL.
Furthermore, it was one of the most critically praised aspects of the game upon release. Joining the other best video game writing nominees is just a bonus for the critically acclaimed Madden 18.
The WGA’s 2017 selection
Three other games nominated include Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow.
Games released between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017 were eligible for the nomination. The nominated writers must have on-screen credit.
The credited writers must also be or have applied to be a member of the WGA Video Game Writers Caucus upon script submission.
2017 Best Video Game Writing Nominees
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