Brandon Boyer

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Variety reports that the Writers Guild of America have nominated this year’s videogame selection for the best writing of 2008, the second year since it founded the new category. The selections are always somewhat slanted, with their prerequisite that nominees be part of the WGA itself (leading to last year’s left-field winner, Vicious Cycle’s otherwise lovely PSP action title Dead Head Fred).

This year’s nominees included EA’s Red Alert 3, Bethesda’s Fallout 3, LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Eidos’s Tomb Raider Underworld, and this year’s curiosity, indie dev Mousechief’s Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!.

The last game, an IGF entrant two years running, actually, is primarily the reason I wanted to call attention to the list. It’s a game we haven’t yet mentioned here, and we’re pleased to find that certifiable friend of Offworld Leigh Alexander has an extensive writeup from late 2007 over at Play This Thing on the “charmingly stylish, elegantly macabre” game about the most terrifying of all creatures, the high school girl.

Writers Guild videogame award nominees announced [Variety]

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  1. Looks cool, Brandon. Thanks.

    I was intrigued that you mentioned that the videogames nominated had to be under WGA jurisdiction [orig. WGA writeup here: http://www.wga.org/content/default.aspx?id=3444 ]

    After looking quickly around the WGA site, I couldn’t find an easy way to discover for which companies WGA writers work for. e.g. – I can’t search “Bethesda” somewhere to verify that Fallout 3 was an appropriate candidate.

    I think the ‘WGA Video Games Writer’s Caucus’ is the relevant subset of WGA writers…but does anyone know where I can find a list of WGA video game writers or/and their employers? I would be particularly interested to support them…and the powers of Google have failed me.

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