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Writers Guild of America reveals 2008 video game writing nominees


Writing in games is perhaps given short shrift but last year the Writers Guild of America decided to expand their normal film and TV writing categories to include video games. This year for their second annual video game writing award they have nominated five games, four of which were released on the PC (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in the sole exception).

Three of the nominees are certainly well know titles; Fallout 3 (writing credited to a huge team including lead writer Emil Pagliarulo and quest writing by Erik J. Caponi, Brian Chapin, Jon Paul Duvall, Kurt Kuhlmann, Alan Nanes, Bruce Nesmith, Fred Zeleny, Nate Ellis, William Killeen, Mark Nelson, and Justin McSweeney); Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (credited to writer Haris Orkin and Story Producer Mical Pedriana) and Tomb Raider Underworld (Story by Eric Lindstrom and Toby Guard and screenplay Lindstrom)

The fourth PC game nominee is very unusual indeed; a downloadable PC-Mac title called Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble. This mix of RPG and stats set in the 1920s is from Mousechief and the Writers Guild have nominated it and its writers (Keith Nemitz. and Adrianne Ambrose) alongside the big mainstream PC productions. Could this game pull off an upset win against all of these high profile titles?

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