WGA Nominates Vid Game Writers

The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East have announced nominations for the WGA’s Videogame Writing Award. Recognizing writers as a primary creative force in the gaming industry, the honor will be presented at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, Feb. 7. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles and New York.

The nominees are:

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Electronic Arts

Writer Haris Orkin, story producer Mical Pedriana,

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! – Mousechief

Writer Keith Nemitz, additional writing Adrianne Ambrose,

Fallout 3 – Bethesda Softworks

Lead writer Emil Pagliarulo, quest writing by Erik J. Caponi, Brian Chapin, Jon Paul Duvall, Kurt Kuhlmann, Alan Nanes, Bruce Nesmith and Fred Zeleny, additional quest writing by Nate Ellis, William Killeen, Mark Nelson and Justin McSweeney

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – LucasArts

Writers Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford and Cameron Suey

Tomb Raider: Underworld – Eidos Interactive

Story by Eric Lindstrom and Toby Gard, screenplay by Eric Lindstrom

The Videogame Writing Award was established by the Guilds’ Videogame Writers Caucus to encourage storytelling excellence in video games, to improve the status of writers, and to begin to encourage uniform standards within the gaming industry. The Guilds are working to bring more interactive entertainment projects under their jurisdiction to ensure writers receive the benefits of a WGA contract.

Winners of the 2009 Writers Guild Awards in all categories will be announced at ceremonies held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City on Feb. 7. For more information, go to www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.