The Writers' Guild of America has started to honour videogame writing. Are they late to the game, as it were, or has game writing only recently got good enough to warrant a nod? We'll never know.
The winners are interesting though, if only because the lineup doesn't read like a throwaway, "what were the most popular games this year?" lineup. It looks like the WGA has done its research, because it includes some unusual titles:
CRASH OF THE TITANS, Written by Christopher Mitchell, Sierra Entertainment
DEAD HEAD FRED, Written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan, D3 Publisher
THE SIMPSONS GAME, Lead Writer Matt Selman, Written by Tim Long and Matt Warburton, Dialogue by Jeff Poliquin, Electronic Arts
THE WITCHER, Lead Story Designer Artur Ganszyniec, Dialogue
Sebastian Stepien, Additional Dialogue Marcin Blacha, Writers Sande
Chen and Anne Toole, Atari
WORLD IN CONFLICT, Story Design Christofer Emgard, Story Consultant Larry Bond, Script Consultant Ed Zuckerman, Sierra Entertainment
Gamasutra says the full list isn't out till February, which is also when we'll be able to see which category these winners are actually in.
If it wasn't said to me that day, it certainly was a few times around that period: "one day, this'll be on Sky Sports". Well, it's on ESPN, at least:
ESPN, the self-proclaimed "worldwide leader in sports," is adding
video-gaming coverage to its lineup of football, baseball, basketball
and other sports programming.
This is also only news because ESPN is The Biggie and they seem to be lumping in e-sports (urg) along with other ordinary sports, rather than sidelining gaming coverage to something like "special events". Only took a decade - but there's no going back now, I'm sure.