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Which of These Five Games Had the Best Writing of 2012?

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Every year the Writers Guild of America awards a special Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing award to the team responsible for the most memorable interactive entertainment script. Which of these five titles will walk away a winner on February 19?

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You know what I love about the Writers Guild of America Video Game Writing Award? It's a chance for games that weren't nominated for any other category to shine. Just look at poor Brink. Not only wasn't it nominated for any other major awards, just about everyone I know forgot it even existed. Now it stands proudly among the likes of Batman: Arkham City, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Uncharted 3, and...Mortal Kombat?

There was writing in Mortal Kombat?

And if your favorite game didn't make the cut, rest easy; to be eligible members of the writing staff must be or have applied to be members of the guild's Videogame Writers Caucus at the time their game was released, and who wants to deal with that hassle, other than the Mortal Kombat guys?

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Check out the full list of nominees and appreciate a group of people that doesn't get the recognition they so richly deserve.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEO GAME WRITING

Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; Multiplayer Story by Stéphane Blais, Richard Farrese, Jeffrey Yohalem; Lead Script Writer Darby McDevitt; Script Writers Richard Farrese, Nicholas Grimwood, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Greek and Turkish Ambient Dialogue Writer Vincenzo Beretta; Ubisoft

Batman: Arkham City, Lead Narrative Designer Paul Crocker; Story Written by Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Brink, Lead Writer Edward "Bongoboy" Stern; Bethesda Softworks

Mortal Kombat, Story by John Vogel, Brian Chard, Dominic Cianciolo, Alexander Barrentine, Jon Greenberg; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment

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DISCUSSION

Actually if those are the nominees, MK is probably the second best on the list, under Batman of course.

MK had a pretty great (if predictable) story. It redefined the fighting genre by proudly saying: "NO the story can NOT simply be that you are having a fighting tournament and the reason that two characters are fighting can NOT simply be summed up by saying that they were both competators in said tournament".

AC: Reveltations was definately story driven, more so that the previous sequels... but seeing as how it's only 1/6th of a story, with the rest in the other games, makes it kind of a dud in the writing dept.