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Major publishers snub Writers Guild awards

Tuesday, 27th January 2009 10:54 GMT By Mike

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When the Writers Guild announced its nominees for videogame writing on January 12, several of 2008′s major titles weren’t even submitted due to what “industry insiders” cites as politics, writes Variety.

The publishers of Grand Theft Auto IV, Dead Space, Call of Duty: World at War, Mirror’s Edge, Far Cry 2, and No More Heroes all confirmed that they didn’t send a copy of their script and didn’t have credited writers join the guild – the two rules for eligibility.

Apparently, many see these awards as a recruitment drive for the WGA and thus feel ceremony itself is a façade.

Outspoken Braid creator, Jonathan Blow, lent his voice to the cause by saying:

“The problem is that it’s not really an award ceremony,” he said. “It’s a membership drive masquerading as an award ceremony.”

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  1. Captain Fruitloop

    It’s the same with the Writers Guild of GB video games awards – only open to Guild members, thereby disqualifying most writers out there.

    What you’re left with is a very small pool of nominees, all of whom have basically nominated themselves for an award. It’s a farce, and the event should be wholly ignored by the games press.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. odessa

    The next party I go to I will be dressing up as a membership drive or award ceremony.

    #2 6 years ago