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WGA opts for vidgame sequels

'X-Men,' 'Assassin's' among nominees

Opting mostly for videogame sequels, the Writers Guild of America has tapped “Assassin’s Creed II,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” as nominees for videogame writing along with “Wet” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

The winner will be announced Feb. 20 at the WGA’s simultaneous awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Broadway Millennium Hotel in New York.

The WGA created the vidgame trophy three years ago and has awarded it to the writers of “Dead Head Fred” in 2008 and “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” last year.

Of this year’s nominations, “Wet,” “Wolverine” and “Uncharted 2” all had a single credited writer while “Call of Duty” had nine. This year’s nominations included:

Ubisoft Entertainment’s “Assassin’s Creed II.” Story by Corey May, Script Writers Corey May, Joshua Rubin, Jeffrey Yohalem.

Activision’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.” Written by Jesse Stern, Additional writing by Steve Fukuda. Story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West. Battlechatter Dialogue, Sean Slayback.

Sony Computer Entertainment’s “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves,” written by Amy Hennig.

Bethesda Softworks’ “Wet,” written by Duppy Demetrius.

Activision’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” script writer Marc Guggenheim.

Unlike its feature film and TV awards, the nominated vidgame scripts aren’t required to be written under WGA jurisdiction. To be eligible, games must have been released between Dec. 1, 2008 and Nov. 30, 2009; the work must contain separate writing credits, and the credited game writers must have been and/or must have applied to become members of the WGA’s Videogame Writers Caucus at the time scripts were submitted.

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