Both the East and West arms of the Writers Guild of America have joined forces to once again name nominees for the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing. This year, four games released between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017 have been nominated for the 2017 award. The awards themselves are a great opportunity for game writers to have their work recognized by the prestigious organization while also offering fellow game developers a look at some the exemplary game scripts of the past year. It is worth mentioning as well that games have to adhere to a number of rules outlined in Writers Guild of America’s submission criteria ahead of nomination, so not ever release of 2017 is considered eligible for the award. Specifically, the Writers Guild requires that game writers be members of the organization at the time of script submission and that each game have writing credits listed on-screen to qualify. The full list of this … [Read more...] about Madden NFL 18 and Horizon Zero Dawn among Writers Guild Awards nominees
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Horizon: Zero Dawn’s protagonist Aloy is written as an exceptional person, set apart from others by her task to save the world and the heavy responsibility that comes with it. She’s inspiring and captivating, but for all her flawlessness, she’s not particularly relatable. Gradually, big video game publishers are warming to the idea that a hero doesn’t have to be a bulky, bald man. But while we’re seeing more women in leading roles, we aren’t seeing a great deal of depth. Heroines like Aloy are more superhero than human: Aloy is pragmatic, strong and has little to lose. She’s destined for greatness and has access to a power that those around her can’t fathom, let alone control. Aloy’s adventure -- like that of so many heroes and heroines -- rarely mirrors the more common struggles people experience in their day to day lives. Instead, Horizon’s non-playable characters examine womanhood in a way the hero can not. Both the main … [Read more...] about Horizon Zero Dawn’s true heroes are the women in the background
In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? This week, Polygon’s Chris Plante joins editor-at-large Justin McElroy to discuss his review of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, which you can read right here. Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: “Goodwill” by The Custodian of Records … [Read more...] about Is The Frozen Wilds a good enough reason to return to Horizon Zero Dawn?
The annual Game Developers Choice Awards has officially announced its nominees, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn are tied for the most nomination with six each, including Game of the Year. The awards takes place during the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.The other nominees for Game of the Year are PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Nier: Automata, and Super Mario Odyssey. All of the above were nominated for multiple awards in categories like Best Audio, Design, Innovation, Technology, and Visual Art. Any game publicly released in 2017 is eligible for nomination. The awards will be hosted by Robin Hunicke, a professor of game design at UC Santa Cruz and the co-founder of the independent game studio Funomena.The awards are open to all GDC 2018 pass holders. It's preceded by the Independent Games Festival Awards, where Night in the Woods, Baba is You, and Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy are taking top nominations. The awards take place on … [Read more...] about Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn Lead Game Developer Awards’ Nominees List
Horizon Zero Dawn is a major departure for Guerrilla Games, the Dutch studio that has traded almost exclusively in shooters with the Killzone series. Unlike the cold, grim Killzone brand, Horizon is a lush, vibrant game set in a world recovering from a near extinction-level event. It’s a game about a young woman and her relationship to her surrogate father; about her will to prove her bravery in service of uncovering at least one great mystery; and about a primitive people who fight to survive in a world inhabited by great mechanical beasts. It is also a vast, open-world adventure that feels on par with the types of games Ubisoft has been making and refining over a decadelong period. And Guerrilla seems to have nailed the type of gameplay that will draw in fans of Far Cry, The Witcher, The Elder Scrolls and Watch Dogs on its first stab at the genre. Horizon Zero Dawn’s opening hours give players control of a very young Aloy, introducing them to the defiant, capable … [Read more...] about Horizon Zero Dawn hands-on