It seems that everyone loved The Last of Us: we loved it, you loved it, we loved it some more, GLAAD loved it, and now the Writers Guild of America is joining the bandwagon, too. The organisation holds a yearly award show that honours the best writing that the film and video game industries have to offer, and Naughty Dog's opus is up for the coveted Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing prize.
The full list of nominees include: The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Lost Planet 3. It's a slightly perplexing list to be sure, especially in a year that graced us with such outstanding scripts as BioShock Infinite and The Wolf Among Us. However, before we make any further judgements, let's take a look at the range of characters that Joel and Ellie could soon be rubbing shoulders with.
Previous winners of the purportedly prestigious prize include Dead Head Fred, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, and, uh, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. So perhaps it really isn't such an illustrious award after all. In fact, the guild has been fraught with controversy recently due to what some regard to be a needlessly bureaucratic nomination system. Regardless, it's always nice to see Naughty Dog showered with more well deserved accolades. Because when all's said and done, it can't all be for nothing.