Rise of the Tomb Raider wins 2016 Writers Guild award…

This is pretty much the funniest thing I have read all week. Or maybe all year, for that matter. It’s so ridiculous and ludicrous that I can’t even get mad. I played both games and enjoyed both. But having said that The Witcher’s writing is leagues ahead of most video games. I thought Assassins of Kings had better characters with more depth than Wild Hunt’s but the latter is still one of the best written game this century. The expansion Hearts of Stone’s writing alone should merit some sort of recognition. And surely The Witcher 3, which was our overall game of the year and one of the most fascinating role-playing video games to come along in a very long time, should have been the top contender for the award.

witcher_3_faceThe Witcher had a far broader, more complex story. It touched on so many issues so well. War (and its atrocities), racism, relationships (with friends like Dandelion, Zoltan, the other Witchers, with lovers – Triss and Yennefer, or with Geralt’s adopted child – Ciri), religion. All of the main characters have rich backstories, quirks and personal struggles, going as far back as the books in some cases. Which to me was much more believable and memorable, than whatever happened in Tomb Raider. The characters in Crystal Dynamic’s game felt rather superficial and their purpose was clearly to advance the story.

ROTTR_Review_Screenshot-4They did not feel real, and the dialogue did not stand out. They didn’t have the depth of some of the exchanges that you had in The Witcher. Pillars of Eternity was certainly a worthy nominee, given that the game was one of the best PC exclusive games of 2015. Although it was not as heavily marketed as either The Witcher or Tomb Raider. Now don’t get me wrong, I think Rhianna Pratchett is a pretty amazing person and a good writer, which she undoubtedly learned from her father. But The Witchers writing is leagues ahead of Tomb Raider’s. I am just questioning the overall competency of The Writers Guild of America for choosing Tomb Raider as the winner, when there were far superior games that were up for the same nomination.  

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