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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

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As a writer I am always glad to see my brethren acknowledged for their excellent work. As such I am proud to report that game writers are now getting exactly that from outside the gaming sphere. Dead Head Fred, the critically acclaimed videogame created specifically for the PSP by publisher D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA), and developer Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., has received a nomination for the Writers Guild of America's inaugural Videogame Writing Award.

 In Dead Head Fred, writers and nominees Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan draw players into an original 1940's-inspired alternative universe where players take on the role of Fred Neuman, a private detective savagely murdered and then resurrected in a bizarre scientific experiment without his memory or his head. Players embark on a quest for vengeance as they solve their own murder by using the severed heads of enemies as replacements for the one missing on the game's cranium-impaired hero.

Developed by the WGA and spearheaded by the Guild's New Media Caucus to encourage storytelling excellence in videogames, improve the status of writers, and foster uniform standards within the gaming industry, the WGA's inaugural Videogame Writing Award spotlights quality work by videogame writers, raising their profiles, and validating their contributions to this rapidly maturing medium. The WGA Videogame Writing Award honors the best qualifying script from a videogame published in the previous year. 2008 Writers Guild Awards winners in all categories will be announced on Saturday, February 9.

Dead Head Fred is rated "M" (Mature - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor and Strong Language) by the ESRB.

It's things like this that will help establish gaming as a mainstream form of entertainment because let's face it, even though there were billions of dollars spent on it last year, it's still on the fringe of the societal consciousness. Well maybe in the peripheral vision of society nowadays. You do know this means they're going to try to take over gaming. That whole "foster uniform standards" line is sort of scary for me, it smacks of regulation and we all just witnessed the power of the WGA with the American TV writers' strike. Will there some day be a Video Game Writers' Strike? If so then the game companies can call on me and I'll write for them!

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