‘Mortal Kombat’ Scores in Writers Guild's New Media and Videogame Nominations

Videogame nominated in two categories; “30 Rock,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Walking Dead” saluted for new media spinoffs

"Mortal Kombat" was recognized in two categories, while the shows "30 Rock," "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Walking Dead" were also nominated for their new media efforts in the Writers Guild of America's new media and videogames nominations, which were announced on Wednesday.

"Mortal Kombat: The Web Series" received a nomination in the Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media category, while the videogame "Mortal Kombat" was included in the Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing category.

The videogame category also included nominations for "Assassin's Creed: Revelations," "Batman: Arkham City," "Brink" and "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception."

The Derivative New Media field included web spinoffs of "30 Rock," "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Walking Dead."  

And the Original New Media category saluted the web series "Aim High," "Downsized" and "Jack in a Box."

The WGA has been honoring videogame writing for four years, and New Media writing for two. As in its film nominations, work must be produced under WGA jurisdiction to qualify.

Panels of WGA members active in the fields choose the nominees.

The nominations were announced jointly by the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ORIGINAL NEW MEDIA

“Episode 1,” “Episode 2,” “Episode 4,” “Episode 5,” “Episode 6” (Aim High), Written by HeathCorson & Richie Keen; cambio.com/aim-high

“Episode 2.1: Employment,” “Episode 2.2: Clientele,” “Episode 2.3: Personal Property,” “Episode 2.4: The American Dream,” “Episode 2.5: Debt Ceiling” (Downsized), Written by Daryn Strauss; downsizedthewebseries.com

“Episode 3.1: The Return,” “Episode 3.5: The Testosterone,” “Episode 3.6: The Advice,” “Episode 3.7: The Date” (Jack in a Box),Written by Michael Cyril Creighton; youtube.com

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA

“Soft Served!,” “Iced!,” “Rokered!” (Jack Donaghy: Executive Superhero), 30 Rock, Written by Tom Ceraulo; nbc.com

“Raiden,” “Kitana and Mileena,” “Johnny Cage” (Mortal Kombat: The Web Series), Written by Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing; machinima.com

“Pay Phone,” “Jax Meets His Second Son,” “Tara & Piney,” “Mexican Basketball” (Sons of Anarchy), Written by Kurt Sutter & Gladys Rodriguez; FXnetworks.com

“A New Day,” “Family Matters,” “Neighborly Advice,” “Step Mom,” “Everything Dies” (The Walking Dead), Teleplay by John Esposito, Story by John Esposito and Greg Nicotero; amc.com

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; Multiplayer Story by Stéphane Blais, Richard Farrese, Jeffrey Yohalem;  Lead Script Writer Darby McDevitt; Script Writers Richard Farrese, Nicholas Grimwood, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Greek and Turkish Ambient Dialogue Writer Vincenzo Beretta; Ubisoft

Batman: Arkham City, Lead Narrative Designer Paul Crocker; Story Written by Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Brink, Lead Writer Edward “Bongoboy” Stern; Bethesda Softworks

Mortal Kombat, Story by John Vogel, Brian Chard, Dominic Cianciolo, Alexander Barrentine, Jon Greenberg; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment