UK Writers’ Guild Noms: Go Go Gillen & Stern

One thing the Curfew isn't good at is celebratory screenshots :(

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain – a rather different entity to the US Writers’ Guild – last week announced its nominees for assorted mediums’ most lauded writers. Included are the obscure likes of ‘television’, ‘theatre’, ‘books’ and ‘radio’, but fortunately Best Videogame keeps things relevant to our little corner of the internet. This is a prize given only to UK writers, so who do we think got a nod? Some clever people, that’s who.

Here we go:

Brink – Ed Stern
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Alex Garland and Tameem Antoniades
The Curfew – Kieron Gillen

I know two of those men! Well, who can truly be said to know The Gillen? Hearty congratulations and all the best of terribly British luck to both him and the lovely Mr Stern from Splash Damage. And to the other two, of course, though I don’t know them personally and their reportedly splendid game didn’t come out on PC, so I shall remain proudly biased (if conflicted) in this matter.

We’ll find out who won on November 16.


  1. CMaster says:

    “Best Videogame keeps things contemporary”
    Only if they give the award to an FPS writer.

  2. Jazz42 says:

    Brink had a story?

  3. TheApologist says:

    She writes! She acts! Is there nothing that Karen Gillan can’t do?

  4. Riztro says:

    Yes, but what are they eating?

  5. Brumisator says:

    I’m sorry, I haven’t played brink, and have never even heard of the other two games.

  6. sinister agent says:

    Let’s face it, all these “books” and “theatre” gubbins are just primitive, obsolete forms of videogames.

  7. JackShandy says:

    “Well, who can truly be said to know The Gillen?”

    The Shadow knows!

  8. acidtestportfolio says:

    well, the story was clearly the best part about brink

    but i am not sure i’d nominate it for any awards

    (brink was a turd with safety edges)

  9. LuNatic says:

    Writer? I would think translator would be more accurate for Enslaved.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      Are you making a “Shakespeare wasn’t a writer” argument?


    • Gundato says:

      I think he is referencing how it is based off of folk tales and what not?

      And to that, I say: So what?

    • cjlr says:

      I’m pretty sure the original didn’t include robots.

    • DrGonzo says:

      It is Monkey. Except Monkey was better!

    • siegarettes says:

      Having actually read Monkey, I can safely say that pretty much none of what was in the original fable made it into Enslaved.

      That said, both are fantastic in their own aspects.

    • Squishpoke says:

      But Shakespeare was a terrible writer…

    • sinister agent says:

      Doesn’t really matter, as most of the plays were written by Kevin Bacon anyway. That’s why he’s never in films anymore.

  10. Snesso says:

    Just tried playing The Curfew. Its pretty nice.

  11. Lugg says:

    I always loved Alex Garland’s writing – he’s the one who wrote The Beach (the novel on which that horrible Leonardo DiCaprio movie was based), and apparently found other mediums more to his liking – he wrote the scripts to 28 Days Later and Sunshine, among others. Good stuff!

  12. quijote3000 says:

    Mmmmm, is the Curfew still working? I started playing, but after the boy asked me , right in the beginning, if I knew about computers, the game would pause, and it wouldn’t work

  13. Piratepete says:

    I’d love to get into writing stories for games but wouldn’t have a clue how to go about it.

    However is any interested gamers want to have a look at my horror stuff, please have a look at the link

    link to

    This isn’t spam so here is the full link and I would appreciate it if I came off

    (He says on the off chance a developer spots it and goes “ooh he’s quite good”)

    • Thants says:

      Your comment would look less like spam if you didn’t use that weird URL-shortener.

    • Piratepete says:

      Ok. I’ve tried several times now to post the full link and prove its not spam and now I can’t edit or post at all.


      Can I now post the full link?

      I’d appreciate it if a mod could take me off the spam list as

      1. I’m actually using English
      2. I actually answered the post and didn’t mention penis enlargements or viagra
      3. I use the bitly link to track clicks that’s all.

      link to

  14. Piratepete says:

    blah blah blah nothing will post now so I can’t prove my innocence. Condemened before trial like some weird kafkaesque nightmare.

    The pink to contact you doesn’t work so I can#t even prove its not spam Franz Kafka would be proud.

  15. Piratepete says:

    oh bloody typical

  16. Piratepete says:

    I’ll try the full link again

    link to

  17. Piratepete says:

    See not spam. How peculiar. Now I’m just talking to myself:)

  18. TJ says:

    Best of luck to these excellent people! My resounding memory of the awards night when I was nominated was the round of confused chuckles as all the lofty drama was interrupted by a video of a poorly-animated Penumbra zombie lurching at the camera ;-)

    Seriously though, that the WGGB bothers to qualify games in the same breath as all those other mediums is a real important statement.

  19. Tams80 says:

    Break a leg.