Writer Neil Druckmann won the Writers Guild of America’s Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games over the weekend for his work on Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us.
Druckman was up against writers for their work on four other blockbuster titles:Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag writers Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon, Jill Murray, Nicholas Grimwood and Mark Llabres Hill; Batman: Arkham Origins writers Dooma Wendschuh, Ryan Galletta and Corey May; Marianne Krawczyk and Ariel Lawrence for their work on God of War: Ascension; and, Richard Gaubert, Orion Walker and Matt Sophos for Capcom’s Lost Planet 3.
Looks familiar, right?
Your character gingerly approaching an abandoned building. That stammering creak of thick wooden doors. Abandoned police cars and constant downpour. A mysterious nemesis who already looks like a maddening boss fight.
Yes, this new The Evil Within trailer feels like it is paying homage to the iconic Resident Evil series. That’s most likely because the game’s director, Shinji Mikami, is the brains behind the seminal ’90s horror title Resident Evil.
The UK’s Office of Fair Trading has issued eight principles free-to-play game makers must follow in order to protect consumers, especially children, from misleading and exploitative commercial practices.
Games in the UK have until April 1 to comply.
The principles are largely concerned with making free-to-play games more transparent upfront about the costs associated with them. Games can’t mislead players into thinking that payments are not required to progress or that payments are the only way a player can progress.
The principles also aim to prevent games from “aggressive practices,” which put pressure on children to make purchases or to have others make purchases for them.