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For Your Consideration: “Singularity”

For Your Consideration: “Singularity” (photo)

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This week the Writers Guild announced its Awards Nominees for “outstanding achievement in video game writing during 2010.” The list is as follows:

“Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,” Story by Patrice Desilets, Jeffrey Yohalem, Corey May; Lead Script Writer: Jeffrey Yohalem; Script Writers: Ethan Petty, Nicholas Grimwood, Matt Turner; Ubisoft

“Fallout: New Vegas,” Creative Design Lead/Lead Writer: John Gonzalez; Writers: Chris Avellone, Eric Fenstermaker, Travis Stout; Additional Writing: Tess Treadwell, George Ziets, Jason Bergman, Nick Breckon, Matt Grandstaff, Will Noble, Andrew Scharf; Bethesda Softworks

“God of War III,” Written by Marianne Krawcyzk; Additional Writing by Stig Asmussen, Ariel Lawrence, William Weissbaum; Sony Computer Entertainment

“Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands” (Wii), Writer: Benjamin McCaw; Story Dialogue Editor: Marianne Krawczyk; Ubisoft

“Singularity,” Written by Marc Guggenheim, Lindsey Allen, Emily Silver; Additional Story and Writing: Jason Henderson, Adam Foshko, Michael Cassutt; Story and Script Consultant: Adam Foshko; Activision

“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II,” Executive Producer-Writer: Haden Blackman; In-Game Script: David Collins, John Stafford, Cameron Suey; Additional Writing: Tid Cooney, Ian Dominguez, Tony Rowe; LucasArts

It’s hard to find a Top Anything of 2010 List that “AC:Brotherhood” didn’t crest, so that’s no surprise. And both “Fallout: New Vegas” and “God of War III” are popular, oft-touted games. But as I perused the internet for reactions to the list, I found that one or two nominees were sticking points for a great many consumers. The value of the writing in Singularity, in particular, seems to be a source of much debate.

Posting the nominees on Gamefront.com, Phil Owen harshly wrote:

Having Singularity on here is like the WGA nominating, like, Timecop for a screenplay award. S-t, now that I think of it, Singularity really is just Timecop but with Russians. Huh.

“Bedlight,” commenting on Kotaku, was more forgiving, but still firm:

I thought Singularity was exceptional. Best Writing? Hell no. But the game was definitely underrated.

On the positive side, David Satzinger wrote on Industrygamers.com:

I am happy to see Singularity there because it kind of went underground for being a bit too gimmikicky [sic] and repetitive in its gameplay but in my opinion it really had some good potential.

What they say about opinions goes doubly so on the internet, but all this discussion led me to wonder exactly how folks are gauging writing or story versus gameplay. Ideally, I imagine that the harder it is to distinguish between the two, the better the game.

Having never played “Singularity,” I had no frame of reference. But I decided to go in search of some examples on Youtube. I found this demo from E3 2009, and, hell, it made me want to play the game. More importantly, I was drawn into the story — or what I could glean of it, anyway. Considering they probably don’t have the time to play through all these games — maybe they’re even the same people trying to decide between “Inception” and “Black Swan” for best screenplay — it’s possible the folks at the WGA just watched this:

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…