Jan. 16, 2013 | 2:41 p.m.
Master Chief and Mickey Mouse just snagged an invitation to one of Hollywood’s glitzy awards season soirees. “Assassin’s Creed III” and “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” joined “Halo 4,” “007 Legends” and “Uncharted: Golden Abyss,” along with “Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation,” as the nominees for outstanding achievement in video game writing at the Writers Guild Awards, which will be held Feb. 17. The award will be presented by the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Other award categories include writing for film, television, radio, promotional writing, graphic animation and new media. The video game writing award, in its sixth year, honors a script from a video game published between Dec. 1, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2012. The complete 2013 WGA nominations list […]
Nov. 16, 2012 | 5:00 a.m.
The Walt Disney Co. has a new challenge for video gamers. Are they ready to whistle while they play? “Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,” which will be released Sunday, is an animated musical, and one at its most traditional at that. Think “Pinocchio,” not “Tangled.” Curiously, though, it’s also the first of its kind. “Every time I tell people it’s a musical their eyes get wide,” says writer-developer Warren Spector. “It’s like a dog being shown a magic trick.” The musical is a genre that’s now rare in film and television, let alone in the still relatively new frontierland of video games. Yet “Epic Mickey 2,” which will coincide with the launch of Nintendo’s new Wii U system on Sunday, could possibly revive the idea of the musical for a new generation while also providing a bump for […]