Elden Ring Wins The Prestigious Nebula Award For Game Writing

Elden Ring soars higher than ever as it adds Nebula's Best Game Writing award to its ever-growing collection of accolades.

shinoff2183131d ago

Game writing. Unless I misunderstood something. I know it was a hit amongst the masses, not a fan myself. Anyway ibspent 5 to 10 hours in the game and didn't come across much I'd consider writing.

Confused, on the lake

LordoftheCritics130d ago

Nebula just lost its credibility.

130d ago
shinoff2183130d ago (Edited 130d ago )


My guess is you game on xbox and had no choice but to like elden ring alot due to it atleast being a game to play.

Also can you break down the story for me

Bathyj130d ago

Well Novel.
Thanks for creating a new account to tell us that.

Hofstaderman130d ago

I’m with you. I’m still trying to piece together the exposition and I’ve been playing this games since two months after it launched. My first souls like game and I’m still getting crushed to oblivion.

Babadook7130d ago (Edited 130d ago )

I haven’t finished it but I found the story and world building here to be pretty incomprehensible myself. I liked Bloodborne far more because (despite its very outlandish premise) it was more comprehensible and very interesting. If anyone who actually finished this game could share their thoughts on how Elden ring compares to Bloodborne in terms of story I’d appreciate it.

130d ago
Bobertt130d ago

Elden Ring does have a great story but it doesn't give you most of it through cut scenes like most games so i can see how it confuses people who are used to the story being told to them in games instead of having to discover it. You do get some of it the normal way from the main quest cut scenes but the majority of it is found through talking to the NPCs, reading the descriptions on all the items you get, and doing the side quests.

Plus George R.R. Martin wrote the lore for this game. He said "So, I went back and wrote a history of what happened 5,000 years before the current game, and who all the characters were, and who was killing each other, and what powers they had.” The article this is from says "He wrote a detailed history of the realm, crafting the relationships and powers that all Elden Ring players are so keen to uncover now, like the hidden clues about Sellen, Ranni, and the Carian bloodline."

As for this award I don't think they use the same criteria we would think of when deciding the best "Game Writing" because the finalists for this award were Stray, Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, Journeys through the Radiant Citadel, and Pertiment. As far as i could find Journeys through the Radiant Citadel is actually a book for DnD so what they consider Game Writing doesn't pertain to just Video Games. So i would assume they look at every bit of text in a video game and not just cut scenes and dialogue. So Elden Ring would have an advantage as they have more Item descriptions than most games and they play a big part to the story.

For example if your read the item you get when you defeat General Radahn it says "The Red Lion General wielded gravitational powers which he learned in Sellia during his younger days. All so he would never have to abandon his beloved but scrawny steed." Through this we learn about General Radahn's character. He loved his horse so much that he went and learned the powers he uses in his fight so he could continue to ride his much smaller horse. Then if you read the description on the Gravity Well magic you get from defeating a Lesser Alabaster Lord in the Academy it says "A gravitational technique studied by the young Radahn. His master was an Alabaster Lord with skin of stone." So now we also learn who Radahn learned his magic from. This is just two items but it should give you an idea that there is a lot more story in Elden Ring but if you don't take the time you can miss a lot of it.

badz149130d ago

The next one that will win this "prestigious" writing award will be Zelda TotK. we all know the amazing story it tells!

LordoftheCritics130d ago

They stole the writing award from BOTW

+ Show (3) more repliesLast reply 130d ago
ElendilsSorrow131d ago

Every award ER gets is well-deserved. What a W for gaming in general, this release

shinoff2183131d ago

I don't deny that it's a good game. Seems everyone liked it but me lol. What I've played and read about though it still is kinda eh on the writing story side so I just don't get this award. I would hope it doesn't become the standard.

MadLad130d ago (Edited 130d ago )

The writing isn't in your face. It's there for you to slowly explore, absorb, and move forward.

Environmental storytelling is, as far as I'm concerned, hell of a lot harder to do right than just telling a direct story. No matter how good that story is.

It requires more from the player. Sometimes it hits; sometimes it misses. When it lands though, it lands.

Hofstaderman130d ago (Edited 130d ago )

@MadLad agree with you on the impact of environmental storytelling. It is possible to have an actual storyboard with environmental storytelling too. One example that springs to mind is in the Last of Us 1 where you in the sewers and come across the survivors base. The environment and Remnants of their activities and objects tell you how they tried to live a normal lives in the outbreak and conveyed the sadness and horror of them failing. This was done against the backdrop of the overall plot and I found it quite impactful. This comes to a crescendo when you actually have to face them remembering their desperation to survive.

-Foxtrot131d ago

I f****** love Elden Ring but I wouldn't say writing was one of it's achievements

The lore sure but the way they tell the story is not the best

I know people like to say "Oh well that's how From Software doing their games, making you piece together the story yourself" but even when you've put hundreds of hours into it, seen the entire world, read notes, listened to NPCs and so on nothing is clear, you still have people debating online with story elements about what is right. It would be nice to get a little clarity but the story seems so thrown over the place to make you piece it together yourself you don't really get that.

phoenixwing130d ago

The only reason they gave that writing award is because of the writer from game of thrones name is associated with it imo. It's either give it to some no name person or get attention by adding it to a celebrity of sorts

Viljong130d ago

Well deserved ER is very deep and fascinating story.

Inverno130d ago

Too many people seem to think that there's only 1 way to tell a story, or that a story must be told a certain way. Just because it isn't told in a traditional form doesn't mean there's no story. Elden Ring, much like past games in the series has a lot more going on than just a straight written/told story. There's a lot of effort to flesh a lot of the smaller/overlooked things that other games do not really bother to do. Regardless of how cryptic it may be at times.

Show all comments (23)

FromSoft Modders Have Ported Armored Core 6 Maps Into Elden Ring

A modder has added Armored Core 6 maps directly into Elden Ring and the difference in size between them is amazing.


Elden Ring Weapons and their Real-life Counterparts

Elden Ring weapons are based on or inspired by real-life counterparts. These are some of the best medieval weapons in gaming.

Read Full Story >>

PC Games That Are Better With A Controller

Here are some great PC games that are even better with a controller. In fact, one can say that they're meant to be played with a controller.

Read Full Story >>
shinoff218326d ago

That's why I don't mess with PC gaming for the most part. When I game I'm relaxing. Hard to do that with a keyboard and mouse. That's just my thought on it.

I'm still hoping bethesada adds real controller support to the og fallout or re release them on xbox like what was done with wasteland 1

26d ago Replies(1)
Shiore2u25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

What exactly is so hard about using a keyboard and mouse compared to a controller when subjectively relaxing? Do you game upside down on a crossbar?

Daeloki24d ago

At least in my opinion, with a controller I can lay back comfortably in my couch however I want. Keyboard + mouse would require a table and chair, and requires investing in ergonomics not to completely mess up my back (not saying the couch is good for my back either but achieving comfortability is easier). Again, emphasizing that I'm speaking out of opinion, and I agree with you that concepts of relaxing and which is better are both very subjective matters. All in all I don't think it's a particularly good article since it really boils down to personal preference.

ApocalypseShadow26d ago

Next up:

Article on "Controllers that are best played with a game."/S

HellspawnPR198125d ago

Anything that is not a shooter or doesn't have a crosshair.

Minute Man 72118d ago (Edited 18d ago )

My old ass Xbox 360 Rock Candy controller still works fine today "For the Players"