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Ed Stern Nominated for Writers Guild of America Award

Every year, the Writers Guild of America selects what it thinks are the most outstanding feats of writing in movie, television, and new media. What makes this year's nominations particularly special is that our very own Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern is among them, joining an illustrious group of people that includes Woody Allen, Adam Sorkin and fellow London developer Rocksteady Studios.

Ed is up in the Best Videogame Writing category for his efforts on Brink, which not only featured a staggering 26,000 lines of dialogue, but was also supported by a copious amount of backstory, timelines, biographies, and all manner of other supporting Writer's Produce. On top of that, Ed is the only person on the entire list that somehow managed to get their nickname on there.

The winners will be announced at the 64th Annual Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on February 19. Many big huge congratulations, Ed!

Brink Nominated for Writers' Guild Award

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain has just announced the shortlist for this year's Guild Awards and we couldn't be more delighted to see Brink among the nominees. The awards are given out annually and seek to honour achievement in writing across all major mediums, including TV, radio, and video games. The winners will be announced on November 16 - in the meantime, let's all throw confetti at Lead Writer Ed 'Bongoboy' Stern!

Photo Blog: Creating a Brink Nerf Gun

One of our artists, Laurens Corijn, enjoys taking ordinary Nerf guns and turning them into something entirely more special. For this latest project, he decided to transform a Stampede ECS18 into the Resistance’s Gerund assault rifle from Brink. The end result is utterly stunning, to say the least. Luckily for us, Laurens has documented the entire creation process, so we can follow it along step by step. There are more photos of the finished article at the end of this post.

Take it away, Laurens:

Community Question: Favourite Melee Style

Every game we've ever made has included some form of melee combat. Be it Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory's knife or Brink's "off-hand" strike with whatever gun you're currently holding, there have been a variety of ways to bring the pain up close. With melee mechanics being quite different, we'd like to find out from you which of them you prefer. With that in mind, here's this week's question:

What is your preferred style of melee attack in first person shooters?

Please vote in our latest Community Question poll and let us know in the comments why your choice works best for you. Our designers look forward to your answers!

Happy Christmas from Splash Damage

And just like that, 2011 is nearly at an end. As we run off into the holidays, we'd like to wish all of you a very happy Christmas period and a fantastic new year. 2012 promises several industrial-sized barrels of concentrated excitement and we can't wait to open them up with you!

Until next year!
-Splash Damage

Splash Damage Looking for Game Designers

We're currently looking for several Game Designers of all experience levels to strengthen our development team. What will you be doing, you ask? Well, in a nutshell, you'll be working closely with all development disciplines, including art, code, audio and (of course) design, to create compelling experiences that embody the overall vision of the game. Interested? Click on a position to find out more about it:

Splash Damage offers a comprehensive benefits package to all successful applicants. Check out our Culture section to find out more about what it's like to work here and don't forget to browse our extensive Living in London guide for everything you need to know about moving to London and living here.

Nothing there for you at the moment? Why not sign up for our Jobs RSS feed or subscribe to email updates?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Community Question: Watching Multiplayer Matches

Competitive play has been part of multiplayer games from the very beginning, with individuals and clans contesting everything from flags and skulls to bomb sites and entire hills. These days, online tournaments and matches of note are often available to be watched live via streams or TV clients, or can be viewed after the fact by way of video-on-demand or demo recordings.

This week's Community Question seeks to find out how many of you have ever actually taken advantage of either form of match coverage, for any game out there (no matter what genre!):

How often do you watch live streams or recordings of multiplayer matches?

To cast your vote, head on over to this week's Community Question poll and tick the appropriate options there. Also, if you can think of any stand-out examples of match coverage, either built directly into a game or provided by a third party, post them up in the comments.

Steve Hessel Named One Of Develop's 30 Under 30

UK Games industry's magazine-of-record, the imperatively titled "Develop" has published its annual showcase of the most promising new talent to emerge in the games industry. And look! Hark! Listen! See/Hear! See here! Gracing their 30 Under 30 list is our very own Steve "badman" Hessel, justly recognised for his unparalleled youth, vigour and sundry-diverse professional accomplishments.

Having limbo'd under the rapidly descending age bar to claim his place among the industry's youngest and brightest bright young things, Steve is celebrating his inclusion with yet another triumphant twelve-hour shift of website-wrangling and tapir-herding so he can't write this news post himself. Rest assured, gentle readers, that he has been quoted as being "chuffed", "delighted" and "conscious".

We're also delighted that so many other Splash Damage staff garnered an Honourable Mention in the list, with SD regulars Adam Baines, Andrew Quinn, Angelo Dal Pra, Arne-Olav Hallingstad, Ben Davis, Craig Nelson, Dave Edwards, David Johnston, Eoin O'Grady, Gaetan Montaudouin, Georgo Simeonov, Gordon Biggans, Hussein Elgridly, Jamie Manson, Jeremy Hay, Joe Gibson, Jonathan Fletcher, Laurens Corjin, Leanne Cox, Mark McDonaugh, Mark McLeod, Paul Greveson, Philip Barnell, Pierre Tregaro, Robert Macdonald, Romain Toutain, Sean Francis, Simon Price, Stephen Etheridge, Steve Alves, Vincent Joyeau, and William Richens all hovering upon its margin, threatening to swamp the whole place with SD colours, chants and choreography. Why not gaze upon their team profiles and acquaint yourself more perfectly with all the things they are and do.

So congrats to Herr Hessel on his richly-deserved recognition. Gongs have been struck, confetti flung, and most things at SD, including our halls, and Steve himself, have been decked with celebratory bunting.

15th Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory NationsCup Announced

ClanBase has announced the latest NationsCup for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and is currently looking for team captains. The NationsCup is a bit like the World Cup of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, with each country fielding a single team consisting of its best and brightest players.

The tournament is currently accepting applications for each team's captain. If you fancy leading your country into battle and can hold your own in Wolf: ET, you can submit your application through this page. The submission window for this closes on 25 December. Next up, players get to vote on their team captains, and once that's sorted, qualifiers will begin, followed by the tournament itself on 23 January.

For a breakdown of this NationCup's schedule, as well as the guidelines for submitting your application, head on over to ClanBase.

Which country do you think will come top this time?

Got a Brink Clan? Compete in the Holiday Ladder!

Since few things embody Christmas like clan matches and fragging, the Brink Clans & Tournaments website now features Holiday Ladders for your clan to enter. Here's how it works: Running until 8 January, each clan participating in the ladder can issue match challenges to any of the other participating clans. Matches are 3 on 3, with Brink's entire map pool available to choose from when putting together a match challenge. Winning a match increases your ladder ranking, while losing decreases it. At the conclusion of the ladder, the top 3 clans will receive a special trophy to show off in their clan profile (along with the associated bragging rights, of course).

The Holiday Ladders are now available for each platform (and clan region) on the Events page of the Brink Clans & Tournaments website. If you're the leader of your clan, you can enter it into a ladder right then and there:

Keep reading for a full breakdown of the ladder rules.