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Rise of the Tomb Raider claims Writers Guild's top honor for video games

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Prevails over Pillars of Eternity, The Witcher 3, Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Rise of the Tomb Raider won the Writers Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing at the guild's annual awards gala yesterday evening.

The Xbox One exclusive prevailed over three other nominees Assassin's Creed Syndicate, The Witcher 3, and Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian's Kickstarted throwback to isometric role-playing epics.

The Writers Guild's video gaming award was judged by a caucus separate from that which conferred the 28 other awards in television, film and radio. The listed winners for Rise of the Tomb Raider are John Stafford, Cameron Suey, Rhianna Pratchett and Phillip Gelatt.

The Writers Guild Awards, along with the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, are looked upon as precursors for the Academy Awards, which will be held Feb. 28. Spotlight, the drama about The Boston Globe's investigation of widespread sexual abuse of Roman Catholic priests and its coverup by the church's heirarchy, won for best original screenplay.

The Big Short, based on the novel by Michael Lewis about the financial crisis and collapse of 2008, claimed best adapted screenplay honors.

Both films are nominated in the same categories at this year's Oscars.