Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing

This second edition of Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing is updated with new chapters and new authors, but it’s still a no-nonsense guide to the professional craft of writing for video games.

Author: Wendy Despain

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780429591761

Category: Computers

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This second edition of Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing is updated with new chapters and new authors, but it’s still a no-nonsense guide to the professional craft of writing for video games. Not only does the text cover story and narrative elements, but it also addresses dialogue, documentation, and strategy guides. Seasoned video game writers each address a different topic, including the best way to break into the video game industry, how to be an efficient part of a team, and the principles of narrative design. The book also offers script samples, technical writing advice, effective writing tips, and suggestions for how to innovate in game narrative. Key Features Comprehensive enough for veterans and accessible enough for novices Goes into detail about how to write tutorials, script doctoring, and writing for AAA games Delivers invaluable experiences directly from writers in the games industry Full of practical advice from industry pros on how to get a job, and then how to get the job done Author Bio Wendy Despain has more than two decades of experience spearheading digital media projects. She has worked with teams around the world as a writer, narrative designer, producer, and consultant on interactive experiences ranging from video games to augmented reality. She’s worked with EA, Disney, Ubisoft, Cartoon Network, PBS, Marvel, and Wargaming. Currently, she’s a Production Director at ArenaNet, makers of the Guild Wars franchise. Her books include: Writing For Videogame Genres: From FPS to RPG Talking to Artists/Talking to Programmers 100 Principles of Game Design

The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design

Finally, there’s complete information on how to present a visionary new idea to developers and publishers. Got game? Get The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author: Flint Dille

Publisher: Lone Eagle

ISBN: 9780307774910

Category: Computers

Page: 272

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• Authors are top game designers • Aspiring game writers and designers must have this complete bible There are other books about creating video games out there. Sure, they cover the basics. But The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design goes way beyond the basics. The authors, top game designers, focus on creating games that are an involving, emotional experience for the gamer. Topics include integrating story into the game, writing the game script, putting together the game bible, creating the design document, and working on original intellectual property versus working with licenses. Finally, there’s complete information on how to present a visionary new idea to developers and publishers. Got game? Get The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing

This book by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game Writing Special Interest Group focuses on various aspects of working as a professional game writer, including how to break in to game writing, writing manuals, narrative ...

Author: Wendy Despain

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439875384

Category: Computers

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This book by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game Writing Special Interest Group focuses on various aspects of working as a professional game writer, including how to break in to game writing, writing manuals, narrative design, writing in a team, working as a freelancer, working with new intellectual property, and more. It incl

Video Game Writing

This insightful, revised book explores the challenging and evolving world of the games writer.

Author: Maurice Suckling

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781683920304

Category: Computers

Page: 394

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This insightful, revised book explores the challenging and evolving world of the games writer. Part I provides a fascinating overview of the history of games writing following its humble roots in the '60s to today’s triple-A titles; Part II asks and answers the key question: what does a games writer do and how do they do it? Especially useful reading for novice game writers, its chapters cover a broad range of topics including contracts, NDAs, creative collaboration, narrative design, editing, adaptations, and environmental storytelling. Part III, of particular value for more advanced students of writing, addresses deeper theoretical questions increasingly relevant in today’s games titles, including: "Why have story at all? What is plot and how does it work? How best can a writer use agency?" Finally, Part IV presents readers with hard-earned nuggets of wisdom from today’s game writers working in the US, Europe, and Japan. Packed with practical samples, case studies, and exercises, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the world of games writing. Features: • Covers history of games writing, narrative design, storytelling, plot, contracts, and packed with practical samples, case studies, and exercises • Presents readers with opinions and suggestions from today’s game writers who are working in the US, Europe, and Japan • Includes a broad range of topics e.g., creative collaboration, editing, adaptations, and environmental storytelling • Mentions games such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto V, Mass Effect 3, The Stanley Parable, The Last of Us, Alien Isolation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Life is Strange, Until Dawn, Quantum Break, BioShock, World of Warcraft, and more.

Writing for Video Games

Video games is a lucrative new market for scriptwriters but writing for video games is complex and very different to traditional media (tv or film). This practical guide shows how you can adapt your writing skills to this exciting medium.

Author: Steve Ince

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408103067

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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Video games is a lucrative new market for scriptwriters but writing for video games is complex and very different to traditional media (tv or film). This practical guide shows how you can adapt your writing skills to this exciting medium. Written by an award-winning games writer, the book gives you a realistic picture of how games companies work, how the writer fits into the development process, and the skills required: from storytelling, to developing interactive narrative, characters and viewpoints, dialogue comedy and professional practice. Illustrated with examples from games and quotes from developers, writers and agents, this is a cutting edge professional writing guide at a very accessible price.

Slay the Dragon

Aimed at traditional writers who want to learn interactive narrative as well as game creators who want to tell better, more emotionally involving stories, the book is written by two creative veterans of both Hollywood and "Nerdyhood.

Author: Robert Denton Bryant

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615932291

Category: Video games

Page: 225

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Writing for the multibillion-dollar video-game industry is unlike writing for any other medium. Slay the Dragon will help you understand the challenges and offer creative solutions to writing for a medium where the audience not only demands a great story, but to be a driving force within it. Aimed at traditional writers who want to learn interactive narrative as well as game creators who want to tell better, more emotionally involving stories, the book is written by two creative veterans of both Hollywood and "Nerdyhood." Through lively discussions and self-paced-exercises, Bryant and Giglio step you such topics as: the "no-act" structure of video games; writing great game characters; making gameplay emotionally meaningful; and bringing your game world alive.

Video Game Storytelling

Provides aspiring and professional video game developers with a guide to basic storytelling principles to help them create and produce great games with fun, memorable narratives and includes information on how to share your vision with ...

Author: Evan Skolnick

Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications

ISBN: 9780385345828

Category: Art

Page: 202

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Provides aspiring and professional video game developers with a guide to basic storytelling principles to help them create and produce great games with fun, memorable narratives and includes information on how to share your vision with character designers, animators and audio engineers. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing

dramatic material in the course of working on most games to get enough reps to
develop your writer muscles to any great degree. (For instance, a fair amount of
game writing involves barks—short combat chatter, e.g., “Reloading!”—which is a
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Author: Wendy Despain

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780429589829

Category: Computers

Page: 318

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This second edition of Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing is updated with new chapters and new authors, but it’s still a no-nonsense guide to the professional craft of writing for video games. Not only does the text cover story and narrative elements, but it also addresses dialogue, documentation, and strategy guides. Seasoned video game writers each address a different topic, including the best way to break into the video game industry, how to be an efficient part of a team, and the principles of narrative design. The book also offers script samples, technical writing advice, effective writing tips, and suggestions for how to innovate in game narrative. Key Features Comprehensive enough for veterans and accessible enough for novices Goes into detail about how to write tutorials, script doctoring, and writing for AAA games Delivers invaluable experiences directly from writers in the games industry Full of practical advice from industry pros on how to get a job, and then how to get the job done Author Bio Wendy Despain has more than two decades of experience spearheading digital media projects. She has worked with teams around the world as a writer, narrative designer, producer, and consultant on interactive experiences ranging from video games to augmented reality. She’s worked with EA, Disney, Ubisoft, Cartoon Network, PBS, Marvel, and Wargaming. Currently, she’s a Production Director at ArenaNet, makers of the Guild Wars franchise. Her books include: Writing For Videogame Genres: From FPS to RPG Talking to Artists/Talking to Programmers 100 Principles of Game Design

Writing Interactive Music for Video Games

“This book is a must read for newcomers and experienced composers wanting to learn more about the art of video game composition.” —Chuck Doud, Director of Music, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios All You Need to Know to ...

Author: Michael Sweet

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780133563511

Category: Computers

Page: 512

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“This book is a must read for newcomers and experienced composers wanting to learn more about the art of video game composition.” —Chuck Doud, Director of Music, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios All You Need to Know to Create Great Video Game Music Written by the developer of Berklee School of Music’s pioneering game scoring program, this guide covers everything professional composers and music students need to know about composing interactive music for video games, and contains exclusive tools for interactive scoring—tools that were previously available only at Berklee. Drawing on twenty years of professional experience in the game industry, Michael Sweet helps you master the unique language of music storytelling in games. Next, he walks you through the entire music composition process, from initial conceptualization and creative direction through implementation. Inside, you’ll find dozens of examples that illustrate adaptive compositional techniques, from small downloadable games to multimillion dollar console titles. In addition, this guide covers the business side of video game composition, sharing crucial advice about contracts, pricing, sales, and marketing. Coverage includes Overcoming the unique challenges of writing for games Composing music that can adapt in real time to player actions Developing thematic ideas Using audio middleware to create advanced interactive scores Working effectively with game development teams Understanding the life of a video game composer Managing contracts, rights, estimating, and negotiation Finding work The companion website contains software tools to help you master interactive music concepts explored in this book, with additional resources and links to learn more about scoring for games. See Appendix A for details.

Writing for Animation Comics Games

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Author: Christy Marx

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240805825

Category: Computers

Page: 226

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Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games explains the practical aspects of creating scripts for animation, comics, graphic novels, and computer games. It details how you can create scripts that are in the right industry format, and follow the expected rules for you to put your best foot forward to help you break-in to the trade. This book explains approaches to writing for exterior storytelling (animation, games); interior/exterior storytelling (comics and graphic novels), as well as considerations for non-linear computer games in the shortest, pithiest, and most economical way. The author offers insider's advice on how you can present work as professional, how to meet deadlines, how visual writing differs from prose, and the art of collaboration. * A complete and practical guide to the key skills for writing for animation, comics, graphic novels, and computer games. * Career rules of-the-road for comics, computer games, and animation...from an insider's perspective. * Written for beginners and professionals alike.

Narrative Design for Writers

So how do you apply your scriptwriting, storylining, poetic, copywriting, prose producing skills to an audience that won’t sit still and an industry that’s ever changing? That’s what this book is about!

Author: Edwin McRae

Publisher: Fiction Engine

ISBN: 9780473518837

Category: Reference

Page: 172

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Do you want to turn your talent for writing into a narrative design career in the games industry? It’s never been a better time to be a writer for video games. You’re tapping into an industry that was worth more than $120 billion dollars in 2019, and it’s still growing. And it’s an industry that needs great storytellers. But there's a BIG difference between a great story and a great game story. Traditional stories are told. Game stories are experienced. That's why video game narratives need a totally different design approach. So how do you apply your scriptwriting, storylining, poetic, copywriting, prose producing skills to an audience that won’t sit still and an industry that’s ever changing? That’s what this book is about! I’ve been a narrative designer for over a decade, as well as a novelist and a scriptwriter / storyliner for TV and comics. I love playing games, and even more, I love helping game developers realize their storytelling aspirations. Nothing delights me more than a game that's both fun to play and delivers a satisfying story experience. In this book, I'll share both the evergreen principles and practical techniques that I’ve learned and developed during my narrative design career so that you can position yourself for your first game writing gig. And if you’re an experienced narrative designer already, you’ll still find plenty of insights that you can apply to your trade. I’ll say it again, “the games industry needs you!” Play is what we do, but story is why we do it.

Getting Started in Freelance Video Game Journalism

Does the prospect of writing reviews for video games appeal to you? Getting Started in Freelance Video Game Journalism is a no-nonsense guide to taking your first steps into the online game writing world.

Author: John Bardinelli

Publisher: John Bardinelli

ISBN: 9781311148339

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 32

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Does the prospect of writing reviews for video games appeal to you? Getting Started in Freelance Video Game Journalism is a no-nonsense guide to taking your first steps into the online game writing world. Learn how to write a query letter, how to construct your resume, when to start searching for jobs and how quickly you can expect to land a high-paying writing gig!

Game Writing Handbook

An illustrated manual for users who want to learn how to write scripts and stories for video games offers practical information on how to design storylines, create characters, write dialogue, organize data, format documents, and present ...

Author: Rafael Chandler

Publisher:

ISBN: 1584505036

Category: Games

Page: 295

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An illustrated manual for users who want to learn how to write scripts and stories for video games offers practical information on how to design storylines, create characters, write dialogue, organize data, format documents, and present information, outlining a framework for guiding the creative process and including sample game scripts, tips on understanding technical parameters, and more. Original. (Beginner)

Writing for Video Game Genres

This book, written and edited by members of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game Writing Special Interest Group, follows the acclaimed Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing to deliver practical advice from ...

Author: Wendy Despain

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439875391

Category: Computers

Page: 300

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This book, written and edited by members of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game Writing Special Interest Group, follows the acclaimed Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing to deliver practical advice from seasoned veterans on the special challenges of writing for first-person shooter games (FPS), role-playing games (R

Video Game Writing

This book explores the challenging and evolving world of the games writer.

Author: Maurice Suckling

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information

ISBN: 1937585778

Category: GAMES

Page: 345

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This book explores the challenging and evolving world of the games writer. Split into four sections, it provides a general overview, then looks at what a games writer does--covering collaboration, narrative design, editing, and adaptations. The third section elaborates on the finer details of the craft such as environmental storytelling, layering stories, and sandbox design storytelling. The book finishes with hard-earned wisdom from over 50 writers working in the games industry today. Packed with practical samples, case studies and exercises, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the world of games writing.BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction. What Does A Games Writer Do & How Do They Do It? Editing Introduction. Beyond the Basics. Essays on Game Writing. What s It Like Being A Games Writer? "

The Video Game Almanac

In other words , I was strongly motivated to switch careers . Originally I just
wanted to be a writer , but as time went on , I found my way into the niche of
computer and video gaming . I started out doing lots of little articles for small
magazines for ...

Author: Mark Walker

Publisher: Mars Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110351439

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 468

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Up Up Down Down Left WRITE

Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism covers everything you need to get started along the path to launching and maintaining a successful freelance career in the gaming industry.

Author: Nathan Meunier

Publisher:

ISBN: 0989533506

Category: Video games

Page: 230

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Have you ever dreamed about getting paid to write about video games and the fascinating people who make them? Unless you live on the West Coast and are lucky enough to land a rare staff position at one of the major gaming publications, freelancing is the best way to turn slinging words about your favorite hobby into a viable and lucrative career. The best part? You can do it from anywhere! Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism covers everything you need to get started along the path to launching and maintaining a successful freelance career in the gaming industry. Pro freelancer Nathan Meunier has written for more than 30 of the top gaming outlets -- from Nintendo Power, GamePro, and Official Xbox Magazine to IGN, GameSpot, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and more. In this advice-packed tome for aspiring freelance game journos and more established writers alike, Nathan delivers detailed insights and how-to tips based on many years of professional writing experience. You will learn how to: -Generate killer article ideas, pitch editors, and score paying work -Build towards quitting your day job to freelance full-time -Juggle the business-related side of freelancing -Cover gaming conventions and press junkets -Network with editors and writers -Work with PR to gain coverage opportunities and free review games. And much, much more!

Break Into The Game Industry How to Get A Job Making Video Games

Writing How to Get a Job Making Video Games Writing is the practice of using
language to convey ideas , whether they're instructions for repairing an
automobile engine or an entire fictitious world populated with fictitious characters
. Writing ...

Author: Ernest Adams

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 0072226609

Category: Computers

Page: 352

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Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Find out from an industry veteran exactly what you need to do to become a game designer, tester, artist, producer, programmer, writer, soundtrack composer, videographer, or sales/marketing professional. You’ll get full-spectrum coverage of positions available within the game industry as well as details on how a game is created--from start to finish--and much more.

The Game Beat Observations and Lessons from Two Decades Writing About Games

This collection of over 80 columns covers everything from the decline of print gaming magazines to the ethics of paid junkets to the importance of review scores and much more.

Author: Kyle Orland

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9780359649198

Category: Computers

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The Game Beat examines the whos, hows, and whys of the journalists and critics covering the young but growing game industry. This collection of over 80 columns covers everything from the decline of print gaming magazines to the ethics of paid junkets to the importance of review scores and much more.