Game Writing

Research shows that stories are highly valued by game players, so today's studios and developers need good writers. This book addresses these issues. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers.

Author: Chris Mark Bateman


ISBN: UCSC:32106019703146

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 308

View: 512


As computer games become more and more like Hollywood productions, the need for good story lines increases. Research shows that stories are highly valued by game players, so today's studios and developers need good writers. This book addresses these issues. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers.

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

View: 292


• 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.

Video Game Writing

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

Author: Maurice Suckling

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information

ISBN: 1936420155

Category: Computers

Page: 388

View: 727


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.

Writing for Video Games

One thing that may be apparent – assuming you have read the previous chapters
– is that it is very difficult to separate out the many aspects of writing for video
games. Ifthe whole is to be greater than the sum ofits parts these aspects will ...

Author: Steve Ince

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408141687

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 192

View: 328


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


ISBN: 1615932291

Category: Video games

Page: 225

View: 627


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.

Writing for Video Game Genres

Writing. for. Driving. Games. Maurice Suckling 10.1 “I'm a Game with Cars In It.
What Kind of Game Am I?” with cars—or There are a lot of games with cars. It
depends whose figures you use over what term and in what parts of the world,
but ...

Author: Wendy Despain

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439875391

Category: Computers

Page: 300

View: 980


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 Games Save the World

GAMING. HELPS. KIDS. Video games require a lot of focus. When they're
interactive, they draw players in and get them to pay attention. Many kids with ...
Video games also help kids become better readers and writers. Not everyone
likes to ...

Author: Heather E. Schwartz


ISBN: 9781543571714

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 543


To save the world, one must play video games. Sounds ridiculous, right? But in reality many people are looking to video games to tackle many of the world's problems. Take a closer look at the ways in which video games can help save the world.

Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing

It's an entertainment industry and has the same problems as movies and
television and novels. Everyone wants to be a star. Inevitably, there are far more
applicants than there are positions to fill, and when it comes to writing for video
games, ...

Author: Wendy Despain

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439875384

Category: Computers

Page: 250

View: 607


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 Games and American Culture

2 Likewise, gamers, immersed in American culture, might not recognize the
cultural context influencing video game ... Play/Write: Digital Rhetoric, Writing,
Games, an anthology on video game research related to rhetoric/composition
and ...

Author: Aaron A. Toscano

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793601315

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

View: 863


Digital media are immersive technologies reflecting behaviors, attitudes, and values. The engrossing, entertaining virtual worlds video games provide are important sites for 21st century research. This book moves beyond assertions that video games cause violence by analyzing the culture that produces such material. While some popular media reinforce the idea that video games lead to violence, this book uses a cultural studies lens to reveal a more complex situation. Video games do not lead to violence, sexism, and chauvinism. Rather, Toscano argues, a violent, sexist, chauvinistic culture reproduces texts that reflect these values. Although video games have a worldwide audience, this book focuses on American culture and how this multi-billion dollar industry entertains us in our leisure time (and sometimes at work), bringing us into virtual environments where we have fun learning, fighting, discovering, and acquiring bragging rights. When politicians and moral crusaders push agendas that claim video games cause a range of social ills from obesity to mass shooting, these perspectives fail to recognize that video games reproduce hegemonic American values. This book, in contrast, focuses on what these highly entertaining cultural products tell us about who we are.

Writing Interactive Music for Video Games

Many of today's video games use numerous interactive music techniques to
adapt to how the player drives the action in real time. Video game music changes
dynamically based on decisions that a player makes. The composer must score ...

Author: Michael Sweet

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780133563511

Category: Computers

Page: 512

View: 476


“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.

Interactive Storytelling for Video Games

Game Writing Groups IGDA Writing SIG http:// www.igda. org/writing/ A special
interest group of the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) focused
on all things related to game writing and stories. It contains several subgroups
and ...

Author: Josiah Lebowitz

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136127335

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 499


What really makes a video game story interactive? What's the best way to create an interactive story? How much control should players be given? Do they really want that control in the first place? Do they even know what they want-or are their stated desires at odds with the unconscious preferences? All of these questions and more are examined in this definitive book on interactive storytelling for video games. You'll get detailed descriptions of all major types of interactive stories, case studies of popular games (including Bioshock, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear Solid), and how players interact with them, and an in-depth analysis of the results of a national survey on player storytelling preferences in games. You'll get the expert advice you need to generate compelling and original game concepts and narratives.With Interactive Storytelling for Video Games, you'll:

Rating Video Games

While trying to save money by breastfeeding the triplets , I saw a TV program on
how some people made money writing shareware games . Realizing that we
could do that , I woke my husband up to see the rest of the show . ( It was four in
the ...

Author: United States


ISBN: PSU:000023478787

Category: Government publications

Page: 251

View: 562


Talking through Reading and Writing

is that I have a ton of video games at home and I mean a LOT OF THEM!! So I
tend to enjoy that experience because you don't have to think you just play and
enjoy the ride along with your skills and techniques. Most educators have seen
the ...

Author: Daniel Rose

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781475850925

Category: Education

Page: 170

View: 704


In this book you will read many examples of rich literacy conversations between a teacher and his 8th grade students that never would have occurred face to face in the classroom. These conversations take place online when 8th graders write to their teacher about the books they’re interested in reading and choosing to read independently. Students write about what happens when they read or don’t read, how they feel about reading, how they’re connecting with characters and ideas, why they don’t have enough time to read, and what their reading goals are. And their teacher writes back to them. Every week. After each conversation you will read some “meta-talk” that shines a light on what the conversation has taught us about this language learner and how this “data”is informing our beliefs and practices. Embedded within the chapters are suggested resources (articles, book recommendations, links, websites, blogs, etc.) you can follow should you want to read more in that chapter. What these students reveal about their own literacy development- their successes, their challenges, their lives- and how their teacher nudges them along socially, emotionally and academically, teach us the value and power of one practical, authentic literacy tool- the Reading Conversation Journal.

Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office




ISBN: WISC:89098412075

Category: Trademarks


View: 802


Video Games

TABLE 2.3 Similarities Between Games and Stories Interactive Video Games
Interactive Narratives Often like a story Often ... discusses video games as
narratives in his dialogue with Mary Fuller in “Nintendo and New World Travel
Writing: A ...

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 0765801027

Category: Social Science

Page: 119

View: 465


From their inception, video games quickly became a major new arena of popular entertainment. Beginning with very primitive games, they quickly evolved into interactive animated works, many of which now approach film in terms of their visual excitement. But there are important differences, as Arthur Asa Berger makes clear in this important new work. Films are purely to be viewed, but video involves the player, moving from empathy to immersion, from being spectators to being actively involved in texts. Berger, a renowned scholar of popular culture, explores the cultural significance of the expanding popularity and sophistication of video games and considers the biological and psychoanalytic aspects of this phenomenon. Berger begins by tracing the evolution of video games from simple games like Pong to new, powerfully involving and complex ones like Myst and Half-Life. He notes how this evolution has built the video industry, which includes the hardware (game-playing consoles) and the software (the games themselves), to revenues comparable to the American film industry. Building on this comparison, Berger focuses on action-adventure games which, like film and fiction, tell stories but which also involve culturally important departures in the conventions of narrative. After defining a set of bipolar oppositions between print and electronic narratives, Berger considers the question of whether video games are truly interactive or only superficially so, and whether they have the potential to replace print narratives in the culture at large. A unique dimension of the book is its bio-psycho-social analysis of the video game phenomenon. Berger considers the impact of these games on their players, from physical changes (everything from neurological problems to obesity) to psychological consequences, with reference to violence and sexual attitudes. He takes these questions further by examining three enormously popular games-Myst/Riven, Tomb Raider, and Half-Life-for their attitudes toward power, gender, violence, and guilt. In his conclusion, Berger concentrates on the role of violence in video games and whether they generate a sense of alienation in certain addicted players who become estranged from family and friends. Accessibly written and broad-ranging in approach, Video Games offers a way to interpret a major popular phenomenon. Arthur Asa Berger is professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University, where he has taught since 1965. He is the author of more than one hundred articles and forty books on media, popular culture, humor, and everyday life.

Rhetoric Composition Play through Video Games

Reshaping Theory and Practice of Writing R. Colby, M. Johnson. CHAPTER. 5.
On. Second. Thought... Mark. Mullen. Passion. The core problem concerning the
place of games and writing in our culture is familiarity. Mass culture possesses a

Author: R. Colby

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137307675

Category: Education

Page: 239

View: 360


An edited collection whose contributors analyze the relationship between writing, learning, and video games/videogaming, these essays consist of academic essays from writing and rhetoric teacher-scholars, who theorize, and contextualize how computer/video games enrich writing practices within and beyond the classroom and the teaching of writing.

Writing to the Prompt

Using Gaming Analogies to Teach Complex Thinking Skills Successfully playing
video games requires a complex set of strategies ( Nawrocki and Winner , 1983 )
. Many games require sustained player attention and sharp intelligence , and ...

Author: Janet Angelillo

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: UVA:X004905334

Category: Education

Page: 166

View: 501


In the groundbreaking Writing to Prompts, Janet Angelillo demonstrates how to apply the best practices you already know to help students succeed in the uncertain and challenging environment of on-demand writing - without abandoning your writing workshop or devaluing topic choice.

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

View: 833


"450+ reviews of computer and video games"--Cover.

Reason to Write Student Book High Beginning

Strategies for Success in Academic Writing Robert F. Cohen, Judy L. Miller and
Judy Miller. Reading for ... Much of this time , people are playing computer games
. The writer of this article discusses one kind of game : violent video games . . " .

Author: Robert F. Cohen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0194311201

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 102

View: 695


Reason to Write provides guidelines, strategies, and practice in writing for academic success. Students move through the writing process from generating ideas, to drafting and revising, to proofreading and editing. The high-beginning level introduces students to the principles and strategies that will prepare them to become effective academic writers.

Level Up

So what are you waiting for? Grab this book and prepare to Level Up!

Author: Scott Rogers

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470970928

Category: Computers

Page: 520

View: 149


Design and build cutting-edge video games with help from video game expert Scott Rogers! If you want to design and build cutting-edge video games but aren’t sure where to start, then this is the book for you. Written by leading video game expert Scott Rogers, who has designed the hits Pac Man World, Maxim vs. Army of Zin, and SpongeBob Squarepants, this book is full of Rogers's wit and imaginative style that demonstrates everything you need to know about designing great video games. Features an approachable writing style that considers game designers from all levels of expertise and experience Covers the entire video game creation process, including developing marketable ideas, understanding what gamers want, working with player actions, and more Offers techniques for creating non-human characters and using the camera as a character Shares helpful insight on the business of design and how to create design documents So, put your game face on and start creating memorable, creative, and unique video games with this book!