Writing for Video Games

 

With video game storylines, characters and narrative becoming more and more sophisticated, games writers need the skills of the most talented novel writers, as well as a knowledge of the industry.

Writing for Video Games by Steve Ince gives a realistic picture of how games companies work, and advises the best techniques to adapt your skills.

“It's a substantial, informative, entertaining, and, in many ways, enlightening read. I'm particularly impressed by how you manage to cover all aspects of game production - and the writer's role in the process - in great depth and with great insight, but without losing yourself (and the readers) in microscopic detail.”
        - Martin Gantef๖hr, Game Designer and Writer

        Topics include:
        • characters
        • point of view
        • storytelling
        • interactive narrative
        • licences
        • localisation
        • technical writing
        • marketing yourself

Appendices include a sample script and recommended websites, games and books.

The foreword to the book is by Tony Warriner,
co-founder of Revolution Software.

Writing for Video Games is published by A&C Black, the publishers of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook

To purchase Writing for Video Games, please visit your
regional Amazon site, order it from your local book store
or visit the publisher's site
to order it directly.

The Kindle version of the book is now available!

 

 

"it's fair to speculate that there will not be a better tale told this year, anywhere."
- MCV
(talking about Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon)

 

On the book, Writing for Video Games:
"it is invaluable for people in the business or who plan entering it”
- Joao Miguel Oliveira, Reviewer

 

“it was your book, 'Writing for Video Games', that finally pushed me to jump ship from TV to Video Games.  Not a leap that I regret in the slightest.”
- Edwin McRae, Scriptwriter and Narrative Designer

 

“a highly readable volume that covers a wide range of topics including interactivity, game design, character and point of view, dialogue and logic, and audience”
- Gordon Aplin, Metzomagic.com

 

" 'WritingFor Video Games’ is undoubtedly a must-read for people working in, or hoping to work in, the video games industry regardless of their role.”
- Owain Paciuszko, WhatCulture!

 

"Steve is one of really very few people working in the game industry who not only understands the black-art of writing for games, but can set it out in such a way that you can learn it, too."
- Tony Warriner, co-founder, Revolution Software

 

 

Writing for Video Games is currently being used as one of the textbooks on the Creative Narratology course at Staffordshire University.