The games industry’s most valuable writers are the ones who understand game design and production. But with few writing courses teaching storytelling for an interactive medium, nor game mechanics or collaborating within a development team, it’s hard for aspiring games writers to know where to start.
As part of their coveted guide Three Strategies to Make Your Game a Winner, the team behind the John Yorke Story: Story for Video Games online course explain why game creators must prioritise cohesion between gameplay and narrative from the very start of development.
Video games are nothing new (well, compared to the theatre they might be), but rather than brainless shoot-em-ups, gamers are demanding more engaging, emotionally affecting storylines alongside gameplay enjoyment. For this reason, television and film scriptwriters are increasingly looking at games as a new and improved medium to tell their stories. Here, scriptwriter James Henry explores how the Story for Video Games online course can help traditional writers make the leap to this burgeoning medium.
There is growing recognition that great story is a key factor in player engagement and video game completion. But there are few opportunities to learn the fundamentals of story in a way relevant to games developers. Caroline Marchal and John Yorke have devised an online course for individuals and teams who want to know how to manage a gaming story better. Caroline explains more…
Narrative games designer Caroline Marchal and narrative expert John Yorke explain why games developers increasingly need to understand and apply the fundamentals of story to keep players engaged.