How to Become a Writer in the Game Industry
Gamers expect their character to have a lot of depth and be in a game world were dialogue is immersive and believable. However, many writers are still often hired on short contracts and freelance. There are many different Writer roles; audio scripts, text that appears in the game, marketing, public relations, concepts and the Games Design Document. The game design document contains the games backstory, character backgrounds, the plot etc. Therefore it is a technical document with a creative side.
Skills and Requirements
As you will be writing structured and naturally flowing documents you have to have an expert understanding of the language you are writing in. You must be able to spell, punctuate and produce coherent sentences to a near perfect level. As a game writer you will be working in at least one of these two categories: Fictional writing and Technical writing. You will need to be able to write creatively to create the sense of context for the player within the games plot and have general fiction writer skills as games are fiction. For the technical side you may be creating design documents or game manuals where you will be required to use your skills of organisation, conciseness and clarity to good use.
A word processor - This is nearly everything a writer needs. It is recommended to have a full office suite, such a Microsoft's Office to be able to open and modify spread sheets and slideshows etc. Aside from this, build up a good reference library of books and inspiration for writers like yourself. Obviously a good place to start is to have a quality dictionary and thesaurus, but there are a vast selection of books on fiction writing and storytelling.
Example Job Advert
The starting salary for a game developer is between £18,000 - £25,000 ($30k - $41k). However, your income will vary greatly depending on your experience and the nature of the studio you are working for. Starting out as a QA tester may see a dramatic loss in starting salary but is a very valid and viable way to enter the game industry with little experience.
*Top Tip* Show proof of your enthusiasm . When applying for a job within the game industry employers will want to see proof of not only your knowledge but also your passion for games and the industry. One way to do this is to attend game events, expos and stay up-to-date with industry news through game related magazines and websites.
This article was written by Author of the book: How to Become a Game Designer by Joshua Brown . Joshua Brown has been involved with the gaming industry for over 10 years as a 3D game artist. Whilst still working in the game industry he is also a course director, running training courses to help others get a job within the games industry. He has recently released his book 'How to Become a Game Designer' which can be found here:
How to become a Game Designer. The ULTIMATE guide for joining the video games industry. The video game industry is an exciting and expanding modern industry that is attracting many creative people from all over the world. Due to the increasing competition for job roles it can be a difficult process. This book contains insider tips and advice on what you need to know to get your dream job working inside the video games industry. This comprehensive guide includes: About the game industry, the job roles within the game industry, how to apply for jobs, the application process, how to pass the interview, how to write a CV, how to build a stunning portfolio, how to network and insider tips. It also includes information on becoming a freelance artist and setting up your own independent games company.
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