About the Writers ( Q & A)

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thesleepykitten
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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by thesleepykitten » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:16 am

I would say hello and pleased to meet you, but I did drag you here. :mrgreen:

And I'm not lazy. =<

Basically poor Sparky was the writer I tied up and dragged as a sacred offering for Jack to help him with Nicole. >.>b Jack seemed pleased since he accepted the sacri- I mean, Sparky. :lol:

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by jack1974 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:31 am

Welcome Sparky, I'm really looking forward to see how you'll fix/improve Nicole's script 8)

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by ankewl » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:13 pm

Very nice to read about you all. On another note Jack, why are nearly all your writers of the female variety? Image

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by jack1974 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:10 pm

Is just a coincidence, actually right now is more balanced since there are 3 male writers (Roommates, Nicole & Amber Magic Shop). Plus there's another male writer who helped with Loren 2 plot outline and could work on a new RPG in future :wink:

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by wildcard » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:37 pm

Wowies. Seeing just how many people are working for Jack makes me realize just how many titles at once are in work.
*squishes all of you*

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by thesleepykitten » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:37 pm

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We'll do our best. ^^v

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by jack1974 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:14 am

Haha nice pic :)

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by biscuit » Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:49 pm

It's nice being able to see all of your discussions and responses here! Apparently I need to follow twitter & the blog more if I want more insights. :O

Question for the writers: How is writing for a game different from other forms of writing, like a short story or novel? How do you keep track of the variables (and how many variables)? One of my favorite things to do on games like WW's is to replay as different characters/personality types and see how my choices affect the scenes I get, but how do you determine what things to change?

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by Zensliev » Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:31 pm

New to the forums, or more like new to registering anyway: I'm the long-winded, purple-proseish writer for Amber's Magic Shop who builds houses in Minecraft with his many writer's blocks. But I suppose I'll take a crack at answering this question anyway, even if I am the least suited among the writer staff to do so.

I would say the difference in writing for games versus 'regular' writing depends entirely on the genre and the style of the game in question. Certainly, writing for a visual novel, especially ones with stat-building rpg-ish game mechanics is very different from most regular writing, with perhaps the exception of writing a choose-your-own-adventure story. Even though I (mercifully for myself) don't have to handle the programming aspects or (mercifully for you) the artwork, I've still had to learn a bit of coding as I progress, as well as take player choices into account, which is something I've never had to worry about when writing books. But other kinds of games, like first person shooters or action platformers and the likes tend to be very linear in their story progression, and especially with the former, a lot of storytelling goes on in scripted cutscenes, which makes writing for those kinds of games very similar to writing movie scripts, just making note of when in the game a scene takes place, stage directions for the programmers and model-riggers, and cues for the voice actors. Games like the Elder Scrolls series are probably the most alien, since you have to try to write a story with enough meat in it that the player won't feel like it's just tacked on, but in an open world where the player is very likely to not see the story in the order you intended - for that you'd need to write your story in bite-sized modules that interconnect without one necessarily depending on the other having been seen first, and sparingly funnel the player through choke-points when there's something they HAVE to see before other events. That also has bits of the choose-your-own-adventure kind of writing to it, but obviously can get much more complicated and convoluted.

As for keeping track of the variables, as a personal preference I tend to just memorize the best I can so that as I'm writing a new event I can spot a good point to reference an earlier flag, etcetera, and if I feel like it's been a while or a scene just needs more variance to make it feel organic, I'll go back and see if there's any flags I may have forgotten that I can call to. It may make for a lot of extra coding, but I prefer having lots of flags, so I can have choices effect lots more than just the ending.

Hopefully that answers your question :P

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Re: About the Writers ( Q & A)

Post by jack1974 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:01 pm

Welcome to the forums :)

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