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#1 Doge   Members   -  Reputation: 102


Posted 24 July 2014 - 10:07 AM



Not sure about this being the correct section of the forum as I just registered. Here goes what I wanted to speak about:


I am absolutely newbie to game development and what else - this is what I want to study for in a future. I am 16 years old, live in Spain, and have good grades in my current studies. I have many questions though, and I wish to find an active forum or rather someone to guide me and/or answer them. That said, I want to ask some things, but before I want to point out that I know nothing about games except my experience playing them, nor know anything about any computer language.


I am very creative, and I would love creating games but not model, visual, or programming side. I would love to write for this games (being in Spanish or any other language they make me learn) I only know Spanish and English though. I rather write a book, but that is not so amazing as writing a game story or something else. I would love to be the narrator of my own game story and write each thing that surrounds it - but having someone else to do the side work that feels so boring and complicated to me (like programming or designing models). My question is:


Is this possible? Can I write for games rather than programming or designing them? I think that is what I aim and would love to do in a future or even a nearer one. Would I need to learn more languages? Which? I would love to write in English or Spanish though. :)


Also, am I too young? I am only 16 right now and so I guess that makes a big difference also. 


I have a lot of time to spend writing this summer and I hope someone can help me out with my questions. Here I leave some of my contact details for anyone who wants to speak to me about this:




Thanks for the help once again!


#2 tp9   Members   -  Reputation: 532


Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:56 PM

Sounds like you want to be a story writer. Why not just start writing stories on your own? I'm not in the industry but I assume story writers for games have English language backgrounds (or Spanish in your case) and have a portfolio of short stories that game development teams can look at when hiring a writer.


For an example check out 'Kingdoms of Amalur.' The famous sci-fi writer, R. A. Salvatore, created the lore for the game. The story is amazing. The lore was one of the things that made it a great game.

#3 Navezof   Members   -  Reputation: 1211


Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:32 PM


Is this possible? Can I write for games rather than programming or designing them?

Technicaly yes. And I guess that behind each story in video game, there is a story writer :) Especially if you look at some recent production (The Last of US, Remember Me, Metal gear solid, etc...)

Would I need to learn more languages? Which?

The language of the studio in which you want to work in. I would recommend english because it's the international language and most used in this industry.

Also, am I too young? I am only 16 right now and so I guess that makes a big difference also. 

To get a job, I think so. But to start writing you future? Never! The sooner the better I would say :D

Yes, obviously there is a difference between a 16 years old beginner and a 40 years old story writer veteran. That's called experience, but don't let it bother you, just keep going forward :D

I don't know if there is a real difference between writing stories for a game and for a novel. So my advice would be to start writing short story and ask for people to read you and give feedback. (I insist on the short, don't try to make grandiose story yet, you will probably fail :)

Good luck!

#4 mikeo01   Members   -  Reputation: 173


Posted 24 July 2014 - 02:18 PM

If programming/modelling doesn't interest you, but creativity and storytelling does, I'd probably say don't directly look at the game industry.


Instead, take your creative ideas out on paper/computer, write short stories (like the above comment mentioned) and maybe post them on a blog on the Internet. Soon as you get your ideas out there the sooner people will notice and like/dislike your writing style.


I'd personally aim to develop short stories and maybe look at getting yourself into writing novels. I am sure game developers, or even indie game developers will look for you. Instead of you looking for them, as as a writer you'll have your own writing style.



That's my personal opinion and advise anyway smile.png

Edited by mikeo01, 24 July 2014 - 02:18 PM.