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Questions about game writing.

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I'm wondering... - How do you get hired as a writer for games? - Is the writer the one who comes up the story/plot and pitches it, or does someone else give you like a general idea to go off of? - What entirely are game writers responsible for?

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Generally, one doesn't get hired as a writer for games. Writing is the most undervalued area of game content, and the one everyone thinks they can do without any training or qualifications. In the game design industry, game stories are decided in one of 3 ways: the lead game designer decides what the story will be, the producer(s) pick from the suggestions made by committee brainstorming, or an existing intellectual property such as a book or movie is optioned and converted into a game - sometimes with the assistance of the writer who created it, sometimes not. Some teams have multiple staff writers, some have no writers.

In indie game design it's a bit different - the writer either is the lead designer, or is chosen and their creations vetoed by the lead designer. So as a writer you have to either become a designer or team up with a designer who is not interested in making up their own story.

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