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Review: Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques

Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques
Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques by Evan Skolnick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


With increasingly sophisticated video games being consumed by an enthusiastic and expanding audience, the pressure is on game developers like never before to deliver exciting stories and engaging characters. WithVideo Game Storytelling, game writer and producer Evan Skolnick provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide to storytelling basics and how they can be applied at every stage of the development process—by all members of the team. This clear, concise reference pairs relevant examples from top games and other media with a breakdown of the key roles in game development, showing how a team’s shared understanding and application of core storytelling principles can deepen the player experience. Understanding story and why it matters is no longer just for writers or narrative designers. From team leadership to game design and beyond, Skolnick reveals how each member of the development team can do his or her part to help produce gripping, truly memorable narratives that will enhance gameplay and bring today’s savvy gamers back time and time again. – Goodreads Book Description.

Though this book was written to detail styles for Video Game Narrative telling, I found the descriptions and instructions to be useful in every day writing. I often times find that novels that detail how to properly tell a story can cross venues, from screenplays to video games. Any author who wants to take a look into how to properly narrate a story needs to look no further than this novel – it lays out the basic elements of what is important in a story, the details that should be involved, and what you need to look out for.

I can’t really say much more than that! It’s an interesting read and something that I am going to happily keep on my reference bookshelf!

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