design story

anonymous asked:

When applying for jobs in Game Design, would a small novella be a strong example of writing skills? Is it okay if the thing is in another language completely? I used to write a lot when I was younger, and some of my work was featured in famous festivals and nominated for important prizes. The thing is it's all written in Spanish, and having it translated might not get the point across properly. Should I bother to include this on my CV? My fields of interest are Gameplay, System and Story design.

It’s better than nothing if you want a job as a [game writer], but I wouldn’t call it a strong example. It probably wouldn’t be very useful if you wanted to be a [system designer], [scripter], or [level designer]. You could include it in your CV, but it’s much more likely [to fall under the category of “noise”] than anything else.

The main issue is that writing for games isn’t like writing a novel or short fiction in the same manner that writing a comic book, a screenplay, a theatrical play, or a TV script isn’t the same. These are each different media, with different emphases and story beats. With a television script, you need to take things into account like timing of commercial breaks, running time, pacing, budget, and the possibility of syndication. Screenplays need to be more compact and must take the visuals into account. Theatrical plays need to take stage direction and audience placement into account. You need to craft the experience for the player, and that means building around the idiosyncrasies of the medium.

[Writing for games] is very different than writing a self-contained story. You never get carte blanche to dictate what’s what in your own segment of the game. Your job is to take prompts provided by other designers and construct the narrative for that setting. You’re writing within restrictions like a line budget, a word budget, character restrictions, IP/licensing restrictions, and so on. You need to take the visuals into account - showing the player what’s happening, rather than simply telling them. A writer needs to empower the player to be the active participant in the story, rather than simply a passive observer. These are all things that usually aren’t considered when writing prose.

Knowing how to do one can help learn another, since it helps understand how to do something else, but we hiring managers are looking for someone who can do the job, not to find somebody to train for it. The absolute best way to showcase that you can do the job is by literally doing it - [download a mod kit] and start writing quests for games. Give it to people to play and get feedback. Iterate and improve. Not only will you gain valuable experience applying your writing ability to relevant work, but you’ll also get something that you can and should put on your CV that hiring managers can examine and play with.

4

Well.. I was planning on working on Atreyu, but ended up getting sidetracked by just how dang fun fur and teeth are. Once I started going down the thought path of how he would look and why, I was stuck. Oops! 

Progress sketches.

Other characters:

The Childlike Empress

Cairon

Falkor


Here’s some reasoning behind his design:

Keep reading

10

36 Days of Type 

(by Juan Díaz-Faes

I participated in 36 Days of Type a project that invites designers, illustrators and graphic artists to give ​their particular view on the signs from our alphabet. 36 days of restless creativity, in which participants are challenged to design a letter or number for each day, resulting in an overall view of the ability to represent the same sign from many different perspectives. A project that aims to create a space for creation around typography and its endless graphic possibilities.



DESIGN STORY:  | Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ |

Keep reading

3

I’ve been around a lot of people that write and read lots of fanfics since forever, including me a little, and I think it’s like an illuminati group or something, around the word, the fandoms join forces to create amazing stories that the TV or books can’t handle, creating worlds for all kinds of people’s tastes.

I hope you like it, I did this just for fun.

Have a nice day, read a lot of fanfics, write them and share them!! :D

2

Invaded by the iWatch - Erotic tales from the intersection of emerging technologies and transhumanism

From the famous writer Leonard Delaney - known for Conquered by Clippy and Taken by the Tetris Blocks - comes a new deeply moving erotic short story about the Apple Watch and a passionate heroine:

Christie Aackerlund loves technology, so she is happy to try out a smartwatch prototype that mysteriously arrives at her door. When she asks the watch how it can make her less lonely, she has no idea how many sensual features are packed into the tiny device.

Discover how a forbidden sexual romance between a woman and a watch is possible. Cry out in joy at guest appearances from your favourite technology personalities. Squirm at a twist ending to the Digital Desires trilogy that will leave you uncomfortably aroused.

This 4000 word short story contains sexual encounters with technology, blow-jobs, and group sex. It’s only for super mature people who can handle it.

Truly a landmark of the genre. Just kidding. I haven’t bought it, so I’m interested in your reviews. Maybe I’ll change my mind. There’s even a “Collectors Box” called “Digital Desires Inbox”.

[buy it on amazon]

ATB Challenges - week 2!

May 17th-May 23rd

DIARY COMICS!

Rules:

(all rules are optional suggestions! Feel free to change them as you see fit !)

  1. Make diary comics this week! 
  2. Some examples of comics you can do: Hourlies (examples) , Dailies (comics based on what you did that day) , comics about self reflection, comics about your hopes for the future or comics about personal experiences! You can also do one page a day and do a 7 page story over the course of the week or do a fiction comic in the form of diary comic entries! (These are all just options to give you ideas!)
  3. If you’ve never made comics before, use this to practice pacing a story, designing page composition while also thinking about panel composition, as well as how art style can influence a story. 
  4. For an extra challenge, try to use at least one new technique with color, line quality, medium, etc. 
  5. Post them to the tumblr tag #ATB challenge!