Get the latest Education e-news
 

Go Back   Game Career Guide Forums > Game Career Guide > Getting Started
Forum Home Register Members List Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-04-2011, 09:04 AM   #1
Superhustle411
Junior Member

Activity Longevity
0/20 9/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssssssss2
Default How do I become a Video Game Writer?

Hello Forum

I was recently searching the internet and came across this forum. I have been a gamer ever since I can remember, and it has always been my dream to work for a video game company. However, I don't know how or where to start and I'm trying to find some advice.

I have a bachelor's degree (a split mathematics/business degree) and am working on an MBA. I wanted to take courses that specifically pertained to game design but I never found any at the colleges I attended.

I do well in school, and I have a lot of business, languages, and business Microsoft software (excel, access ect.) skills, along with a tiny bit of programming (VBA), but my main talent is in writing.

I have been writing and publishing pen and paper role playing game products for the past three years. In the past year I have gotten very serious about my writing and found that I could write 10,000 to 12,000 words per day (without editing). Some of the products I have written have won seller awards on RPGnow.com and I have appeared on RPGnow.com's podcast once to talk about a game product I created. I always turn in my assignments weeks or months in advance, and can sometimes do them next day (which freaks out my publishers to no end).

I have had experience working with game mechanics, design, dialogue, and general writing and editing.

I know that the video game field is very elitist, and it's tough to get into. However it is something I really want to do and would be willing to work hard for it.

So how would I get a job in the game industry as a writer? Is there anything special I need to do? Do I need to go after a different masters degree than what I am going after now? Or am I spitting in the wind?

Thank you for reading this! I appreciate it!
Superhustle411 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 01:27 AM   #2
hamburg113
Junior Member

Activity Longevity
0/20 9/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssssssss1
Default

Hi

I read some opinions in this topic. I do not agree above ideal. We can find out some articles at about.com by using Google search.

If you want to get more materials that related to this topic, you can visit: Job interview tips

Best regards.

Last edited by hamburg113 : 05-15-2011 at 04:20 PM. Reason: Update
hamburg113 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 01:38 AM   #3
yaustar
Administrator
 
yaustar's Avatar

Activity Longevity
1/20 19/20
Today Posts
1/11 sssss2244
Location: UK
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Superhustle411 View Post
So how would I get a job in the game industry as a writer?
Easy. Apply.

(Of course, have a portfolio of writings related to the industry you want to enter before doing so)

Start a blog. Get reviews, articles, editorials, etc onto it.

Hell, write you own magazine if you need to (eg http://www.michaelrbrown.com/?page_id=167 )
yaustar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 06:55 AM   #4
tsloper
Super Moderator

Activity Longevity
4/20 14/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss1782
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Default How to become a video game writer

Quote:
Originally Posted by Superhustle411 View Post
1. how would I get a job in the game industry as a writer?
2. Is there anything special I need to do?
3. Do I need to go after a different masters degree than what I am going after now?
4. Or am I spitting in the wind?
1. Read http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson32.htm
2. Read http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson27.htm
3. No. An MBA is OK.
4. Probably, to some extent. Read http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson24.htm
__________________
Tom Sloper
Sloperama Productions
Making games fun and getting them done. www.sloperama.com

PLEASE do not use this website's PM feature to contact me.
tsloper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 01:15 PM   #5
Superhustle411
Junior Member

Activity Longevity
0/20 9/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssssssss2
Default

Thanks to everyone for their help, I have a better idea of what I need to focus on.

Tsloper thank you very much for the links to your website. They were very informative and I learend a lot by reading them. I'll probably be visiting your site more often for advice.

Thank you again!
Superhustle411 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:51 AM.






UBM Tech