DAYS GONE, the PS4 exclusive survival horror game, came out last month. I had the opportunity to write some early content for this game, set in the exquisite mountains, high desert, and forests of Oregon. The people of Bend Studios did an amazing job on this game. I spent about three months up there and even enjoyed riding around on a bike in the Cascade mountains. Spoiler: It’s more fun in-game, partially because IRL I felt like I was going to fall off, and also because it was cold!
If you’re interested in environmental storytelling, immersive ambient conversations, and a cult at the end of the world, check out DAYS GONE. Also, if you like killing zombie-like freakers while riding a bike like a boss, check it all the way out!
If you are interested in writing for games, or how to break into writing, Long Beach Comic Con had the panels for you this month.
For the “Writing for Video Games: the Real Behind the Virtual” panel, I joined Tony Bedard (Agents of Mayhem), Jon Callan (Survios), Shawn Kittelsen (Injustice 2), and John Nee (Cryptozoic) to discuss the trials and tribulations of writing games, and how it differs from other media. You can check out a short write-up here.
“Writing for Video Games” panel at Long Beach Comic-Con
Afterwards, I joined Brandon Easton (Agent Carter) and Geoffrey Thorne (Librarians) on “The Writer’s Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood.” Brandon puts on this panel at Comic-con, Wondercon, and LBCC, so you know it’s bound to be good. He gave people good advice on best books to read, including WRITING THE TV DRAMA, and WRITERS ON COMICS SCRIPTWRITING. I may have to check those out myself.
“The Writer’s Journey” panel at Long Beach Comic-con
Did you get a chance to attend either panel? If you did, drop a comment and share the best thing you learned!
More panels! A signing! If you’re going to Comic-con — and even if you’re not — you have more chances to learn about writing, hear news from Comic-con, and pick up a kewl comic. Here’s what I’ll be doing:
Comic-con HQ Streaming Panel
Thursday, July 21st, 3-4pm
Log on to Comic-con HQ (free) and watch a panel of industry pros, including me, discuss the latest news coming out of Comic-con!
Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Friday, July 22nd, 5-6pm, Room 9
Add this panel to your schedule, or check out more deets here.
Signing Crystal Cadets!
Sunday, July 24th, 11am-noon, Lion Forge booth 2300
I’ll be live in person signing promotional materials for the Crystal Cadets graphic novel (hopefully they can get the second printing in time). Rumor has it I’ll be joined by the artist, Katie O’Neill. Fingers crossed!
Come on down and say hi, or catch me streaming on the interwebs!
Comikaze is back at the LA Convention Center this weekend! If you want to learn about writing great video games, come on down for a panel with some awesome video game writers, and I’m not just talking about me 😉 The panel title is more than a prescription for creating great games — we’ll be discussing our own narrative toolbox. Join me, Chris Avellone, Haris Orkin, and Karen Strassman this Saturday to learn it all! Or as much as we can get through in an hour!
WRITING GREAT VIDEO GAMES with GREAT VIDEO GAME WRITERS
Saturday, October 31, 2015
The co-authors of SLAY THE DRAGON: WRITING GREAT VIDEO GAMES moderate a panel on video game writing with some of the best video game writers working today. Learn what goes into creating stories for games; what tricks and tools are in the video game writers’ toolbox. Hear how these game writers broke into a business and the need now for more narrative designers in this every growing world. Guests include: Anne Toole, The Witcher, Escape Dead Island;
Haris Orkin, Dying Light, Call of Juarez;
Karen Strassman, Til Morning’s Light, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm;
Chris Avellone, Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas.
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