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Lost the Plot: Writing Story for "Storyless" Games

Ashley Reed  (Lead Writer, Respawn Entertainment)

Location: Room 2001, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Conventional wisdom says video game stories come in two flavors—elaborate cinematic experiences, or collections of barks and item descriptions glued together six months before launch. It's no surprise that game writers gravitate toward the first, but the truth is that there's space for narrative in even the sleekest platformer or most fast-paced shooter. In this talk, you will learn five key practices to create a story for your non-narrative game that feels meaningful, authentic, and satisfying—without a single cutscene or grenade bark in sight.


Attendees will learn strategies for integrating story into their projects that don't force an overt focus on narrative. This will help game writers hone their skills while working on games of any genre.

Intended Audience

Game writers, primarily those working on (or interested in) projects with a heavy emphasis on mechanics (shooters, puzzle games, etc). Knowledge of game narrative standards is helpful, but not required. Designers from other disciplines interested in integrating storytelling into their work are also encouraged to attend.

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