|Scriptwriting for Games|
Instructor: Lindsay Grace
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|Syllabus 2006: Scriptwriting for Games||Outline of requirements, grading policy, schedule, assignments, etc.||0|
|Game Team Outline||Information about the final project teams||0|
|What is a Game Writer||An overview of the scriptwriter?s role and responsibility in video games. This is an excerpt from a larger document created by the IGDA Game Writers SIG.||1||HTML|
|Grading Criteria||A short description of the grading criteria for our class. You should only worry about the A :)||1|
|Zombie Master Step Plan||A simplified step plan for a game.||1|
|Interesting Games||Games you may find interesting||1||HTML|
|Games to Play List||A suggested list of games to play. These games will be discussed in class.||2||HTML|
|Novel Game Stories and Concepts||Information about games that have received strong praise or criticism for their atypical approach to game storytelling or story concept.||2||HTML|
|Hall of Shame Links||Links to videos for the Hall of Shame Case Studies (bad games)||2||HTML|
|Writing Mechanics Links for Games||Links and information that can help new game writers.||2||HTML|
|Common writing errors explained||A list of common writing errrors at the college level. This is based on research at the University of Maine.||2|
|How to Polish those Great Ideas||A simple plan for proofreading your work before review. Following these steps will greatly improve your writing mechanics.||2|
|Game Concept Review Sheet||Game Concept review sheet for evaluating student game concepts in class. To be completed by each team, for each student game concept||3|
|Springboard sample||A sample of a springboard, premise, context (as assigned) see next link for sample synopsis||3||HTML|
|Sample Synopsis||A sample synopsis as assigned||3||HTML|
|Character Diamond Generator||Using Freeman's concept of a character diamond, this page helps you create a diamond for a character.||3||HTML|
|Character Arc Worksheet||A quick tool for helping you stay on track when developing characters for your game.||3|
|Sample character profile||Character sketch example: Max Payne||3|
|Major Game Characters||A list and description of a few major game characters. These PCs have been important in recent storytelling for games.||4||HTML|
|Tips for Writing Good Dialogue||Tips for writing good linear dialogue, which can also apply to non-linear and emergent storytelling||4|
|Dialogue Systems: Linear Conversation Example||Linear conversation is one of the simplest dialogue systems used in games. It is an old approach. Review this example from my Zombie Master case-study game.||4|
|Non-Linear Dialogue Sample||This is an example of non-linear dialogue. It is a hybrid of the action dialogue and dialogue menu systems described in class. It uses the Zombie Master in-class case study.||4|
|Action System List||t is common in games for the PC to indicate action with a list of canned responses. These responses help the player understand what they have chosen and add realism to game play. These lists are very easy to construct.||4|
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