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Are video game writers required to have a basic knowledge of programming and game development?

Asked by noservice (335points) September 10th, 2011

I understand there are certain programs like RPG Maker and Game Maker that have a simplified interface for people with little programming history (like me) to create games easily.

But can a writer actually break into the industry knowing little to nothing about programming and still be asked to write for a game’s story?

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jerv's avatar

It is hard to break into that industry even if you do have the programing skills; I know a few people who have tried.

But yes, it is entirely possible to get into the field without any programming skills.

tlm's avatar

Sure thing, it is possible, but it’s very hard. Speaking of those game editors, try a software called “Game Editor”. It’s really the best of those I found yet, just saying. See here.

Hibernate's avatar

If one works in a team he may be the one with the imagination ^^
I say this because a lot of times game developers chose a book to put into a game because they have no other ideas.

HungryGuy's avatar

Tools like RPG Maker and Game Maker are intended for amateurs to write their own home-grown games. Professionals use serious programming languages like C, Java, Perl, etc., etc., or even assembler for utmost performance and framerates). You’ll need a degree in Computer Science at the very least just to get any programming job, never mind games.

unused_bagels's avatar

Look at Hideo Kojima, I don’t think he’s a programmer, and he just, well, makes some of the best games ever.

jerv's avatar

You forgot Kazunori Yamauchi ; he is a professional race car driver who also helped design the Nissan GT-R.

Then again, I suppose nobody else here ever heard of the Gran Turismo series…

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