Dramatic Storytelling & Narrative Design: A Writer’s Guide to Video Games and Transmedia, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Dramatic Storytelling & Narrative Design

A Writer’s Guide to Video Games and Transmedia, 1st Edition

By Ross Berger

CRC Press

192 pages

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Paperback: 9781138319738
pub: 2019-09-09
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This book describes narrative design’s role in game development, provide examples of its practical usage, delve into the day-to-day expectations, and assess its quality in 5 popular games. Additionally, it will discuss the influence of transmedia storytelling in today’s games and how its impact continues to grow. Today’s IP transcends a single medium. Accordingly, creating its story across various media outlets is necessary to meet the high demands of millennial and GenZ consumers. Game narrative is often the centerpiece of these transmedia extensions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Narrative Design? Chapter 2: Five Examples of Narrative Design Chapter 3: What is Transmedia?. Chapter 4: IV. How do games and transmedia work together? Chapter 5: Rules for Success . Chapter 6:Transferable Roles outside of games Chapter 7:The Future

About the Author

Ross Berger started his writing career as a playwright in New York, where he received the Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Next-Step Fellowship. In 2004, he co-wrote the Emmy-submitted, Sweeps Week episode "Gov Love" for NBC’s Law & Order.

Since 2007, his career has been part Hollywood and part Silicon Valley. Ross bridges the gap between the two by designing, writing, and producing story experiences across traditional and new media platforms. Credits include the Webby-Award winning LonelyGirl15 (2007-2008), the Obama Girl franchise (2007-2008), and the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck-produced show The Runner (2016). In the video game industry, Ross was the senior narrative designer for Microsoft Studios and Electronic Arts for such titles as Quantum Break (2016), Sunset Overdrive (2014), and the NBA Live (2017-2019) franchise. Ross’ first console title was CSI: Deadly Intent (2009), where he learned video game storytelling from the former masters of game narrative, Telltale Games. (Rest in peace.)

Ross has also worked heavily in Virtual Reality as a writer for the Oculus Rift launch title Farlands (2016) and the award-winning Eclipse: Edge of Light (2017) for the Google Daydream and Oculus Go.

Ross is also a published author, a former animation writer, and a one-time scenario writer of a board game. A graduate of Brandeis (BA, Philosophy) and Columbia (MFA, Playwriting) universities, Ross is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Television Academy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games