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Gamertell Review: Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing edited by Wendy Despain

Gamertell has posted a review of the book Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing edited by Wendy Despain and published by A.K. Peters. From the review:

"This is neither a handbook nor is it really an in-depth guide. Instead, it's more of a textbook for someone who has never worked as a professional freelance writer...

Some of the better advice is as basic as the preferred program for writing a game (Excel), regardless of how linear a game's story might be. This also speaks to the individuality of a game company's process, which cannot even agree on a process or develop an application for writing games. Unfortunately, some of these sections are also the most inadequate...

What the book does do very well is put everything into amazing context. You definitely get the impression that these writers have had to deal with many types of situations - otherwise they wouldn't feel the need to continually emphasize attitude and atmosphere."

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