As a colleague pointed out to me at a recent IGDA meeting, game dialog can be written well but not delivered well. Even if the dialog is out-of-this-world, poor voice-acting, engine limitations, or mismatched animation can hamper the performance. Many game developers do send the writer to the voiceover session, but how many think it’s important for the writer to interact with the programmers and artists?
Nowadays, game development is a collaborative process. Large games need teams of specialized workers. As we discussed in our SXSW Interactive session, story design shouldn’t be separated from the other disciplines. Story can go beyond ‘just the words.’ Instead, a dedicated narrative designer working with programmers, artists, and sound designers will know how to convey story in an interactive experience. To do this well, a narrative designer should be considered part of a multidisciplinary team.
For more on this topic, please read the article on Gamasutra – “Towards More Meaningful Games: A Multidisciplinary Approach.”