Edmonton’s aspiring video game writers got a chance to meet a couple of BioWare’s finest Sunday afternoon.
Game writers Sylvia Feketekuty and Luke Kristjanson spoke to a packed house at the Stanley A. Milner Library downtown as part of a Writers' Corner series organized by the EPL’s writer in residence.
The award-winning writers behind Mass Effect 2 and 3 and the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition talked about what it takes to become a game writer, and offered practical tips for those hoping to learn the ropes.
'For every blockbuster explosion movie there’s a Lord of the Rings and for every side scrolling jumper game there’s an RPG with 10 novels in it.”' - Luke Kristjanson, Senior Writer at BioWare
The event, which was held in the library’s Makerspace – a public workspace well-equipped with 3D Printers, Espresso Book Machine, creative workstations, gaming consoles. and a green screen – was so well attended some guests were turned away at the door.
“It was really flattering to see how many people came out,” said Feketekuty. “The attendance was way more than I was expecting. That was really cool.”
"A lot of the people here are people interested in making games, so it's really great to be able to pass on some advice that i would have found helpful when I was starting out ... like ‘don't make that mistake I did!’"
Kristjanson also embraced the chance to talk about the industry, saying that Edmontonians are uniquely set up to learn a lot – and maybe find a job – given the local presence of BioWare, an internationally-recognized gaming company.
He said there's a tendency for people to forget the work that goes on behind the scenes in making complex video games.
“It’s an element of games that people don’t think about very often … they think of their first game, which is a lot of jumping and a lot of pong and not a lot of text going on – but there’s a lot of genres out there. And for every blockbuster explosion movie there’s a Lord of the Rings and for every side scrolling jumper game there’s an RPG with 10 novels in it.”
Event organizers say today's talk was so popular they are considering holding an encore workshop.