Follow us


MERCURY LEARNING and INFORMATION provides print and digital content in the areas of science and medicine, technology and computing, engineering, and mathematics (STEM disciplines) designed for the professional/reference, trade, library, higher education, career school, and online training markets. We embrace both traditional and innovative publishing models designed to accommodate the needs of the intended audience by using the appropriate delivery methods.

Video Game Writing

From Macro to Micro
Second Edition

Marek Walton
Maurice Suckling

ISBN: 9781683920298
Pub Date:  November 2016
Specs: 7 x 9   Paperback
Pages: 450
Price: $44.95


This insightful, revised book explores the challenging and evolving world of the games writer. Part I provides a fascinating overview of the history of games writing following its humble roots in the 60s to today’s triple-A titles; Part II asks and answers the key question: what does a games writer do and how do they do it? Especially useful reading for novice game writers, its chapters cover a broad range of topics including contracts, NDAs, creative collaboration, narrative design, editing, adaptations, and environmental storytelling. Part III, of particular value for more advanced students of writing, addresses deeper theoretical questions increasingly relevant in today’s games titles, including, Why have story at all? What is plot and how does it work? How best can a writer use agency? Finally, Part IV presents readers with hard-earned nuggets of wisdom from today’s game writers working in the US, Europe, and Japan. Packed with practical samples, case studies, and exercises, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the world of games writing.



Marek Walton and Maurice Suckling, have, between them, worked on over 40 games, for almost every major Western publisher. The last 14 years has seen one or both of them work as writers on titles such as Driver, Stuntman, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, Driver, XCOM, Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing, and more!