Seminar Presentation: Why is video game writing so... bad?



Thursday, February 16, 2023

2:30 – 4:00 pm

KCIC Auditorium


Why is video game writing so... bad?



Abstract: Video games have come a long way. Graphics and animations are becoming ever more realistic, gameplay systems grow increasingly immersive and complex. But video game stories are still mostly... Bad. Why is that? What sort of constraints hamper game developers from improving their storytelling? Are video game stories capable of living up to the standards set by literature and cinema - and should they even try to? Based on my first-hand experience as a video game developer, I will try to answer these questions - and perhaps divulge an industry secret or two in the process.


About the presenter: JAKUB SZAMALEK – award winning novelist and video game writer, who co-created international bestsellers such as "The Witcher 3" and "Cyberpunk 2077". Doctor of classical archaeology educated at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and a Cambridge Gates Scholar. The first volume of his latest series of tech-thrillers is currently being adapted into a major motion picture, set for an international release in 2023.


Members of the Acadia Community are welcome to attend!

Go back