Most people have played at least one video game before. There are so many different types of games, and my personal favorites are RPG’s. Why is that? Because they have amazing plots and wonderful characters, in-depth worlds and overall, that ties together to make a great game.
All of the things that make a great RPG, make a great novel.
I would recommend taking a look at a couple roleplaying games. There are popular ones that fit all the above, such as the Final Fantasy series, or lesser known series, such as the Persona series, particularly games three and four. Of course, there are plenty of other games that are great when it comes to everything I mentioned above, but these are two that I would personally recommend.
Let’s take a deeper look at similarities between games and books, shall we?
Characters are one of the most essential parts of any book. The readers follow along their story and live through their trying journey with them. Readers feel their emotions, their pain, and all the sorrow life puts them through, as well as the joy. In games, characters change over the course of the game as plot points are revealed. They develop. In books, that is what writers must create: Developing characters who readers enjoying following and root for.
Another important part of any novel is the plot. What happens? The protagonist finds out that they’re the last in the line of mages, bad guys come after the main character to kill him/her or force him/her to help them in their quest to take over the world. Base plotline. Throw in some trials along the way. An epic battle, the death of the character’s best friend; all these things bring life to the tale and make readers even more attached to the character. Games often do this well.
So, you’ve got your mage, your bad guys, and your sidekicks. What else? Paint a picture for the readers. Now that you have essentials that are in the world, you need the world itself. What is the history of this world? For example, how were the mages wiped out? While mentioning specific historical events, tell readers about the world. Is it filled with lush forests, scattered islands, or dangerous deserts? Let readers know the more intricate details, even things like social structure in their society. These details tie everything else together.
So, the next time you intend to play a game, take a more mindful look at these aspects. You’ll be amazed what you can find and learn from video games, that you can turn around and use for writing your novel, short stories, or plays.
After all, there’s a reason the video game industry needs writers.
What do you think about the ties between video games and books? Is there any game you would recommend for the above-mentioned points? Share them!