Dynamic Writing with Video Games | 123Read&Write

Here on 123Read&Write, we’re providing a unique writing section called “Dynamic Writing with Video Games.” Often, reluctant writers just need the correct motivation to begin putting ideas to paper. An avenue of particular interest for some reluctant writers is video games. Therefore, by combining the two mediums of video games and writing, the hope is that this section of 123Read&Write will provide an avenue to nurture writers that have thus far not found the needed inspiration to write consistently. By clicking on the links provided, the prospective writer will be taken to a page that focuses on the game mentioned, along with various writing activities to coincide with the linked videos. 

Infamous Second Son offers an open world action adventure, set around the astounding sites of Seattle. The main story focuses on main protagonist, Delsin Rowe, battling against the Department of Unified Protection. Throughout the game, Delsin accumulates various powers based on smoke, neon, and video to take the battle to the streets and hopefully find his redemption. 

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, which is a story-driven adventure developed by Starbreeze Studios and published by 505 Games. Gameplay centers around the interaction between the two brothers and the world which surrounds them. Together, they must overcome obstacles and complete puzzles by working in tandem.

Rayman's Origins is a platform game developed by and published by UbisoftThe game’s story follows Rayman, his friend Globox, and two teensies as they fight Darktoons and other evil creatures that have taken over the Glade of Dreams. There's something to be said about simplicity, beautiful art, and a feeling of simple childhood. Rayman's Origins offers all of these and more. Is it a simple game? No . . . not if your a completionist. But, to simply enjoy the game for what it is, and not worrying about grabbing every last item, there's fun to be had by all.

There’s nothing greater than memories of childhood, while building and creating whatever my mind could dream up with Legos! Forget about the directions and what was supposed to be created; I was more interested in seeing what I could create based on whatever particular vision I had in mind. That’s what makes The Lego Movie video game so enticing. It brings back that sense of wonderment as a child. 

Little did I know what a complete head trip I was about to experience when I began the game the PS3 game Portal 2. Gone are the zombie left . . . Shoot . . . Zombie right . . . Shoot. Now it's like a massive weight challenging your intellect, daring you not to look stupid. However, when you add the witty humor of GLaDOS and the hysterics of the clumsy robot Wheatley . . . the mindbending puzzles don't feel so downright evil. Enough cannot be said about Wheatley (brilliantly voiced by Stephen Merchant.) This portrayal is simply side splitting humor.

Journey is a unique experience; one that’s perfectly suited for writing options. It’s spiritual; it's kind of co-op at times; however, you'll never communicate together except through minute musical notes. Basically, thatgamecompany has crafted another spiritual experience. Players will all have their own opinions on what the journey is; or what it signifies. That's one of greatest accomplishments of this game . . . the sense of wonderment if offers. 

Dragon Age: Inquistion is an action RPG which focuses on a conflict between mages, templars, and a mysterious breach from the sky. The ultimate goal is to bring the people of Thedas together to work towards closing the breach and defeating whoever or whatever created it. While the game has a mature rating, the writing activities focus solely on some of the fantastic writing and dialogue, which the writers of the game produced.

Within the story of Ni No Kuni, you're tasked as a young boy named Oliver, who is brokenhearted at the untimely death of his mother. He soon learns that he may be able to rescue his mom from another world entirely. One unique aspect of the game is that of our main protagonist. If you're looking for a testosterone filled hero going throughout the world blasting away without prejudice, this is not the game for you. Oliver is simply a normal boy who misses his mom and does what he can to rescue her. Simply put, it's a love story with a mythical touch.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War provides a story of war wrapped in a puzzle adventure video game. The games inspiration derives from letters written during the Great War, and showcases four distinct characters on the battlefield. These characters assist a young German soldier find his lost love within this gripping tale of survival, sacrifice, and friendship.

Dying Light is a zombie survival themed game set in an open world. Players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious epidemic, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population with a heavy focus on parkour mechanics, allowing players to perform actions such as climbing ledges, leaping off from edges, sliding, jumping from roofs to roofs and zip-lining.