Computer & Video Game Scriptwriting- VIE Virtual Island of Entertainment

Computer Game Scriptwriter for VIE: Virtual Island of Entertainment

Registration Screenshot for the launched computer game VIE: Virtual Island of Entertainment

 “Shirl has immense creativity and a great sense of keeping plot details straight… I recommend her work to others.” – S. Coallier, Vice President Product Dev

I was a script writer and narrative designer for the multi-player online computer game and virtual world VIE: Virtual Island of Entertainment for two years. Launched in 2011, VIE sought to create a player experience with unfolding episodic plotlines like an immersive t.v. series, including much material I conceived and wrote.

As both a writer and creative consultant, I invented world-building concepts and an original cast of complex characters, collaborating with a team of concept artists and developers to realize locations, character creation and animation, costume design and quests.  My characters evolved in their own plot arc while balancing interactions and story pacing with a separately conceived cast and plotline created by a co-writer. While working on VIE, I created story pitches, production treatments, detailed plot arc outlines, dialogue and hundreds of pages of cinematic scriptwriting on multiple “episodes” for this project.

In addition, I reviewed and revised written materials created by other members of the design team, such as side quests, tutorials and minor dialogue. I also wrote a complete mini-game from a brief concept, and hundreds of compelling descriptions for a catalog of clothing, accessories and other items purchasable with real cash.

Main Adventure Dialogue Screenshots:

  • Adventure Opening Adventure Opening You encounter a distraught young woman, dressed for a date, rushing around the main plaza. She stumbles into you, breaking the heel of her dress shoe. You ask if she's alright...
  • Anything I can help with? Anything I can help with?
  • That sounds serious That sounds serious
  • Calm down... I'm sure it's going to be alright. Calm down... I'm sure it's going to be alright.
  • Where were you headed? Where were you headed?
  • Maybe he's just late? Maybe he's just late?
  • When's the last time you talked to him? When's the last time you talked to him?
  • What does he look like? Maybe I can help you find him. What does he look like? Maybe I can help you find him.
  • I wish I could help more... I wish I could help more...
  • Can you give me a better description of Luc? Can you give me a better description of Luc?
  • Got it... Got it...
  • You said he works at a bar? You said he works at a bar?
  • Can you think of anything else I've missed? Can you think of anything else I've missed?
  • End of first encounter End of first encounter
     

 

Mystery Quest Dialogue- Searching for clues around the island

  • You enter a nearby clothing store, searching for Luc.... You enter a nearby clothing store, searching for Luc....
  • Do you know a guy named Luc? His girlfriend is looking for him. Do you know a guy named Luc? His girlfriend is looking for him.
  • In your search for Luc, you also visit the casino, the most happening place on the Island... In your search for Luc, you also visit the casino, the most happening place on the Island...
  • Do you know a guy named Luc? Do you know a guy named Luc?
  • The Casino Bouncers politely block your entry to a prominent central room, offering you games instead.... The Casino Bouncers politely block your entry to a prominent central room, offering you games instead....
  • They all seem to be hiding something... They all seem to be hiding something...
  • Heard anything interesting lately? Heard anything interesting lately?
  • Seriously, I'm looking for Luc de la Roche. Seriously, I'm looking for Luc de la Roche.
  • Oh, people... Oh, people...
  • Jasmin (end conversation) Jasmin (end conversation)
     

 

Copywriting & Editing – Items and tutorials

  • Clothing available in game for purchase with real cash Clothing available in game for purchase with real cash Named hundreds of items and wrote descriptions based on a concept sketches.
  • Edited/rewrote all tutorial copy provided by design team Edited/rewrote all tutorial copy provided by design team
  • Dance Tutorial Dance Tutorial
     

 

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” Shirl always provided on time work, proved to be flexible and was able to adjust her work as required by development changes. It is my hope that we will work together again soon.” D. Alioto, Producer

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