12 Writing Prompts about Video Games

Whether it is writing a story from the perspective of a character from a video game, or being thoughtful about what games have to offer as positive experiences, there should be something for everyone here.

I know the best storylines in some of the games I’ve played over the years have stuck with me far longer than most movie storylines – because I was part of the story unfolding I suppose.

These can be great to get your students engaged and enthusiastic about writing too! You might also like to try our superhero writing prompts for some more excited students writing sessions!

Let’s get into it…

How to use:

Try a random prompt and write 500 words on it right now!

Or maybe you’d prefer to try combining two prompts into one very detailed exploration of what video games mean to you.

You can do a writing week challenge – write in depth on a new topic from the list below each day for a week.

These are all about inspiring thoughtful and enjoyable writing, so get into it however you want to!

The prompts:

  1. What are some good things about playing video games that people might not know?
  2. Do you think playing video games such as minecraft can encourage creativity like painting pictures or building things in real life? Why?
  3. Do you feel more or less connected to other people when you’re spending a lot of time playing games? Why?
  4. Do you think that video games more actively engage your brain than watching a movie or tv show? Why?
  5. How is playing a virtual reality game different to a game played on a screen? Explain your thinking with as much detail as possible.
  6. Can video games impact your emotions? How?
  7. Do you feel like the emotional connection you have to a character in a video game can be stronger than it would be to a character in a film? Why?
  8. Do you prefer playing multiplayer or singleplayer story-driven games most of the time? Why?
  9. What is a game story line that stuck with you for years after playing the game? What was it about that game which made it have such an impact on you?
  10. Do you spend more time watching Youtubers or twitch streamers play games than playing them yourself? Why?
  11. Would you like to be a full-time professional gamer, knowing how hard they have to train to get that good? Why?
  12. Write a story set in the world of your favorite video game. Use as many details of the characters and environment as possible.

Here’s some more for you…

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Matt & Hayley

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