As you know, I'm organizing and moderating a Game Writing for Screenwriters panel on January 19th, at McGill. Here's another one of our intrepid panelists.
Richard Rouse III is a game designer and writer, currently focusing on action games. He is currently Narrative Director on an unannounced project at Ubisoft Montreal. Earlier, he wrote horror games. He was Creative Director and Writer on the hit action/horror title The Suffering and its sequel, The Suffering: Ties That Bind. Rouse has led the design on a number of other games, including Centipede 3D, Damage Incorporated, and Odyssey: The Legend of Nemesis, as well as contributing to the design on Homefront, Wheelman, and Drakan: The Ancients' Gates. He was previously the Director of Game Design at Midway and the Studio Creative Director at Surreal Software. Rouse has lectured about games on five continents and is author of Game Design: Theory & Practice, which remains one of the most popular books on game development.
Read his book over the holidays, and you can pummel him with even more questions!