For games in particular here are some examples of the issues that are prevalent:
- Audience – young, old, sex, race - in this case I am referring to cultural sensitivity, core gamer/casual gamer etc
- The type of game, for example an RTS (Real Time Strategy ex. Age of Empires) has different requirements for storytelling to a TBS (Turn Based Strategy ex XCOM).
- The type of control – ex the Wii controller is very different to a mouse and keyboard.
- Payment model, for example if a game is free to play is the story going to be told in a episodic way where the player has to pay to find out what happens next in their story.
- The hardware the game is on. A PC has much more freedom for storytelling methods in games compared to a 3DS for instance. An example would be cinematic, you could have the whole game told through cinematic in a PC game but there simply isnt enough space to do this on a hand held game system.
- Mobile or Stationary? It is much more necessary to have short to the point storytelling for a mobile app game compared to a long drawn out storytelling method of a PC role playing game for instance.