Alana Pearce, who is now working on God of War: Ragnarok at Santa Monica Studio, has sent a quick reminder that writers are also part of the dev team. Developers from other studios stepped in to support her.

God of War: Ragnarok

“Video game writers are, in fact, on the dev team,” Pearce wrote on Twitter, showing a photo of her wearing a dev team shirt.

Later, many other developers reacted to the message, sharing their own thoughts on the issue. “I don’t know wtf thinks writers/narrative people aren’t devs, but that’s completely ignorant of how games actually get made,” Forza and Call of Duty sound designer Mark Kilborn wrote.

Battlefield technical design director Viktor Lundberg noted that it is sad that “this needs to be pointed out consistently.”

QA Rodrigo Morales agreed, saying that the term “dev” shouldn’t be used to only describe software engineers.

PUBG sound designer Lorenzo Salvadori said that everyone who thinks that only programmers are considered devs should look in the game credits to see how many people are involved in the process.

“The games we make wouldn’t be possible without every single role and, in almost all dev cultures, anyone — regardless of position or function — can contribute directly to the game through feedback, ideas, and more,” That’s No Moon director of marketing and communications Scott Lowe wrote.

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