I don’t play videogames, aside from an occasional round of Bejeweled on the iPhone. I routinely turn down any offer of work from the videogame industry, sight unseen. I’ve had enough shitty experiences with the videogame field that, really, they can all die in a fucking fire. Dealing with the videogame industry pretty much ruined videogames for me. I own no consoles, and I don’t own a mouse for my laptop. So I can’t really answer your question, except perhaps for this:
The writer is always the last person they hire, not the first.