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  • Game Design Challenge: Location, Location, Location

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  •'s Game Design Challenge is an exercise in becoming a game developer, asking you to look at games in a new way -- from the perspective of a game creator, producer, marketer, businessperson, and so forth.

    Every other Wednesday we'll present you with a challenge about developing video games. You'll have two weeks to brainstorm a brilliant solution (see below for how to submit your answers). After the two week submission period elapses, the best answers and the names of those who submitted them will be posted.

    The Challenge

    Design a game that uses geolocation technology.

    Assignment Details

    With the rise of smartphones, more and more apps have been keeping tabs on where we are. Foursquare, Loopt, and even Facebook can keep track of you wherever you go, and of course, games are no different.

    For instance, mobile games like the mega-popular Angry Birds let players download new levels if they visit the right locations, and other titles like Turf Wars are built to completely rely on GPS technology. We've seen myriad ways to use this technology in games, and this is just the beginning.

    Now, for the question at hand: What would you do if you were to make a game using geolocation?

    The driving-based geolocation game Waze

    In this latest Game Design Challenge, we ask you to design a game that uses geolocation as part of its core gameplay. Be creative! Everything's fair game as long as geolocation plays a part in the overall experience.

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask questions on the forum. When your submission is complete, send it to with the subject line "Design Challenge: Location, Location, Location." Please type your answer directly in the email body.

    Submissions should be no more than 500 words and may contain up to three images. Be sure to include your full name and school affiliation or job title.

    Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, November 9

    Results will be posted Tuesday, November 15

    Disclaimer: is not responsible for similarities between the content submitted to the Game Design Challenge and any existing or future products or intellectual property.


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