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  • Game Design Challenge: E-Book Games

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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 for an e-book device.

    Assignment Details

    Over the last few years, mobile gaming has undergone a bit of a renaissance. Smartphones and tablets have introduced new gameplay styles and business models, and even turned on new audiences to the appeal of gaming in general.

    It seems that we're nearly every mobile device as a game platform at this point, but it seems some platforms are better suited to the task than others.

    But we want to make sure every platform gets a fair shot, right? Think about e-book readers like the Kindle or Nook. These devices are extremely common nowadays, but very rarely are they used for games.

    Kindle Game
    An example of a game on Kindle

    If you were to develop a game for an e-book device, what would you do? How would you work around (or take advantage of) the hardware limitations, such as the limited processing capabilities or the screen's slow refresh rate?

    The rules here are simple: just design a game that would work on an existing e-book reader. Regardless of what you come up with, think about what you'd do to make gaming work on an unconventional platform.

    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: E-Book Games." 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, December 21

    Results will be posted Tuesday, December 27

    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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