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  • Game Design Challenge: Make An Epilogue

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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 an "epilogue" for a game of your choosing.

    Assignment Details

    Every once in a while, we'll come across a game that we just didn't want to end. Even when the credits roll, we might find ourselves pining for more gameplay, more story, or even just an opportunity to spend more time in a virtual world.

    With downloadable content now a major part of the game industry, we've seen numerous games add new levels, story lines, and gameplay elements, but it's not often that these sequences pick up right where the game originally left off. What would you do if you were to add new content to the end of one of your favorite games?

    Prince of Persia (2008)
    Prince of Persia (2008) received a downloadable epilogue shortly after launch.

    When designing an "epilogue" for one of your favorite titles, think of everything this new content would entail. If you choose a story-based game, how would the narrative progress? How would this new content differ from the original title? What would the gameplay be like? This is a chance to get creative -- let your imagination run wild as you explore some of your favorite game experiences.

    As a side note -- spoilers are welcome, but please give readers a fair warning beforehand!

    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: Make An Epilogue." 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, February 1

    Results will be posted Tuesday, February 7

    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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