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  • Game Design Challenge: Let's Get Serious

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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 somehow benefits the real world.

    Assignment Details

    As video games have evolved over the past few decades, they have begun to reach far beyond the realm of pure entertainment. Like television, radio, or print, video games are also a medium for communication, and game designers can use their titles to teach, inform, and raise awareness about real-world issues.

    For instance, there exist a number of "serious games" that help teach players about environmental issues, assist in physical therapy, simulate complex scientific systems, and more.

    In fact, there are even a number of organizations that are focused completely on creating and promoting games that support educational or otherwise humanitarian efforts.

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    What would you do if you were to design a game that encourages positive real-world change? What issues would your game cover? How would it play? How would it teach or help players? This challenge gives you a chance to demonstrate how you would change the world through games -- get creative, and let your passion run wild!

    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: Let's Get Serious." 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 22

    Results will be posted Tuesday, February 28

    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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