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  • Game Design Challenge: Photo Challenge: Island

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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

    Create a game based on the photo 'James Bond Island,' shown below.

    Assignment Details

    What sort of things do you think of when you look at this photo? Do you think tropical paradise? A treacherous desert island? Perhaps an unknown alien world?


    In this latest Game Design Challenge, you get the chance to show the world how this picture of Thailand's James Bond Island inspires you! Using the photo as a general guide, what sort of game would you create?

    Feel free to get literal and reference the island's history, or let your imagination run wild and use it only as visual inspiration -- you can also choose to remix the photo if you like!

    Whatever you decide, it's up to you to pick a genre and game concept and roll with it. Good luck!

    Original photo by Flickr user Joan Campderrós-i-Canas (Jo@net), used under Creative Commons

    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: Photo Design Challenge: Island." 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, June 27

    Results will be posted Tuesday, July 3

    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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