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  • Game Design Challenge: Microsoft Surface

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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 the Microsoft Surface.

    Assignment Details

    By now, we're all quite familiar with games on tablets and other mobile devices. The iPad, the Kindle Fire, and other devices have proven that games work well on handheld touch-screens, but just last month Microsoft announced a device that promises to shake the tablet paradigm up a bit.

    The Microsoft Surface is a high-powered machine that promises to blend the form factor of a tablet with the functionality of a full-fledged laptop. The device even supports an unusual Touch Cover that offers a full keyboard, touchpad, and accelerometer (for pressure sensitivity).

    It even includes USB slot and a Micro HD slot, so theoretically, users could plug in traditional controllers or even hook the Surface up to a traditional television.


    There's plenty of unusual features here, so how would you use them if you were to make a game for the Surface? Would you make a game that uses the Touch Cover and touchscreen simultaneously? Would you make something that relies on a classic gamepad? Perhaps you'll come up with something else entirely!

    There are plenty of options here, and it's up to you to design a game that would be a good fit for the Microsoft Surface. Use as little or as many of the device's features as you like. For more information on what the tablet will offer, visit the device's official web page .

    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: Microsoft Surface." 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, July 18

    Results will be posted Tuesday, July 24

    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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