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  • Results from Game Design Challenge: Microsoft Surface

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  • 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!

    Game Career Guide challenged its readers to create an original game for the Microsoft Surface. What follows are the best and most original entries we received. Here are our top picks.

    Best Entries

    Huy Luu Quang, Unemployed Game Designer, Melodian (see page 2)

    Courtney A. Schwark, Game Development Student of Herzing University, Collector (see page 3)

    Greg Walls, USAF Loadmaster, Westwood College Online, Finger Tapper (see page 4)


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