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  • Game Design Challenge: The Magic Of Television

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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 based on one of your favorite TV shows.

    Assignment Details

    Since nearly the dawn of the industry, licensed titles have been a major part of the video game business. From the infamous ET on Atari to modern games like Batman: Arkham City, developers have used licensed properties to promote their games and (hopefully) appeal to a legion of existing fans.

    We've seen games based on movies, books, musicians, and much more, and while licensed games occasionally get a bad rap from critics, many of them are extremely memorable for their unique adaptations of other media.

    And considering the power of television in our society, TV shows have always been a major part of these video game adaptations. We've seen games based on programs such as DuckTales, The Simpsons, professional wrestling, and much more. the most successful of these titles do a great job of capturing the essence of these programs, and let a player feel like they're taking part in one of their favorite shows.

    Fresh Prince
    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a hit television show that (tragically) never
    had its own video game.

    In this latest Game Design Challenge, we're giving you a chance to design a new game based on one of your favorite television shows. You can choose any genre or program you like, as long as you find a way to reinterpret that program and turn it into an engaging, interactive game.

    And of course, feel free to get creative! Many licensed titles are based on popular genres like platformers or third-person shooters, and while these are certainly viable options, we encourage you to try something new! Perhaps your TV show of choice will inspire some new design ideas that you might not have explored otherwise.

    Good luck, and we look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

    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: The Magic Of Television." 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, September 19

    Results will be posted Tuesday, September 25

    [Update: This post originally said entries were due by November. You'll find the correct dates above -- sorry for the confusion!]

    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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