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  • Game Design Challenge: Leap Motion

    - Danny Cowan
  •'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 month, 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 Leap Motion peripheral.

    Assignment Details

    Motion-controlled gaming has made numerous strides over the last few years, and the Leap Motion peripheral opens up new possibilities within the space. By waving their hands over a small desktop sensor, players can engage with PC games in new and unique ways, enhancing immersion and adding an element of novelty to supported games.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game for the Leap Motion accessory.

    Consider the Leap Motion's capabilities when drafting your entry; the device is able to track a player's hands and all 10 fingers with very low latency. Look at Leap Motion-specific games like Blue Estate and Double Fine's Dropchord for inspiration, and consider what types of in-game interactions would be especially well-suited for 3D gesture control. Be creative, and don't be afraid to explore unconventional genres in your entry.

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask questions on the forums. When your submission is complete, send it to with the subject line "Game Design Challenge: Leap Motion" Please type your answer directly in the email body -- do not submit .pdf or Word documents.

    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, December 18.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, December 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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