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  • Game Design Challenge: Take This Job and Play It

    - 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 based on a real-world profession.

    Assignment Details

    Given the recent deluge of simulators focused on specific occupations (including Euro Truck Simulator 2, Farming Simulator 14, and Warehouse and Logistics Simulator), there is high demand for games in which players get to "work" at a job they normally wouldn't get to experience. This isn't unusual; video games are rooted in scenarios that players can't experience in real life, from fending off alien invasions to simulating geo-political conflict. Career simulation is a natural extension of the medium.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game based on a real-world occupation.

    Your game can be realistic or outrageous (or both!), but it must accurately reflect the experience and reality of a simulated career. You could create a game based on the in-office politics of working as an HR manager, or a plumbing-based simulator in which you have to fix toilets while also making sure your customers pay you for your work. As long as the job is a real one, your entry is eligible -- for example, a fictional job like "Dragon Tamer" is off-limits, but you might instead design a pet-grooming game in which customers bring in unusual animals. Good luck!

    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: Take This Job and Play It" 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, March 19.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, March 25.

    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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