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  • Game Design Challenge: Get Organized!

    - 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 about organizing people, places, or things.

    Assignment Details

    With spring comes spring cleaning, and with spring cleaning comes the monumental task of organizing your excess junk. Luckily, there are many ways to declutter your home, and there are plenty of books, manga, and even entire store chains dedicated to helping you stay organized.

    Organization doesn't exclusively apply to knick-knacks, however. Activists organize their communities, museum curators organize historical materials, party planners organize celebrations, and zoologists organize the animals that they care for. Certain game mechanics like Resident Evil 4's clever inventory system also manage to tap into the satisfaction that comes with proper organization.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game about organizing people, places, or things.

    All gameplay genres are eligible for this month's contest - just make sure that your entry revolves around organizing something, someone, or someplace. Some sample entry ideas include a match-three puzzle game in which a wizard organizes their magic scrolls and potions through successful matches, an RTS starring a disaster-prone city event planner who attempts to organize a festival, or a seafaring point-and-click adventure game where you need to talk your fellow sailors into a mutiny against a tyrannical ship captain. Good luck, and have fun!

    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 [email protected] with the subject line "Game Design Challenge: Get Organized!" 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, April 18.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, April 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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