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  • Game Design Challenge: Rebooting The Series

    [07.22.09]
    - GameCareerGuide.com staff
  • GameCareerGuide.com'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, along with some commentary.

    The Challenge

    Reboot, reimagine, redesign your favorite game series.

    Assignment Details

    The concept of rebooting franchises has become extremely popular in the last several years. Series which were once popular, but which fell off in public interest as later installments lost the plot, have successfully been remade from scratch -- reawakening their fans, bringing in new ones, and getting closer to the core of what people always wanted from these series.

    In film, the Batman series was famously rebooted by 2005's Batman Begins, which led to the massive critical and popular success of The Dark Knight.

    In games, Tomb Raider: Legend rebooted a franchise that was once among the most popular in gaming, after 2003's dreadful Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. Now, rumors have even surfaced that the series is due yet another restart.

    More recently, the to-be-released Max Payne 3 changes drastically what that series is all about; noir traded for gangland warfare. A youthful, sarcastic hero is traded for a bitter old man.

    While the success of these reboots has been various, and their necessity debatable, there's no doubt that it's a prime trend.

    What would you do, if you were given the power? What series would you reimagine? That's what we're asking. Take an existing game series -- it would be best to choose one that's flagging in quality or popularity, though that's not expressly required -- and re-envision it your own way.

    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 gamedesignchallenge@gamecareerguide.com with the subject line "Design Challenge: Rebooting The Series." 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, August 5

    Results will be posted Tuesday, August 11

    Disclaimer: GameCareerGuide.com 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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