Game Design Challenge: Speak Up!

By staff [12.28.11]'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 that uses voice recognition.

Assignment Details

With the games industry evolving so rapidly, new technologies are always opening new possibilities for game design and production. Motion control, touch screens, and other key innovations have cemented themselves as key pillars of the industry, while other technologies, like voice control, have yet to make a strong impression.

Sure, every so often we'll see games built around voice commands, such as Nintendo's Hey You, Pikachu! and Ubisoft's Endwar, but these titles are rare anomalies compared to the rest of the industry.

Hey You, Pikachu (N64, 2000)
But with technology rapidly advancing, and things like Microsoft's Kinect integrating voice commands into its interface, isn't it time to give the technology another chance? What would you do if you were to create a game built around voice control?

For this latest Game Design Challenge, design a game whose main mechanic relies on voice recognition in some way. Don't feel pressured to rely only on voice commands, however. Feel free to use gamepads, motion control, or any other input you deem appropriate. Just make sure that voice plays a key role in the overall experience.

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 [email protected] with the subject line "Design Challenge: Speak Up!" 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, January 11

Results will be posted Tuesday, January 17

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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