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  • Game Design Challenge: Oculus Rift

    - 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 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 for the Oculus Rift.

    Assignment Details

    Virtual reality has been a dream for many in the video game industry, and recent technological advancements have brought this dream closer to reality. Following up on a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Oculus Rift VR headset has gained traction among a handful of adventurous developers. Many have produced original titles and VR-enhanced versions of existing games, demonstrating the device's potential for immersive gaming.

    Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge offers you a chance to join these developers as they forge a new path in the gaming landscape. Your job is to design a game for the Oculus Rift.

    When drafting your design, consider which game types are well-suited for the Oculus Rift. The device has obvious potential for first-person shooters, but take a look at the Oculus Rift's supported software and you'll find that developers are also creating VR-enhanced racing games, puzzlers, and platformers.

    After choosing a genre, try to think of mechanics that will be enhanced by the Rift's capabilities. Consider what works (and what doesn't work) when it's experienced from a first-person, head-tracking perspective, and then build your game from there.

    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: Oculus Rift" 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, June 26.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, July 2.

    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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