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  • Game Design Challenge: The End of the World As We Know 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 about rebuilding civilization after an apocalyptic event.

    Assignment Details

    Quite a few video games center around survival in a post-apocalyptic setting. The popular Fallout series is based on this concept, and countless other games involve fighting zombies and mutants in the post-apocalyptic wastes. There's more to the end of the world than fighting, though. How does society rebuild after there are no more zombies or monsters left to kill?

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game about rebuilding civilization after an apocalyptic event.

    Your game might star a trash collector working to clean the ruins of civilization, a good Samaritan making and giving away buckets of supplies to other survivors, or a crafty salesman scamming desperate people with phony products like dehydrated water. Any genre or gameplay style is acceptable, as long as your design centers around the aftermath of a catastrophic event and does not feature violence as a core mechanic. Good luck, wastelanders!

    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: The End of the World As We Know 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, January 20.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, January 26.

    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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