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  • Game Design Challenge: To The Skies

    - 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 that features flight as a core mechanic.

    Assignment Details

    From the ancient legends of Icarus to Leonardo da Vinci's earliest designs for flying machines, mankind has been enamored with the idea of flight since the earliest days of civilization. While commercial airlines make flight trivial nowadays, some people still desire to take to the skies on their own terms. Likewise, PC and arcade flight sims are now incredibly sophisticated, but there's more than one way to fly, and not all games about flight need to be simulators.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game that features flight as a core mechanic.

    When drafting your entry, make sure that your gameplay focuses on aerial movement. Try to explore beyond pure flight simulation, and feel free to get creative! Some ideas for entries include a virtual birdman competition, an AR flight app featuring customizable RC planes, or a gesture-based game in which players compete to build the best paper airplane. 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: To The Skies." 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, November 22.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, November 28.

    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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