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  • Game Design Challenge: I Need A Hero

    - 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 superheroic mechanics.

    Assignment Details

    With Avengers: Endgame setting new box office records, it's clear that superheroes play a critical role across multiple major entertainment industries. And while Marvel's cinematic universe has no shortage of memorable stars with incredible stories to tell, superpowered characters also make for ideal video game protagonists.

    2018's Spider-Man revolves around Peter Parker's superheroic abilities, and his powers take center stage in nearly every aspect of gameplay, from traversal to combat. Fighting game franchises like Marvel vs Capcom and Injustice also populate their rosters with superpowered heroes and villains, while Sony's Infamous series and Activision's Prototype games introduce original superheroes that pay tribute to their comic book predecessors.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game that features superheroic mechanics.

    Your design may explore any genre, and your game can star either a pre-existing character or an original superhero of your own creation. Character details and origin stories are optional - your entry should focus on how players will use superpowers to interact with your game's world in creative and fun ways. Some sample ideas include an infinite runner in which speedy superheroes compete to track down villains, a stealth game where you can use your shapeshifting powers to access restricted areas, or a detective game where players use X-ray vision to seek out clues and solve crimes. Have fun!

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask your instructors and fellow students for input. When your submission is complete, send it to [email protected] with the subject line "Game Design Challenge: I Need A Hero" 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, May 22.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, May 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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