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  • Game Design Challenge: Photographic Interpretation

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  •'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, along with some commentary.

    The Challenge

    Create a game design based on the photo "SAF#2", shown below.

    Assignment Details

    Take a look at this photo and determine: What's going on here? Why? Then turn that into a concept for a game.

    While you can concentrate on what's literally going on here, it might be more fun to create a fully original scenario and world in which this action is taking place, with your own, original reasons for those circumstances.

    You can even edit the photo and incorporate the edited version into your submission.

    Whatever you decide, it's up to you to pick a genre and game concept and roll with it.

    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: Photographic Interpretation." 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, November 4, 2009.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

    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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