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  • Game Design Challenge: Sidekick

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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

    Invent a Sidekick.

    Assignment Details

    When a series has been around for any length of time, the creators have to look for ways to keep it fresh and entertaining -- and maybe draw in new players, viewers, or readers. There's one way that has been used for years -- the sidekick.

    Adding a new sidekick to a series can liven it up and add interesting new opportunities. Take Sonic the Hedgehog 2, for example. The addition of Miles "Tails" Prower let the developers add in cooperative and competitive two player gameplay.

    On the other hand, it just might end up backfiring...

    ...So be careful.

    Take an exisiting series and add a sidekick. It doesn't matter what series. However, your sidekick should add something significant and interesting to the gameplay -- describe the new sidekick and the new gameplay in your submission. 

    Try and imagine how adding a new character to a series that has an iconic, single lead character would change it.

    And please, don't think of any new friends for Sonic. In 2009, nobody wants that. 

    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: Sidekick." 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 25

    Results will be posted Tuesday, December 1

    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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