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  • Game Design Challenge: Crossing Over

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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.

    The Challenge

    Design a game that mixes together two fictional universes.

    Assignment Details

    Just last week, some big news hit the entertainment industry. Disney acquired Lucasfilm for some $4 billion, making the multimedia giant the new owner of the popular Star Wars franchise. Ever since, the internet has been abuzz with speculation about how Disney will use this popular license.

    Many fans are wondering how -- or if -- Disney will use its franchise in conduction with its other properties. Will we see Star Wars characters appear in Kingdom Hearts? Could we see Jedi somehow cross paths with the Avengers? Maybe we'll see Darth Vader team up with Jafar and Captain Hook?

    By combining Disney with Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts explores some
    particularly weird cross-overs.

    Okay, so maybe some of those ideas are pretty out there, but fans tend to love it when two major franchises cross paths. Look at games like Marvel vs. Capcom or the aforementioned Kingdom Hearts. These cross-over games find a way to take two dissonant universes and franchises and mix them together into something special. Like chocolate and peanut butter, sometimes two great things are even better when they're side-by-side.

    This very idea lies at the core of our latest Game Design Challenge. Your task is simple: Take two existing franchises, and design a game that mixes the two together. You can use video game franchises, movies, comics, or anything else you like -- the trick is creating a game that captures the essence of those two properties.

    Given its success, Marvel vs. Capcom is a great example of a cross-over done right.

    When creating your game, try to create something that accurately reflects the strengths of your source material. Everything else is up to you -- just aim to blend two different universes into one collective whole.

    Good luck, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

    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 with the subject line "Design Challenge: Crossing Over." 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 21

    Results will be posted Tuesday, November 27

    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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