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  • Results from Game Design Challenge: Merry Christmas!

    - staff
  • A handful of video games have attempted to capture the spirit of Christmas over the years. The 16-bit platformer Daze Before Christmas is a particularly strange highlight; it saw Santa Claus attempting to save Christmas from the clutches of an elf-enslaving snowman. Notably, Santa could transform into the invincible (and somewhat frightening) "Anti-Claus" by gulping down a cup of coffee. It may not have been entirely within the spirit of the holiday, but it was a memorable experience nonetheless.

    Some Christmas-themed titles tackle unexpected genres, like the popular Elf Bowling series and the indie-made Metal Gear Solid spoof Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa. Other efforts aren't nearly as imaginative. We Wish You a Merry Christmas for the Nintendo Wii is a barebones minigame compilation, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer does little to capture the essence of the classic Rankin/Bass television special.

    Game Career Guide challenged its readers to create a game that captures the spirit of the Christmas holiday. What follows are the best and most original entries we received. Here are our top picks.

    Best Entries

    Dominic Bona, Full Sail University, Xmas Tree Defender! (see page 2)

    Brian Gui, Game Student at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Reindeer Racer (see page 3)

    Andrew Mussell, Incoming MFA Candidate at Savannah College of Art & Design, Revenge of the Magi: The War On Christmas (see page 4)

    Courtney Schwark, Game Development Student at Herzing University, Reindeer Games (see page 5)

    Matthew Calhoun, Tallahassee Community College Game Design, Nutcracker (see page 6)

    Amirul Fikri, Student of Multimedia University Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Santa's Workshop (see page 7)


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