GameCareerGuide.com'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 few weeks, 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.
Design a new concept for a horror game.
Resident Evil 5 was recently released. The series, which began in 1996, is best known for popularizing the concept of horror in games -- and creating a language of gameplay and storytelling that surrounds that concept. The series is hugely influential, and while it's gone through a number of evolutions over the years, some things never change.
We'd like to see what you can do to address that.
For the next challenge, the task is as simple as coming up with a horror game that doesn't rely on the tropes established by the Resident Evil series -- principally combat, but we'll let your imaginations run wild.
Your submission can touch on anything from the story to the core gameplay mechanics of your imagined title; try to think about what the concept of horror (and scaring the player) really means, and think about how you can approach that from a fresh angle -- or even an unconventional genre!
Though the game concept need not be cinematic, it might be worth considering how such a wide variety of films can fit into the horror genre, but what a narrow range of games seem to.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Design Challenge: Fresh Horror." Please type your answer directly in the email body.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: This submission address is new starting with this challenge, please make sure you are using the correct address!]
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, April 1st
Results will be posted Tuesday, April 7th
Disclaimer: GameCareerGuide.com is not responsible for similarities between the content submitted to the Game Design Challenge and any existing or future products or intellectual property.