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  • Game Design Challenge: Costume Craze

    - Danny Cowan
  •'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 month, 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 about creating costumes.

    Assignment Details

    From Link's green tunic to Sonic's red sneakers, designing the right costume can be a key consideration for game developers. It can also be an important choice for players, as games such as Costume Quest and the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey offer dress-up options that have a meaningful impact on gameplay. The process of creating these costumes, however, rarely takes center stage as a gameplay mechanic.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game about creating costumes.

    Any type of gameplay or genre is fine for the sake of this contest, as long as your entry revolves around the process of creating costumes. For ideas, consider a point-and-click adventure in which a corporate spy must craft disguises to infiltrate their competitors, an idle game where you design and sell costumes in your Halloween boutique, or a platformer where players gather different accessories which can later combine into equippable armor. Let your creativity run wild for this one, and have fun!

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask questions on the forums. When your submission is complete, send it to [email protected] with the subject line "Game Design Challenge: Costume Craze." Please type your answer directly in the email body - do not submit .pdf or Word documents.

    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, October 18.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, October 24.

    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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