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  • Game Design Challenge: Snow Business

    - 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 snow-themed game.

    Assignment Details

    As another cold winter descends on the northern hemisphere, so does the season's constant companion: snow, and lots of it. This polar precipitation provides a beautiful blanket of white that's both gorgeous to look at and a pain to clear out of your driveway. While snowy landscapes have been popular settings for games, a select few titles revolve around using or engaging with snow itself. The 1990 platformer Snow Bros involves the titular characters creating snowballs to destroy enemies, while the C64 game The Snowman challenges players to build a snowman while avoiding anything that could melt their icy pal.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a snow-themed game.

    You may explore any genre you wish, as long as your mechanics involve players interacting with snow. Some sample ideas include a multiplayer snow-plowing simulator where you compete against your friends to see who can clear the roads the fastest, a platformer starring a snowman that increases in size as snowfall accumulates, or an FPS where you pelt your enemies with freshly-packed snowballs. Stay warm, and have fun!

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask your instructors and fellow students for input. When your submission is complete, send it to [email protected] with the subject line "Game Design Challenge: Snow Business." 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, December 18.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, December 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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