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  • Game Design Challenge: Heavier Rain

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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, along with some commentary.

    The Challenge

    Make a game using the Heavy Rain engine.

    Assignment Details

    Imagine that you got hired by Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream and given the task of coming up with an original game design that would fit in with the game engine the team had already created for the adventure title.

    Theme? Your choice. Story? All your own. New graphics, music, characters -- you can dream it all up. But you're not able to add any new gameplay. Use the tools that already exist, the sorts of interactions that this technology enables, and come up with an entirely new design.

    Think about how the game makes every interaction -- whether it's small and subtle (like tucking in a child at night) or big and bold (like a car chase) equally important in the context of its gameplay. Also think about how the game engine allows for seamlessly branching story choices. 

    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 [email protected] with the subject line "Design Challenge: Heavier Rain." 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, September 29

    Results will be posted Tuesday, October 5

    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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