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  • Game Design Challenge: 15 Disks

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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

    Create 15 tiny games for 15 disks.

    Assignment Details

    3.5 inch floppy disks. Once the predominant storage medium for games on PC platforms of the '80s and '90s, they're now decaying curiosities. There's a chance you've never even seen one in person.

    This is what they look(ed) like:

    These discs, at the absolute height of the technology, could hold 1.44 MB of data. Before the advent of CD-ROM, PC games shipped on stacks of these.

    But many games, before then, shipped on a single disk.

    What could you do with 1.44 MB of data? What kind of game would you make? More importantly, could you think of 15 games to fill the 15 disks in this stack?

    That's your task: come up with 15 simple game concepts, doable on the computers of the day that had drives like these -- the Amiga, the old Macintosh, the IBM PC and compatibles, in the DOS days. Back in the days when a game would fit on a single disk, what kinds of ideas worked?

    No need to elaborate beyond a basic concept -- a sentence or three. The best collection of games takes the contest this time around.

    This is a wide open challenge. Have fun with it.

    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: 15 Disks." 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, October 20

    Results will be posted Tuesday, October 26

    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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