Individuals that are successful in the Champlain College Game Design major, and in the game industry in general, possess strong skills in creativity, communication, technical aptitude, and problem solving. As part of your application for admission into the Game Design major, Champlain College requires the completion of a game design conceptual exercise called The Game Design Challenge. This is a written, creative exercise that is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your design skills, your creativity, and your ability to communicate your ideas.
The Challenge: Using the gameplay from one of games listed below, create a new and improved experience fit for a 21stcentury game player. The modification should be creative, innovative, and clearly communicated, but the underlying gameplay should adhere to the original gameplay style. As an example, you could modify Pac-Man by changing the objectives from gobbling up dots while escaping ghosts to a game about saving money by gobbling up coins while avoiding temptation. Choose from one of these three games:
To complete this application, you will be filling out a form in SlideRoom. We suggest you copy the questions below and prepare your design in a Word document. When you are ready, copy and paste your work into the form for submission. Be thorough in your answers, but also focus on concise, clear communication.
Deconstruction and Systems Thinking — At the core of the game designer's innate abilities, similar to an artist's aesthetic talent, is the ability to deconstruct a game into its parts, and to creatively see the potential of those systems to create new player experiences. We are looking for evidence of strong systems thinking.
Creativity and Innovation — we want to see your creative mind at work, and your ability to problem solve. Consider going into new territory and themes with your game. How will you solve the problem of working with well-worn gameplay mechanics while making a truly modern gameplay experience?
Successful Communication — we want to see how well you can communicate your ideas. The writing should be your best, and your ideas well organized. After reading your submission, we should be able to understand and visualize your design.
If you would like to submit additional materials to enhance your portfolio they can be for the following purposes:
You are allowed up to five additional submissions. If you have a group of images, or other like materials, you may want to consider placing them together in a single .pdf to save space.