Size ’em Up!
Is your game feasible? Are there similar game concepts already out there?
We’re going to start you off nice and easy with some fun game research. It’s time to take a look at what games are already available, to make sure you’re not recreating a game that already exists.
Before jumping head first into designing a game we must look at the market; what’s already out there? Has the problem you’re trying to solve already been identified?, and if so, has it been solved by a game, or is there a gap in the market for your game concept to flourish? Maybe your idea is a twist on an existing game? That’s completely fine, you just need to make that clear from the get go.
Share your findings!
These are all important questions, so take some time to search online and in stores for games that either challenge your problem or a problem similar to the one you’re trying to solve. Share links to the games you find with a short description of what they’re all about, that way your research will also benefit others within the Game Changers online community using the hashtag #GCconcept. Share and share alike. There’s always a chance someone else will post a game that inspires you to create fantastic new idea!
Start a blog
It’s time to introduce yourselves to the community! Start a brand new blog and kick it off with a short sharp introduction to share with the GC community. This is the perfect way to start a design diary, which you can use to document your progress, thoughts, and ideas throughout the Game Changers programme. If you’re taking part in the programme as a team, then your blog can be a group effort, it’s entirely up to you!
We are big believers in open education and open resources. After all, this is the basis for the entire Game Changers concept. With that in mind, start your blog with an open publishing platform of your choice. If you’re not sure what an open publishing platform is, or would like some advice on a good platform to use, check out our Open Tools for more information.