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YourGame jump start -- What do you want to do next week?

We learn by following instructions and examples from others and we learn by trying things on our own. In this activity you will start planning for a game that you will create on our own.

Turn In: YourGame word processing document with the name and description of a game that you will create

Start a word processing document that you will be using to document things related to a game that you will create on your own.

Ideas

To begin with, start brainstorming ideas for the type of game you want to create. This may be very quick for you or this may take some time. If you are not sure, write down ideas that you have so that you can review them and add to them. When you brainstorm, there are no wrong answers, you are just collecting ideas.

You can choose an existing game that you have been working on or you can start from scratch. You can base your game off of one or more games that you like to play or come up with a completely different game that no one has seen before.

Talk with friends or family and see what kind of a game they think would be good for you to create. Check on-line to see what kind of games are popular or what kind of games people would like to see created.

Choose something that incorporate your interests, things you like, or things you spend time on. Is there a game that a teacher, family member, or someone else you know would really like created?

Hopefully at this point in reading, thinking, and brainstorming, you have some good ideas. If not, move on to a different activity for a little bit of time then come back to this.

If after going through those suggestions, you still do not have an idea for the game you will create then ask your instructor for assistance.

Expectations

The game that you will be creating should be a good quality game that provides an experience that people will want to and be able to play for a reasonable amount of time.

The game concept should be such that it can continue to be expanded on for sometime if you or someone else wants to continue to expand it. It should be simple enough that in the time you have available to work on this game, you will be able to have a usable game.

You have enough background information and experience creating games at that point and will be given sufficient time to produce a completely developed game. In order to do that, you need to select a game idea that is suitable.

Name and Description

Your word processing document should contain the name of the game that you are going to create and then a description of the game. The description should provide details of how the game will work and what it will look like. Details will include how points are scored, how the game (or levels in the game) are won, and how you lose the game. Any thing unique or specific to your type of game should be included in the description of your game.

When someone reads your game's name and description, they should have a good mental picture of what the game would look like and how in general the game works. The more specific details of your game will come as you work through the next activities in creating your game.


Copyright © 2021 Eric Schumm. Permission granted to freely use this in your classroom.