October 1st, 2010
Now that games are officially art, we can think of games as windows into our culture, just like film and music are windows into our culture. An anthropologist thousands of years from now can go to the floating public library in the sky and load up “video games from 2010″ on the microfiche and learn all about our culture way back in 2010. And they would learn that thousands of years ago, there used to be TWO genders, BOYS and GIRLS, instead of the green glowing orb of energy that everyone is now, and that according to “game designers” back then, boys and girls both had a lot in common! They both had arms and legs and inability to communicate with the other, but they were also really different! Games made for boys indicated that boys liked stealing cars and murdering and being lonely, and girls liked being pretty, and making themselves sad because they will never be a princess.
With that in mind, your challenge this month is different depending who you are:
- Boys: Make a game for girls.
- Girls: Make a game for boys.
- Other/Green glowing orb: Surprise everyone!
If you need inspiration, read about how Pac-Man was created over on Eurogamer. And consider this our official request to inspire more folks other than boys to make games, in a classic friendly battle of boys vs. girls vs. other. Good luck!