14 January, 2008
So, this (delayed) challenge is that you need to do something clever. You can post about it if you want to show off to other people. :)
My example and a bit of explanation after the jump.
A good game designer has to have a unique way of looking at the world. This is why the most notable designers tend to be a bit, well, quirky. Will Wright, for example, learns about anything he can and tries to incorporate it into his design work if he can. He’s a great guy to talk to, but he’s someone that will “freak the mundanes” as we used to say back in the day.
So, let me give you an example. Even though I didn’t attend Project Horseshoe (yours truly in the current photo there), they did send me a neat T-shirt. It reads: “In the paperless office of the future, WHAT BEATS ROCK?” A clever little question, but I have the answer: lasers! Lasers melt rock, but scissors cut the power supply. Unfortunately, I’m not sure what hand gesture would work for this: sticking out the index finger (pewpew!) looks too much like scissors, and an unscrupulous person could change their hand sign a bit too easily. Laser also works well because it’s seen as “futuristic”, and thus answers the question nicely.
So, what’s your bit of cleverness? Post it here if you want admiration.