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Question of the month: January 2019 edition

Following on from Monday’s announcement, it’s time to kick off a new Question of the Month series for 2019 which will see the community come together in a virtual development studio. Every month we’ll be asking brave volunteers to come forward and share their ideas for a single element of a title so they can be blended together at the end of the year to create The Ultimate Video Game. Read on to find out more and how you can take part.


The development team so far:

  • Ian from Adventure Rules
  • Chris from OverThinker Y
  • Kim from Later Levels

  • The game so far:

  • January 2019:   announced below
  • February 2019:   to be revealed
  • March 2019:   to be revealed
  • April 2019:   to be revealed
  • May 2019:   to be revealed
  • June 2019:   to be revealed
  • July 2019:   to be revealed
  • August 2019:   to be revealed
  • September 2019:   to be revealed
  • October 2019:   to be revealed
  • November 2019:   to be revealed
  • December 2019:   press release for The Ultimate Video Game

  • This month’s game element:

    January’s game element is: setting and themes.

    Your ideas this month should be focused on the world that The Ultimate Video Game is going to take place in. It could be a huge, sprawling fantasy landscape full of imaginative wildlife; a gritty urban slum where everything is grey and hard; a garden in your own home town where plenty of adventures could take place. Or perhaps even a black rectangle where nothing but different-shaped blocks exist!

    If your setting doesn’t take much describing, feel free to also tell us about the themes you’d like to explore. Will you look at love, friendship, cultural or social issues? The nature of gaming itself? Or do you just want The Ultimate Video Game to be something fun? The only thing we ask is that you bear in mind the first point in the following section and stay focused on January’s element.

    The rules:

  • There’s plenty of freedom this month. The only thing we ask is that those participating are careful not to include any plot details in their answers – concentrate on only the setting and themes for now!
  • For coming elements, we’ll be asking you to ensure your answer incorporates the ideas chosen in previous months so we end up with a cohesive game.
  • There are no guidelines on word-limit or format so you can be as creative as you like: write a post, record a video, create a drawing, or impress us with another unique style.
  • Publish your idea for this month’s element on your blog or social media channels by 28 January 2019 and leave us a link in the comments below.
  • Submittals will then be discussed by the development team above, and the winner announced in a commentary post over on OverThinker Y on 31 January 2019.
  • The winning blogger will be invited to join our development team on Discord so they can help select future winners – and they’ll receive an exclusive badge to display on their site.

  • Good luck to everybody who’d like to take part this month. We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas for The Ultimate Video Game!

    Kim View All

    Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

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