The initiative GDD-OMEN is a competition aimed at both U-tad students and young people in general between 16 and 25 years old. Its objective is to promote creative talent in the development of new video games that integrate the main gaming trends that have emerged as a result of the pandemic and that have been collected in the “Understanding Gamers” study, carried out by HP between the months of September and October 2021 in more than 13 countries.
The goal of HP was to understand the impact that COVID-19 had had on the gambling habits of consumers >, as well as delve into the stereotypes and the perceptions that players and audiences have about gaming that are not usually so. As a result, these 4 main factors were identified:
- Collaborative: the ability to connect with other people through a training activity as video games have become more important as a result of the pandemic than the game itself.
- Intergenerational: video games are one of the two main activities that players do with their families (2 out of 3). This factor is significantly higher in Spain, France and Indonesia; countries in which the impulse of family union appears very marked as a reason for grandparents, parents and children to enjoy together.
- Social: Most of the users who started playing in 2020 pointed to the factor of “socialization” through gaming as the main driver when choosing this type of electronic entertainment.
- Educational: Another of the great drivers for gamers is to play to learn and improve their skills. They consider that many of the abilities that games require (agility, concentration, intuition, etc.) can be applied in many other facets of their lives.
Do you have a video game in mind? Express your idea in a GDD (Game Design Document) and participate!
These 4 factors must be taken into account by the participants in the GDD-OMEN initiative when present your project. Applicants must submit a GDD (Game Design Document), a design document containing all the conceptual bases of their game, such as aesthetics, the setting, the levels, its mechanics, etc.
The action will start next February 9, at 6:00 p.m., through an online event organized by OMEN and U-tad, which will feature the participation of Mayichi (one of today’s most influential gaming streamers) and Francisco Javier Soler” Maki”, director of video game projects at U-tad.
Soler will explain attendees in more detail how to make a good GDD, while Mayichi, based on the data of the e studio “Understanding Gamers”, will contribute their vision about the future in the design of videogames, and how the participants in the contest should take into account the part referring to the eSports, as well as the importance of the viewer also enjoying watching the game.
Once the event is held, the participants will have 2 weeks to submit their GDD. They simply have to go to this page, fill out the registration form and download a PDF with a detailed guide on what they must design to participate.
The GDD Initiative -OMEN will recognize the work of two winners: one in the U-tad student category and the other for young people between the ages of 16 and 25, who will be will award a state-of-the-art OMEN 16 gaming laptop and an OMEN accessory set consisting of an OMEN Vector mouse and Mindframe headset.
Do you have Already clear the idea of ??how your game will be? Well, don’t hesitate to register for the masterclass and the contest. Simply enter this page, fill in the form with your data and you will receive the instructions to attend and to fill out the GDD.