MEET THE VIDEO GAMES THAT DON’T EXIST DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
What’s better than soaking in a bright summer day, frolicking under the sun’s golden rays, rolling in the fresh green grass, licking popsicles seaside, and skipping along the beach like a giddy little child without a care in the world? Hunkering down in the dark dank basement to play video games, that’s what. We knew a whole bunch of you are on par with us here, so when we powered up the Video Games That Don’t Exist design challenge, we knew we’d get some real winners. Turns out there a bajillion amazing video games yet to be invented, yet, for this challenge, there is one true champ: Nate Christenson of Roseville, MN, for his design “The Floor is Lava”. Read on to learn more about the artist and his winning design, then try to get out and enjoy the last days of warmth, dangit!
Congrats on your winning design, “The Floor is Lava”, for our Video Games That Don’t Exist design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in China and recently moved to Minnesota to attend Bethel University as an art major. I’m hoping to get a job as an animator or an illustrator for children’s books. It would also be pretty awesome to move to Chicago and work for Threadless.
What drew you to this challenge? Are you a big video game fan yourself?
I love playing video games with my friends and have also worked on a few small scale video games myself. This challenge was a perfect way to come up with a concept for an awesome game without actually having to create it.
How did you come up with the awesome idea to create a video game based on the “lava game” a jillion of us played when we were kids?
I wanted to come up with a concept that a lot of people could relate to, so I talked with some of my friends and found out that this game is a classic for many of us.
Once you came up with the general idea, how did you decide exactly how to execute the concept in a design?
Since all the average, unimaginative adult sees is a kid jumping across furniture, I wanted to show what it is really like from the perspective of the kid. To do this, I chose to create a dramatic piece of old video game cover art to illustrate how dangerous this game really is.
Tell us a bit about the process of creating this design. Feel free to share WIP pics if possible!
I like to start all my ideas for Threadless designs in my trusty moleskin that I carry around with me all the time. I sketched this one while I was waiting in IKEA, which was the perfect setting since there was plenty of furniture on display to hop around on in case I got really inspired.
What are the official rules for “The Floor Is Lava” video game?
What happens if the unthinkable occurs: your player touches the lava?
The video game will self destruct and melt your gaming system.
Approximately how many hours did you spend playing “The Floor Is Lava” (non-video game version) as a kid?
All day everyday two days a week.
What’s your favorite video game of all time - that already exists?
That would have to be Super Smash Brothers Melee for the GameCube.
Any other shout-outs?
Thank you Threadless for making a dream of mine come true. I feel honored to be a part of something as epic as this.