Contest Time With Mister Raroo logo[We're reposting this up top, since the deadline is tomorrow. Mister Raroo is looking for the best ideas of new games for the (fictional game console) Raroo Fun System. Channel your inner game designer and come up with something nifty! Up for grabs are "tokens" for free downloads of Arkedo Series - 01 JUMP! and Arkedo Series - 02 SWAP! for XBox 360! Just remember to put fun above all else and be creative.]

A Few Quick Thoughts About Fun in Gaming

In case you haven't guessed, the Raroo Fun System is a work of my imagination. But the fact that it doesn't actually exist hasn't stopped me from thinking up plenty of silly game concepts for it! Starting with Mister Raroo's Hauntastic Voyage to Ghosty Ghost Island, I've since expanded the fictional catalog of games by creating trailers via Nintendo's amazing Flipnote Studio.

The Raroo Fun System is now home to such would-be classics as Galaxy Intruders, Police Chicken: Interrogation Specialist, and my personal favorite, Hungry Walter (he likes hamburgers!).

As the name of the system implies, the Raroo Fun System is basically my tribute to the bygone era in which games had one main purpose: fun! While I appreciate the complexity that exists in many modern games, I often miss the simple, straightforward approach to game design that was often the standard during the 1980s and early 1990s. It was during that time period in which my love for video games blossomed, so it makes sense that I have such a soft spot for video games which put an emphasis on fun above all else.

It's no surprise, then, that developer Arkedo's game-a-month series of independent titles for the XBox 360's Indie Games Channel has captured my interest.

I was already an Arkedo fan thanks to both Nervous Brickdown and Big Bang Mini for the Nintendo DS, and the developer's first two Indie games, JUMP! and SWAP!, are also right up my alley. Arkedo's games truly seem to put fun at the forefront of design, making them a perfect fit for the contest I'm about to detail!

Okay, On to the Contest!

Game Tokens!We have three "tokens" for JUMP! and three "tokens" for SWAP! to give away--that's six winners! Not bad, eh?

Here is the scoop: Pretend, if you will, that the Raroo Fun System is real. Now, imagine you are a video game developer interested in making a game for the Raroo Fun System.

Make a pitch for a game that you'd like to create for the system. Be sure to give the game a title, describe its gameplay, and present a strong case for why it's worthy of being on the Raroo Fun System. Still with me? Good! Now down to the nitty-gritty.

* The contest runs from now until 11:59 pm (PST) on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.
* Only one entry per person, please! (That's all that will be judged, anyway!)
* Submit your game pitch in the Comments field for this post.
* Include a valid e-mail address in the E-Mail field when you post your pitch (don't worry, your e-mail address won't be published on the site).
* If you're really inspired, feel free to make a screenshot or animation of your game idea and link to it. (That's not required to win, though!)
* Proper grammar and spelling won't hurt (hint, hint), so proofread!
* Our crack team of judges (well, okay, me) will review the entries and send an e-mail with the game "tokens" to the winners.
* This contest is subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. (It probably won't be... but just in case!)

The winning entries will be highlighted in an upcoming post here on GameSetWatch, so stay tuned. The legions of Raroo Fun Systems owners are depending on your creativity! Good luck! And, of course, have fun!