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Fundamentals of Game Design

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Game Design.

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About this Course


This course provides a foundation of the concepts used in good game design. We'll explore the psychology and history of games while using industry tools like game design documents and communication metheods to learn from established designers. You'll work in groups to develop a game concept and prototype for presentation and review by peers and industry professionals.

Topics include:

  • History of games and game genres
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Psychological dimensions of games
  • social game interaction, and competitive and cooperative play
  • Interface design, player objectives, rule systems and game mechanics
  • Writing narratives for games
  • Conceiving and writing a game design document

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Game Design.

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