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Introduction to Game Design

Game Design: Art and Concepts,

Welcome! This course is an introduction to the primary concepts of gaming, and an exploration of how these basic concepts affect the way gamers interact with our games. In this course you will understand what defines a “game” and the mechanics and rules behind different types of games. Through four linked assignments you'll learn ways to create and describe a game concept, and specifically what makes a compelling game. This course focuses on the conceptual underpinnings of games, and all assignments can be completed with a pencil and paper – no previous programming knowledge is required.
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Rating 4.6 based on 408 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From California Institute of the Arts via Coursera
Instructor Fran Krause
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Language English
Subjects Programming Art & Design Humanities
Tags Computer Science Design And Product Arts And Humanities Music And Art Software Development

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peer review

Grading suffered a bit from the peer review system, so maybe not make 100% of the course grade depend on peer feedback.

But above all, receiving peer reviews to improve on the ideas, and also trying out the games of other peers is the best part of the learning experience, in my opinion.

Comments from the peer reviews are helpful.

There were a few problems with the app interface especially in the peer review section but a great introduction really enjoyed it.

The peer reviewed assignments are a great feature -very insightful comments and suggestions!

A good course, with the using of peer review as an instrument of continuous confrontation, but lacks support from the staff.

I enjoyed the lectures and found the peer reviews very helpful.

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easy to understand

Easy to understand, and detailed introduction.

Thanks for making this a fun and easy to understand introductory course!

Fran is a likable teacher, and his videos were engaging and easy to understand.

The material was delivered in a fun and easy to understand manner.

:) Clear, easy to understand, very helpful.

Awesome course, informative and easy to understand, thank you Very good to get started with a game.

entertaining Easy to understand and very fluent introduction into the world of game design.

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peer feedback

It challenges you to keep reviewing your initial ideas and use peer feedback to improve the design.

A tip I found is submit your assignment early to get really helpful peer feedback.

This is a great course due to the well designed and produced videos, peer feedback feature and structure of the course.

The peer feedback was important.

Also, the peer feedback was useful and pushed me to be clear about my game rules, which was definitely a task.

Great course, learnt a lot, especially from the assignments and peer feedback.

As much as valuable and important peer feedback is, I think it doesn't replace an expert's evaluation.

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for beginners

Suitable for beginners.But most of the contents are rather too intuitive.

good enough for beginners,and the puppet is funny.

i really want to start with actually making a computer game not a paper game A great course for beginners.

Great content, perfect level for beginners with a wide scope that can apply to all sorts of games.

Great for beginners, it would have bee better if it could contain checklist for tasks like GDD, and other design docs etc.

The teacher was very engaging and the homework, while basic enough for beginners, was challenging enough to keep things interesting.

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so much

I love this course best introduction and good lectures Amazing teacher, amazing content, it's so so much good Nice!!!

Thank you so much.

)My only complaint is that the homework is fairly restrictive (only one-page game per week, which means there's only so much you can do) but I do appreciate the fact that it simplifies things and if anything, it pushes you to be even more creative, beyond the typical "board game".

This class was so much fun.

It really taught me a lot about the basic fundamentals of game design and I learned so much from it in a fun and easy way.

I'm enjoying the classes so much, all easy to get and actually fun.The assignments are great too.

So much fun and great for beginners through advanced gamers.

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about game design

Good course.We can get ideas about game design.

<BeSt CoUrSe EvEr TaKeN > this course open my mind about the creative thinking about game design I really liked that course!

Basic introduction, if you don't know anything about game design this is your chance!

Teach me some new things about game design and they stimulated my creativity.Thanks Good course!

I've actually read about Game Design in my spare time and it was nice to remember some of the concepts I've seen.

This was my first course on COURSERA and first course about game design.

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Rating 4.6 based on 408 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From California Institute of the Arts via Coursera
Instructor Fran Krause
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming Art & Design Humanities
Tags Computer Science Design And Product Arts And Humanities Music And Art Software Development

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