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Foundations of Game Design 1a: Introduction

Foundations of Game Design 1a: Introduction


Does your love of video games motivate you to pursue a career in this field? Pursue your passion by learning about the principles of game design through the stages of development, iterative process, critiques, and game development tools. Put these new skills to work by designing your own game!

  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create your very own videogame? Well, this unit is going to equip you with everything you need to know in order to start that process! We’ll begin with some important history to help you get a feel for the games that have succeeded and those that were big-time flops. You’ll explore gaming’s “family tree” as you learn about the different generations of games. Finally, prepare to become an expert in the common characteristics that all game systems share, as well as what sets some apart from the competition.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Describe the technological developments that contributed to the modern game industry
    • Identify and evaluate the attributes of memorable (and forgettable!) games
    • Research, compare, and categorize different game platforms and game hardware
    • Strategically start planning your own video game
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