Course Number: 53-409
As part of the IDeATe game design concentration, the goal of this course is to prepare you for a career involving the design of computer games and other interactive experiences. Students in this course will read and write about game design, and design many games of their own. Do not mistake this for a course in computer game development. This course is focused on the rules and methods of game design, which remain fairly constant regardless of the technology used to develop a game. While technology will play a significant role in our studies, technological details will not be our focus. You will study and design games of all sorts: card games, dice games, athletic games, story games, and yes, even video games. How to design games, how to design them well, and how to see your designs to completion will be what you study here. Students not meeting the prerequisite may gain access to the course by answering questions to the course instructor. Question 1: What is your name, and what degree program are you in? Question 2: What is your current GPA? Question 3: What are three of your favorite games? What is it you like about them? Question 4: Have you ever designed any games? If so, tell me about them, and what you learned while making them. If not, why not? Question 5: What is it that you hope to accomplish as a game designer?