Introduction to Game Design

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We have all played and enjoyed games, but how do people actually design them? How do you describe a game? What are the basic elements? How do designers create an experience for the player? What about prototyping and iterating?

This course explores these questions and others through six content units over seven weeks. Participants will be introduced to game design and game design concepts, emphasizing the basic tools of game design: paper and digital prototyping, design iteration, and user testing. The audience for this course includes current and aspiring game designers and those interested in delving deeply into the game creation process.

For the course project, participants will create either a digital game or a board game. This course leverages Gameblox, a game editor that uses a block based programming language to allow anyone to create games. 

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6/10 starsTaking Now
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5 years ago
MIT's Introduction to Game Design on edX is a course about crafting games with a focus on video games. I don't normally write course reviews until all the course content is available, but I feel compelled to write this review early (after the 3rd week of 6) because the course is diverging from my expectations so I may not finish it. I love to play board games and have designed a few board/card games in the past that never really got off the ground. I signed up for this course with the hope that it might help me improve a game I'm working on. The course description and promo video suggest that it would mainly focus on general game mechanics, prototyping and play testing, with little to no mention of video games outside of some digital prototyping. The first 3 weeks give some attention to both board games and video games, but the course is focusing more and more on video games with each successive week. The majority of guest spea... MIT's Introduction to Game Design on edX is a course about crafting games with a focus on video games. I don't normally write course reviews until all the course content is available, but I feel compelled to write this review early (after the 3rd week of 6) because the course is diverging from my expectations so I may not finish it. I love to play board games and have designed a few board/card games in the past that never really got off the ground. I signed up for this course with the hope that it might help me improve a game I'm working on. The course description and promo video suggest that it would mainly focus on general game mechanics, prototyping and play testing, with little to no mention of video games outside of some digital prototyping. The first 3 weeks give some attention to both board games and video games, but the course is focusing more and more on video games with each successive week. The majority of guest speaker time and homework project time is devoted to digital games. The final 3 weeks cover digital prototyping, user interfaces and the business of games, which are likely to be heavily skewed toward video games over board games. Intro to game design has good content and for someone interested in making digital games, it would probably be a great course. Its main failing is that it didn't make it clear ahead of time that the focus of the course was going to be digital games. As it stands now, the course tries to split time and assignments between board and video games, which is not ideal. There are sections that are useful for board game designers here and there but it is getting difficult to weed through all the video-game oriented content. The course would be better split into 2 courses, one for board/card game design and one for digital game design.
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2 years, 1 month ago
What will be the basic requirement to take this course? Do I need to have knowledge on any programming language? Please answer. Regards,
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4 years ago
Great course, very fun. Both board and computer games are covered. There is theoretical content of high quality, but the best of the course is the laboratory activity, focused on prototyping and testing. A lot of interesting interviews with games related startups. To complete the activity it is possible to follow only the boardgame or only the computergame path in the labs, but making them both is twice the fun :)
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adheip Xavier

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3 years, 4 months ago
I need to study game designing only in Saturday and sunday.i need to how to learn this how do you teach us through
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