The instructor was great! The way he conveyed himself in text wasn't condescending and it felt as though he was simply holding a logical conversation with you. The course was thorough in information and presented well through the form of text and non-textual forms such as games, graphs, charts, and videos. I enjoyed my experience and would definitely recommend it to others interested in getting started in this field."
I have to say this course is probably the best or one of the best Ed2go courses I've taken, and they have all been good. Thanks so much for this overview of the different aspects of game development. This might sound like total flattery, and you should be flattered, but it is also genuine enthusiasm on my part."
Unlike in previous online courses I have taken, the website was straightforward and easy to navigate, the material was presented in an appropriate manner, and at no point did I find myself either lost or confused. I ended up liking this course much more than many of my on-campus courses."
I currently teach technology enrichment programs to children, and this game development course is great, as it provides additional background for the many aspects beyond just writing some code."
This was a great course! Now that I've completed it, I can get started on a career in game development. Sure, it will take more programming education, but I've got a perfect idea of where to start. If you play video games and would really like to work with them, this is the course for you!"
This was a very informative class that left me with a feeling of understanding. The material was well organized, instructive, and comprehensive without feeling overwhelming. This class was clear in its approach and the material was presented in a way that I will continue to use this material as a reference."
The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has a slight interest in game theory. Programming is not necessary to do this class. The class focuses on the idea of designing a game without actually needing to complete it/design it but sets you up with all the information you need to design and implement your game."
I took this class as a high school teacher as an introduction to a possible new class that I will be teaching. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has a slight interest in game theory. Programming is not necessary to do this class. The class focuses on the idea of designing a game without actually needing to complete it/ design it but sets you up with all the information you need to design and implement your game."
This was one of the best courses I've taken online. The lessons were well structured and written in an approachable way. The instructor's sense of humor and pedagogical principles were excellent. Each lesson seems just the right length, and I enjoyed the short games embedded in the lessons. The assignments were practical and useful and were well coordinated with the lesson contents. The instructor was always cordial and prompt in reviewing our assignments and responding to questions. I'm so glad that I took this course with this instructor. Thank you!"
I just really wanted to thank you for putting this whole course together. The lessons were an excellent way to gain an insight into the game development world, and were formatted very well. I had been batting around the idea of going into game development and design, but really had no idea where to start or what I would be getting myself into...I really appreciate the time you gave to this course and its students."
Course Code: igd
In this first lesson, you will get an overview of the game-development industry. You will also discover what it takes to be a game developer and the wide range of opportunities available. Then you will get an overview of game genres, platforms, and audiences. You will discover how to leverage specific game-genre techniques to ensure your game is fun. You will discover the differences between game platforms and how they have an impact on you and the games you develop.
This lesson will give you and overview of game interface design. You will learn the importance of interface design decisions to your game’s success. You will discover the differences between interfaces based on game genre and gaming platform. You will learn what interface components to include in your game and how to optimize user experiences. Then you will discover why people play games and what makes them fun. You will discover key elements to include in games you develop. You will also learn the concept of game immersion, what makes games immersive, and how to create immersive game worlds.
In this lesson, you will learn about finding talented people and how to create a team to develop your game. You will discover the hardware and software requirements of game development and the budgetary requirements associated with developing your game. Then you will explore game engines and how you can use them to develop your game. You will examine several professional development environments and how they can be leveraged to your advantage.
In this lesson, you will learn to work with and lead game-development teams in person and remotely. You will discover the benefits and pitfalls of outsourcing portions of your game-development project and how to use consultants to your advantage. Then you will examine several practices and processes. You will discover the importance of testing your game’s functions and features, and learn to manage the testing process. You will also learn how to create your own game-release schema including alpha, beta, and public game releases.
In this lesson, you will explore the mobile application market to help you decide which mobile platforms you want to develop your game for. You will discover tools and techniques to develop games for mobile devices. You will learn how to distribute your mobile app. Then you will examine how to prepare your game for postproduction and how to continue working on your game after it has been distributed. You will discover how to make your game marketable.
Finally, you’ll explore the game-development industry and decide where you want to fit in. You will discover several career fields and explore the knowledge and skills each one requires. Then you will discover the opportunities and challenges in game development. You will learn how to develop a game project to include designing, developing, and publishing your game and move beyond the basics of game development.
Chad Walker is the conceptual designer and artist of several award-winning games, including “Age Of Empires, “Age of Kings,” and “Age of Conquerors.” He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts Inc. and has worked as a computer game artist, comic book illustrator, and instructor. He teaches both traditional art courses and courses in 3D modeling for computer games. Walker co-wrote the popular gaming book “Game Modeling Using Low Polygon Techniques” with his twin brother Eric. They are the co-founders of Walker Boys Studio, which produced the highly acclaimed “Civil War: War Between the States.”
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.