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About the Course

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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Feb 13, 2020

The lecture videos from Professor Fran and his old friend were surprisingly entertaining. Kudos to the team because they were able to make it fun, informative, and engaging throughout the four weeks.


Dec 06, 2015

This course inspire me a lot. It is not easy, but with tons of fun. I spent a long time to think out the idea and make it and improve it. I did progress in gaming making as a fresh man. Thank you!

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By Derek C

Jul 27, 2017

Well crafted and hight entertainment educational.

By Abhayjeet S

May 26, 2017

This is a well designed and easy to grasp course

By Anatoliy S

Jan 21, 2016

Great beginning of GD specialization! Recommend!

By Deleted A

Dec 09, 2015

This was a really creative course! I liked it!

By Deborah S

Aug 24, 2017

very kind, informative and inspiring teacher

By David M

May 14, 2018

Entertaining, brings one's creativity out.

By Mohamed N

May 03, 2018

Best course for aspiring gamer designers!!

By Darren H

Oct 04, 2016

Really enjoyable, the tutor was excellent!

By Krzysztof J

Jan 06, 2016

Clear, easy to understand, very helpful.

By Kenny S F

Oct 21, 2018

Recommended for beginner in game design

By 刘科

Nov 30, 2017

I like this course, it is very vividly!

By Umair R

Aug 08, 2016

Awesome for Learning Board Game Design

By Alex Z

Dec 08, 2015

Very good to get started with a game.

By Juan A d F

Feb 20, 2018

This course is the base of the desgin

By Cassiano S R

Jan 11, 2017

Thank You, this course was very good!


Dec 23, 2019

I learn about a game design overall

By adrien o

Nov 15, 2016

Excellent material and fun course.

By Sucharita R P

Oct 06, 2015

Very well presented and explained.

By Asad U

Feb 02, 2018

WOW Course tbh. I learned a lot.

By Mikołaj K

Dec 17, 2016

Friendly, comprehensive and fun.

By Anibal G

Apr 24, 2016

Awesome course! I learned a lot!

By Marvin A

Apr 06, 2016


Recomendable al 100%

By Francisco N

Nov 08, 2015

Great course simple and engaging

By Ambrose J

Nov 04, 2016

Great Teacher, Great Feedback.

By Eli Y

Sep 05, 2016

Tnx I realy liked the puppet:)