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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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Apr 12, 2020

I really loved doing this course. Learnt how to make a simple game and make it really interesting! I loved how the easily the instructor was able to teach us and make us curious throughout the course.


Feb 12, 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.

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By Clio M

May 28, 2021

A wonderful course that goes over some very important structural concepts!

By Daniel H S K

Apr 29, 2021

Muy buen curso, en español estría genial, pero es buenisimo de todas formas

By Damanpreet S L

Jul 2, 2016

It was extremely helpful in giving the basic idea of creating a video game

By Cem B Y

Jul 20, 2022

If you wanna learn game design from beginning this course is just for that

By Brandon W

Sep 7, 2021

Fun, simple, and engaging. Good professor, easy-to-follow video lectures.

By Ashwin V M

Jul 14, 2020

It was great fun to be here, awesome teacher. Thanks, Coursera and CalArts

By İrem S

Apr 2, 2020

it was really fun and great way of teaching loved the teacher to the max !

By Chris Y

Jul 13, 2017

Very strong foundation as an introductory course to any Game Design Class.

By Zoltán F

Dec 18, 2015

Interesting and playful journey through the first steps of game making. :)

By Ticiana V

Mar 28, 2022

This is an excellent introduction to the world of how games are designed.

By Махаури Х М

Mar 27, 2019

I liked this course a lot. Thank you for letting me study the GameDesign!

By Zacks

Nov 24, 2015

Interesting course. I've learnt a lot and met a lot of interesting games.


Jul 7, 2020

the course is very helpful

the host presentation was the best ,

thank you

By Sergio F R

Mar 9, 2020

Nivel introductorio pero muy interesante para tener un panorama del tema

By Karim

Feb 17, 2018

Very informative, productive and fun at the same time, well time spent !

By Thulio I

Jan 4, 2016

Well done. I learned a lot with this. Simple and complex at same time :)

By Pablo S P

Jan 3, 2016

Amazing course, very enjoyable and useful! Frank is a great teacher!! :)

By Paula

Jun 2, 2022

Perfect as an introduction course.

Perfecto como un curso introductorio.

By Franco A G C

Apr 7, 2022

It´s a good class for basics concepts to learn how to create videogames

By Alan E

Sep 3, 2017

Great material. I'll be enrolling in the next MOOCs soon. Thanks a lot!

By Moisés P

Sep 9, 2016

Great course, I have learned a lot and is really useful for references.

By Alexandros I

Jun 11, 2016

The whole process was fun and challenging. I really liked the approach!

By Ilya S

Oct 14, 2015

It's real cool and useful!

Thanks a lot Fran and your fluffy friend too!

By Clarise L

Aug 1, 2021

nice course, goes over basics and fundamentals for quite a few things.

By asfan

Dec 12, 2016

this course open my mind about the creative thinking about game design