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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 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

By Tiago L M R

Oct 26, 2015

Fun teacher to watch, making video lessons never boring and enjoyable.

By Gabriela F G Q

Apr 17, 2022

Es bastante dinamica la forma como da a ententender el curso, genial!

By Balkis C D T

Dec 16, 2019

It is super fun and full of useful information. THANK YOU SO MUCH! <3

By Natalia K

Dec 29, 2016

Very informative and well-structured. Easy-to follow and enjoyable :)

By Lin J

Mar 20, 2016

Very good course and the lecturer video is well made and interesting!

By victor m v r

Sep 16, 2021

gracias a la introduccion del game design aprendi nuevas habilidades

By Caitlin T

May 28, 2019

It's awesome, Mr. Krause is great and I'm thoroughly enjoying myself

By Ethan S A R

Apr 25, 2021

It was a fun course, all the topics were simple and understandable.

By Sudareva E

Jul 28, 2020

Thank our tutor! I love this course so much!!! Thank you, thank you

By Natalia T

May 17, 2020

AWESOME TEACHER AND CURRICULUM. He made it really fun and engaging.

By Bao T

Aug 6, 2018

Amazing for anyone who is starting out on the road to making a game

By Dayana M P E

Sep 26, 2021

Excelente curso, aprendes mucho y de manera muy simple y dinámica.

By Chavez G M

Aug 3, 2021

Es un curso divertido a introductorio al mundo de los videojuegos.

By Patrick L

Oct 2, 2016

Really a very nice course, informative, clear, concise, and fun :)

By Zhanna D

Oct 29, 2015

Adorable course!!! I have so much fun!!

Thank you for creating it.

By Zayar A

Jul 3, 2021

​A great course that explores the basic concepts of game design.

By Glaucio J M d C

Aug 20, 2019

Cool discipline for the ones that are starting on game world :-)

By Edgar D B R

Dec 28, 2016

A great course that introducts you to game design in a fun way.

By Anna K

Feb 12, 2016

A great course more about practice which is the most important!

By Ahmad A

Oct 8, 2015

To become game designer, I must enroll and learn about this (y)