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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 Felipe S L

Dec 4, 2015

Really nice course, including the hands-on exercises!

By Adel E

Apr 21, 2020

Fun course , lots of information, funny instructors.

By 彭芊

Aug 18, 2016


By Phạm T

May 18, 2016

Great! I like this course. I hope I will complete it

By sugam m

Mar 19, 2019

Good start to understand the game mechanics. Thanks

By Joshua P

Nov 14, 2016

I love this course! It is both funny & educational!

By Danilo P

Mar 30, 2016

Excelente curso para aprender a crear video juegos.

By José D

Jan 21, 2016

Great course and available for students all levels.

By Shirley Z

May 28, 2022

T​he course is interesting and easy to start with

By Derek C

Jul 26, 2017

Well crafted and hight entertainment educational.

By Gabriel G

Mar 25, 2022

increible, aprendi un poco de todo lo general :)

By Jeronimo R

Jun 5, 2021

It was very fun and easy to understand, 5 stars!

By Zachary M

May 27, 2021

I hope this helps me get a job at a game company

By Aman C

Aug 23, 2020

Great course for beginner. Loved the instructor!

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 Wayne

Jun 6, 2020

I experienced the first principles in the game.

By Abdullah m a

Jun 26, 2022

one great teacher! thank you ! i learned a lot

By Himanshu C

Oct 13, 2020

Good place to start learning about game Design

By Deleted A

Dec 9, 2015

This was a really creative course! I liked it!

By Nicolas T L

May 11, 2020

Nice course introduction to a super deep term

By Deborah S

Aug 24, 2017

very kind, informative and inspiring teacher

By Mariana Z

Jan 26, 2022

Nice start for the beginning of Game Design

By Jayasooriya A V I j

Jan 25, 2022

Great foundation for kickstart the subject.

By GaneshVenkatBtthula

Apr 1, 2020

this course was really amazing and helpful