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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 Jandson D d S

May 1, 2017

Great teacher, I've had a lot of fun doing the assignments!

By Vikas V

Jun 26, 2016

Nicely explained course. Very helpful. Thank you, Coursera!

By Kenneth I

Mar 31, 2020

Im 11 years old I passed,the teacher explained really well

By Ahmed M

Apr 25, 2017

great intro to game design , the materials was so much fun

By Emil E

Jan 8, 2017

Very good course, very nice and clear explanations. 10/10

By Benák Á

Jun 15, 2020

Interesting, funny course with a lot of new information.

By justin R A

Oct 8, 2020

Awesome course, very interesting and easy to understand

By Andong Z

Jun 1, 2019

Love this class! A perfect kickstart for game newbies..


Apr 18, 2017

Excelente course. Great Teacher. i recommend to anyone.

By Gonzalo M

Dec 7, 2015

Great Introduction to the subject. Entertaining videos.

By Sudharsan R

Aug 5, 2017

I love this course best introduction and good lectures

By Muhammad A

Jul 31, 2017

Amazing teacher, amazing content, it's so so much good

By Anas s

Nov 18, 2015

Awesome course, Great instructor, And Fun assignments.

By Juan C L R

Apr 3, 2019

It is an excellent introduction to be a game designer

By Irvin O

Mar 9, 2016

Excellent course, for easy understanding and concise.

By Antonio B M

Dec 24, 2015

Very funny and simple, I enjoy all video and homework

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 Derek C

Jul 26, 2017

Well crafted and hight entertainment educational.