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About the Course

In this course, you will examine how storytelling acts as a vital mechanism for driving video gameplay forward. Looking at several historical and contemporary games, you will be asked to evaluate and interpret different story styles with the goal of identifying themes and procedures for your own game ideas. We'll examine traditional narrative story processes, such as three-act structure, and how they fit into game story flows and the strategic elements of gameplay. Ultimately, you will learn how to define character, setting, and structure to create a compelling game concept....

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Dec 30, 2015

This is my favorite course ever. Dariush teaches in such an engaging way and it shows you how to have a creative yet objective and analyzed mindset for creating a story and narrative for a Video Game.


Nov 6, 2017

This is so helpful. It covers all the essentials of developing a good story, applicable in any form of media, then it focuses on converting the story to a game by adding interactive gameplay elements.

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By Mad T

Feb 6, 2017

Good experience to know about narrative for video games, very inspiring.

By Manar M N H

Jul 19, 2020

One of the best courses ever made , very unique professional and direct

By Isidro F E

Feb 19, 2023

Excellent course to developing writing, storytelling and game design.

By Moisés P

Sep 28, 2016

Great course. It has helped me a lot to develop the story of my game.

By Devon G

May 1, 2020

A well thought out approach to brainstorming and building narrative.

By Deleted A

Oct 5, 2019

Great course, I really learn the base to create a story for a game.

By Nancy S

Mar 21, 2016

A lot of work writing but the quality of instruction is excellent.

By Marvin A

Mar 6, 2016

Excellent course.


It will be very useful to me

By Francisco N

Nov 17, 2015

Very good course that explains the basics of videogame narrative.

By Russell T

Oct 11, 2022

Great explanation and builds on the former course really well.

By Albertus A

Apr 13, 2018

I easily learn what I need to know. The courses are all great!


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By Marcil G

Jul 14, 2016

I enjoyed it! Quite simple but still usefull and interesting.

By chathrapathi n k

Aug 6, 2020

Everything is good about this course mostly it is practical

By Anna K

Jan 22, 2019

Great opportunity to practice your creative writing skills!

By Moisés A C

Jun 7, 2021

The content of the course is quite interesting and useful.

By Rhea R

Nov 9, 2017

A lot of fun and a great way to get people's mined turning

By Дарья О

Mar 1, 2016

It very interesting and cool course, thank you very much!!

By Jonathan I V L

Aug 27, 2020

This is very useful for everyone, please don't stop it.

By Moaaz A A

May 19, 2020

loved it cuz it gave me the concepts with some tasks <3

By Cabral M

Jan 4, 2017

A great way for understanding connections with players!

By Jurita C

Jun 8, 2021

I like this course very much, I have benefited a lot.

By Gonzalo M

Oct 23, 2021

Es un buen comienzo para personas nuevas en el tema.

By henrique

Jan 28, 2020

It was a great experience to go through this course!

By Jad M

Jan 16, 2017

Lovely course, lovely teacher and lovely materials.