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About the Course

Start creating your world. A game world is not just a backdrop for your game—be it minimal or detailed, contained or part of a much bigger universe, it provides the context for your player. Ultimately, a game world should feel alive and wholly unique to any player who will experience it. In this course, we will explore game worlds in existing games and study the art and influences that inform their themes and styles. We will also investigate key components of environment and level design as well as strategies designers use to define gameplay or advance it. We’ll also look at navigation and the elements that make your world as real (or unreal) as you want it to be. A weekly challenge will prompt you to explore styles and inspirations for possible game worlds, and you’ll learn effective ways to communicate your ideas from concepts to presentation-worthy proofs of concept....

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This is a fantastic course to run your imagination to it's top! You can built your own game world and show it to other students. The learning curve is definitely improving with this course!


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i really loved this course. it inspired me to be more innovative and think out of the box. it changed my mindset a lot. so thanks to my instructor and my peers. your words meant a lot to me.

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By Angelo B

Feb 2, 2016

A very good experience, but if it could've helped me to find a job it would have been even better.

By 刘树宇

Oct 3, 2016

This course is very good and you can learn a lot of knowledge.Then you can design a better game.

By José D

Jan 27, 2016

I learned a lot in this course, it was very helpful. World design is key to defining your game.

By Gabriel d J C

Mar 29, 2021

This course is obliged from every person who wants to follow the career in gaming industry

By Christopher M

Dec 13, 2016

This course was amazing and great. I loved it. It helped me so much with my own project :D

By Jennifer C

Dec 27, 2015

Fantastic course - doing the assignments forces you to really think about your game world.

By Miranda C d S

Dec 13, 2020

I had never felt so motivated to create a brand new world before! This course is great!

By Aditya N

Jun 6, 2022

Amazing content and a passionate teacher who you can tell genuinely enjoys video games

By 万锦阳

May 3, 2017

I really like it! It helped me to established the abilities to create a game-world.

By Ionut M C

May 7, 2019

A must-have. Love it so much. Great instructor, really passionate about the topic.

By Jessica W

Dec 15, 2016

Definitely a challenging course but I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot!

By Wallace N O

Jan 19, 2016

an awesome course.... each one is being better than the last... fantastic!

By Koorosh F

Nov 29, 2021

This course really helped me to think about more aspects of world design.

By Tata D

Feb 8, 2016

Good course, but there are not much useful information. It's more analytic

By Gonzalo M (

Nov 4, 2021

It is a great course. Help me with in my way to become a world builder

By Lin J

Jun 4, 2016

The course material provide good reference and study for world design.

By Gloria B

Mar 22, 2021

Absolutely Amazing! I really appreciate the opportunity! Thank you!

By Jaime A

Aug 26, 2016

Gives you a lot to think about and ideas to Build! Build! Build!

By Samuel G G

May 29, 2020

The study material is very good, i like it. Profisiat 👍🏻

By Deleted A

Oct 5, 2019

Great course, I really learn how to create a game world!

By Alex Z

Jan 18, 2016

Amazing course. I learned so much about the game world.

By Luis E

Mar 31, 2018

loved it, great resource material, and great teacher.

By Glaucio J M d C

Sep 7, 2016

Very good. Excellent teacher - I strongly recommend.

By Manav S

Sep 2, 2019

The course teaches everything regarding game design

By Eduardo G L L

Oct 2, 2016

Amazing course to get ideas for your world designs