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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 Sergey K

Jan 18, 2016

Interesting and easily understandable! Thank you!

By James O

Apr 27, 2021

Very informative!

... but needs more puppet

By Barnabás N

Feb 25, 2016

Pretty great course for a total beginner!

By Emilia

Jun 15, 2021

It was a great an interesting course.

By Elisabeth F

Feb 9, 2016

Great content and great assignments !

By Carlos A A J

Jun 23, 2021

Muy buen cuerso para realizar mundos

By Ghiath L

Nov 30, 2020

Awesome eye opener and inspiring.

By alejandro m G m

Oct 31, 2017

Beautiful. : 3 Really enjoyed it

By Amir H A

Jul 24, 2023

amazing material and instructor

By Edward P A R

Jun 30, 2021

me encanto y sirvió bastante

By Ira M (

Feb 9, 2016

Very interesting! Thank you!

By Percy D R R

Jun 21, 2021

Muy divertido y entretenido

By Perry H Y X

Nov 3, 2020

Théotime is inspirational !

By Rodrigo E

May 26, 2016

it's Fun and worth the time

By Alisson P G d S

Jun 16, 2017

Too Much!!

Very, very good.

By Michael J

Mar 25, 2016

explanation of fundamenals

By Dustin C

Dec 5, 2015

Great class! Eye opening.

By Liliya G

Mar 28, 2016

Great course, excited :)

By Maria V

Mar 3, 2023

I enjoyed! Thank you!

By whipexx

Mar 7, 2016

I loved this course.

By Yassine R E F

Jan 13, 2016

Learnt a lot. Thanks

By Crystal F

Feb 1, 2016

best course...ever!

By Mikiodelg

Dec 15, 2015

Very nice course ^^

By David T

Nov 1, 2016

Muy buen curso :)

By khendy r

Apr 5, 2016

I like the course