Fall 2017 - IAT 312 D100

Foundations of Game Design (3)

Class Number: 5114

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SUR 5380, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2017
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SUR 5080, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Bernhard Riecke
    ber1@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-8432
  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 48 units, including IAT 265.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Examines the discipline of game design. Games are studied across three analytical frameworks: games as rules (formal system), games as play (experiential system), games as culture (social system). Includes analytical and practical exercises in game design.

COURSE DETAILS:

Game Design is a creative endeavour requiring practical experience through design, critique and iteration. In the lecture part of this class, we will read and discuss some of the work that analyzes players, games and the design process to establish common ground for practical work in the course labs. We will also cover some of the more universal game mechanisms, such as randomness, economic systems, player motivation and psychology, and a few specific topics in more detail. In the labs, we will play, critique, improve and design games as well as report on the course's longer game design projects.

 

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

The course should help you gain practical experience with and a critical understanding of:

• The existing attempts to analyze the psychology of players and how it affects game design and consumption

• The process of game design and its components such as prototyping and play testing

• Some of the dimensions along which to think about game design and critique existing designs, such as art style, narrative and game balance

• A subset of the mechanisms available to accomplish game design goals, such as reward systems and economic systems 

Grading

  • Assignments (individual) 30%
  • Projects (team work) 40%
  • Reading Questions 15%
  • Attendance & Participation 15%

REQUIREMENTS:

Class attendance and participation policy: Students are expected to attend and participate in all lectures and labs. Regular attendance and active, supportive participation in class and team activities is necessary to pass; doing otherwise will result in point reductions and in extreme cases failure to pass the course. 
If you miss an assignment or workshop due to illness or personal concerns, a doctor’s note or other forms of credible evidence must be presented to your instructor/TA. 
Failure to contribute sufficiently to in-class activities, individual and team assignments, failure to responsibly do your part of the teamwork, or failure to reliably attend and contribute in team meetings can result in additional point reductions beyond the team evaluation.

Deliverables: All deliverables must be submitted (typically to Canvas) by the due date/time. No late submissions will be accepted.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

i-Clickers are required. These can be purchased at the SFU Bookstore (you may share or borrow an i-Clicker from a student who is not in this course as long as you, consistently, use the same i-Clicker throughout the term).

INSTRUCTOR NOTES:

Attendance and participation: Active participation will be required in lectures, and participation marks will stem from participation during lecture discussion as well as activities during the labs, especially ones that are not otherwise graded.

REQUIRED READING:

"The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses" (2015) by Jesse Shell; 2nd Edition.  A K Peters/CRC Press.
This text can be accessed online via the SFU Library; although currently only 8 users can view this simultaneously.

ISBN: 9781466598645

"Fundamentals of Game Design" (2013) by Ernest Adams; 3rd Edition; New Riders
This text can be accessed online via the SFU Library; although currently only 8 users can view this simultaneously.
ISBN: 9780321929679

Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games (2014) by Tracy Fullerton (3 edition). Boca Raton: A K Peters/CRC Press.
This text can be accessed online via the SFU Library; although currently only 8 users can view this simultaneously.

ISBN: 9781482217162

RECOMMENDED READING:

"Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals" (2003) by Katie Salen Tekinbas, Eric Zimmerman; 1st Edition; MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262240451

Registrar Notes:

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