Fall 2022 - IAT 167 D100
Digital Games: Genre, Structure, Programming and Play (3)
Class Number: 6540
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
Prerequisites:CMPT 166 (or equivalent first year programming course such as CMPT 120, 125, 126, 128, 130 or 135) with a minimum grade of C-.
Introduces game genres, structures, and programming methods basic to developing games. Students learn how games are designed and how to program the underlying patterns that facilitate play and engagement. Issues of user interface, skills and competition are discussed as are principles of compelling entertainment for players. Students who have obtained credit for, or are currently enrolled in, a CMPT course at the 200-division or higher, or IAT 265 or 267 may not complete this course for credit.
This second programming course covers practical programming concepts in the context of game development and builds on the basic programming concepts learned in CMPT 120 (or equivalent introductory programming course). The course introduces game mechanics and systems, and the programming methods fundamental to their implementation in video games. Students learn how games are structured and designed as well as the translation of the game design document into programmatic code. Issues of user interface, challenge and skill, and competition are discussed as are principles of interaction to facilitate play and engagement and compelling entertainment.
Students will be introduced to the key ideas of event-driven and object oriented programming as well as basic programming practice including systems design, iterative development and evaluation. The course will use the programming language Processing and its IDE to design and develop games of complexity similar to casual, browser-based games.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Introduce concepts in object-oriented and event-driven programming
- Develop a basic understanding of methods of coding 2D interactive interfaces including image manipulation, sprite movement, and collision and edge detection
- Develop an understanding of methods to maintain state in user-interactive environments
- Develop an iterative programming practice and methods to design and evaluate code
- Introduce the fundamentals of game mechanics and interaction design and their applications in digital game development
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
- Design, program/debug and test a complete, simple game program
- Utilize an IDE for program development (file organization, coding and debugging)
- Define the main concepts in Object-Oriented Programming: Encapsulation, Inheritance, Polymorphism; identify these concepts in code; and explain the benefits of their usage; design/write code that makes good use of these concepts
- Apply an event-driven programming architecture to create a traditional update/render game loop and handle user input
- Discuss the issues involved in collision detection and solve this problem programmatically for simple cases
- Lab Participation and Challenges 5%
- Programming Homework 14%
- Assignments 23%
- Quizzes 25%
- Final Exam 33%
Students can earn 2% bonus for participating in a qualified research study.
The course will use the programming language Processing and its IDE to design and develop games.
Available in Canvas and/or lecture slides.
“Learning Processing: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation & Interaction” (2015) by Daniel Shiffman; 2nd Edition; Morgan Kaufmann (also avaiable online via SFU lLibrary)
“Fundamentals of Game Design” (2013) by Ernest Adams; 3rd Edition; New Riders
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