Summer 2020 - IAT 312 D100
Foundations of Game Design (3)
Class Number: 4569
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
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
- Assignments (individual) 30%
- Projects (team work) 40%
- Quizzes 15%
- Attendance & Participation 15%
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.
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.
Online Readings provided via Canvas
"Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals" (2003) by Katie Salen Tekinbas, Eric Zimmerman; 1st Edition; MIT Press ISBN: 9780262240451
"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
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