There has never been a better time to start a career in the game development industry. Games can be found on computers, the Web, gaming consoles, and virtually every mobile tablet and phone. Industry forecasts indicate that gaming will be worth close to $100 billion dollars in the next two years. Talented, creative, and enthusiastic people are in great demand in this industry. Whether you want to start your own independent game project in your basement or work with a small creative team or for a large game development studio, this course will prepare you to start developing your own games.
You will start by learning the fundamentals of game development and get and overview of game genres, platforms, and audiences. Next, you will learn tools and techniques to help you make better design decisions and achieve greater efficiencies as you develop your own games. You will learn why many games fail and how to ensure your games are positioned from success. During the course, you will gain hands-on experience in many of the game development processes.
In this first lesson, you will get an overview of the game-development industry. You will also discover what it takes to be a game developer and the wide range of opportunities available. Then you will get an overview of game genres, platforms, and audiences. You will discover how to leverage specific game-genre techniques to ensure your game is fun. You will discover the differences between game platforms and how they have an impact on you and the games you develop.
This lesson will give you and overview of game interface design. You will learn the importance of interface design decisions to your game’s success. You will discover the differences between interfaces based on game genre and gaming platform. You will learn what interface components to include in your game and how to optimize user experiences. Then you will discover why people play games and what makes them fun. You will discover key elements to include in games you develop. You will also learn the concept of game immersion, what makes games immersive, and how to create immersive game worlds.
In this lesson, you will learn about finding talented people and how to create a team to develop your game. You will discover the hardware and software requirements of game development and the budgetary requirements associated with developing your game. Then you will explore game engines and how you can use them to develop your game. You will examine several professional development environments and how they can be leveraged to your advantage.
In this lesson, you will learn to work with and lead game-development teams in person and remotely. You will discover the benefits and pitfalls of outsourcing portions of your game-development project and how to use consultants to your advantage. Then you will examine several practices and processes. You will discover the importance of testing your game’s functions and features, and learn to manage the testing process. You will also learn how to create your own game-release schema including alpha, beta, and public game releases.
In this lesson, you will explore the mobile application market to help you decide which mobile platforms you want to develop your game for. You will discover tools and techniques to develop games for mobile devices. You will learn how to distribute your mobile app. Then you will examine how to prepare your game for postproduction and how to continue working on your game after it has been distributed. You will discover how to make your game marketable.
Finally, you’ll explore the game-development industry and decide where you want to fit in. You will discover several career fields and explore the knowledge and skills each one requires. Then you will discover the opportunities and challenges in game development. You will learn how to develop a game project to include designing, developing, and publishing your game and move beyond the basics of game development.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.