DATE TOPIC(S)/READING DUE TODAY
     
Jan 26 Course introduction
Our favorite games
Gamer (video)
Design challenge #1
Jan 28 What is a game designer? (video)
Introduction to GameMaker
GameMaker project #1
Feb 2 Playing like a designer, part 1 (video) Game review #1
Design challenge #2
Feb 4 Mechanics GameMaker (cont.) GameMaker project #2
Feb 9 Playing like a designer, part 2 (video) Game review #2
Design challenge #3
Feb 11 Dynamics
GameMaker (cont.) (video)
GameMaker project #3
Feb 16 NO CLASS MEETING TODAY
Feb 18 Mechanics vs. dynamics
GameMaker (cont.)
GameMaker project #4
Feb 23 Storytelling
Game narrative (video 1, video 2)
Game review #3
Design challenge #4
Feb 25 Storytelling (cont.)
The Hero's Journey (video 1, video 2)
GameMaker project #5
Mar 2 Preparing a one-sheet Game review #5
Design challenge #5
Mar 4 NO CLASS MEETING TODAY
Mar 9 Preparing an elevator pitch Game review #5
Design challenge #6
Mar 11 Elevator pitches and one-sheets
Development teams formed
Elevator pitch and one-sheet
Mar 23 Game development teams: responsibilities and timelines Game review #6
Progress Report #1
Mar 25 Starting off right (video)
 
Mar 30 Developing a game demo (video)
Tutorials (video)
Game review #7
Apr 1 Special project Special project, part 1 [in lieu of Game review #8]
Apr 6 NO CLASS TODAY  
Apr 8 What is a game? (video)
Genres and their characteristics
Special project, part 2 [in lieu of Game review #8]
Progress report #2
Apr 13 Graphics vs Aesthetics (video) Game review #9
Progress report #3
Apr 15 Balance (video)
Pacing (video)
Challenge and reward
 
Apr 20 Progress reports and demos Game review #10
Apr 22 Paper prototyping Progress report #4
Apr 27 GDD Game review #11
Apr 29 Playtesting (video) Progress report #5
May 4 Progress reports and demos Game review #12
May 6 Level design Progress report #6
May 11 Extra Credits game-making tips (video, video)
GDD
Game review #13
May 13 Presenting your game demo (video, video) Progress report #7
May 18 Playtesting and final preparations Game review #14
Progress report #8
May 20 Final project presentations  
Wednesday, May 27, 12:00-2:00pm, CHC 238 Final project presentations
Voting and awards presentation