Welcome to Game Design School! This first page focuses on showing you how the pages are structured.
The structure for the pages is:
1) Study the theory parts, videos and diagrams
2) Read the Tetris part
3) Do the exercises
4) Advance to the next page
Games have existed pretty much as long as civilisation. But what is a game? It has goals, rules, challenges and interactivity.
One of the best definitions is from the creator of Civilization Sid Meier: “Game is a series of interesting choices”.
What is your definition of what is a game?
Game Designer defines how a game works. Like how many coins you get from collecting a treasure chest. Or what happens when you pick up a sword.
Game Designer creates the rules and ensures everything works together nicely.
We use the extremely easy and helpful Game Design Canvas to create the design for your game.
How would a metro map work as the game board? What are the rules and what is the goal? You will learn numerous ways how to solve this. And you will learn the skill of game design!
This online course will help you learn what game design is and what you need in order to master game design. We will teach you how to create great games, but also force you to think of the all the required core areas.
To be a successful game developer, it's good to understand game design!
Many of our students now work in top game companies.
On every page what has just been taught will be applied into Tetris. This is an extremely efficient way to learn. Look for this icon to see how it is applied to Tetris.
For Tetris, the game designer has decided the shape of the blocks, dropping speed, height of the level and scoring. Basically anything that affects the gameplay experience has been designed!
To really learn game design, do all the exercises which are said to be the best part of the course!
Your first exercise is to write down here:
1. Why are you here and what do you want to learn?
2. What is game design?
We will later come back to these to see where we started from!