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Skills you will gain

Video Game DevelopmentC Sharp (C#) (Programming Language)Video Game DesignGame Design
Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
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Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

What's in the Capstone?

Welcome to the Game Design and Development Capstone. In this module we'll give you a little bit of a sense of what to expect over the coming weeks. We're going to be honest with you though, this is going to be a fair amount of work. As you have learned, making games takes time and effort. And the goal of the Capstone is to prove that you have the knowledge, skills, and attitude to make games. So, get ready to flex those game design and development muscles that you have developed across the specialization....
Reading
2 videos (Total 10 min), 3 readings
Video2 videos
"Game Design Problem Solving Basics" by Scott Brodie, Founder and Lead Designer, Heart Shaped Games5m
Reading3 readings
Capstone Overview10m
FAQ10m
Industry Guest Talks10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Milestone 1: Your Game Idea

You're going to notice a lot of overlap in terms of the kinds of activities we're asking you to do in this capstone and the things we already asked you to do in the previous courses. This isn't because we're lazy, it is because making games is how you get better at making games. So, the first thing you need to do is come up with a new idea. The next thing you need to do is convince us that it is worth giving you our time and hopefully money to explore that idea....
Reading
1 video (Total 10 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Reading3 readings
Getting Started10m
High Concept Document10m
Getting Better at Talking about Your Game10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Milestone 2: Early Prototype, Blueprint, and Progress Report

Now you have to start the process of making your game a reality. No matter how you do this, either as a non-digital prototype or a digital prototype, you need to start building and testing some of your core gameplay systems and mechanics....
Reading
1 video (Total 9 min), 2 readings
Reading2 readings
Early Prototyping10m
Blueprint (vs. Design Document)10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Milestone 3: First Playable and Fun Test (aka, playtest)

The next step is to get something that you can start putting in front of people to begin getting feedback and working to "find the fun." Good luck....
Reading
1 video (Total 9 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
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Top Reviews

By JTOct 4th 2016

Really enjoyed this Capstone! It was a nice challenge, and it really pushed me to create a game out of my own imagination! It was definitely a great experience that I enjoyed journeying through!

By JNJun 19th 2016

Going through this whole Specialization has been a great journey. Thanks to this final project we were able to use everything we learned.

Instructors

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Brian Winn

Associate Professor
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Casey O'Donnell

Associate Professor
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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

About the Game Design and Development Specialization

Break into the video game industry with theoretical, technical, and business knowledge from one of the world’s best programs. This Specialization covers the theoretical and practical foundations of video game production using the Unity 3D game engine. The Specialization is taught by faculty at Michigan State University with over fifty years of combined experience building games and teaching game production. Michigan State University is one of the top-rated game design and development programs in North America. You’ll learn to develop a game concept; prototype, test, and iterate on your ideas; and navigate licensing, marketing, and other business considerations. The specialization builds a solid foundation for industry roles as a gameplay designer, level designer, technical designer, technical artist, programmer, or producer. The capstone partner for the specialization is the online game portal Kongregate, which provides an avenue for distribution of the capstone project, as well as a pathway for monetization for aspiring game developers....
Game Design and Development

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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