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Course Description

Today, games are recognized as serving many business purposes beyond entertainment. This Digital badge provides you with a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment.


In the first course, you will discover resources for developing game design, identify the mechanics and verbs used in different games. You will come away with knowing the different activities that are part of game design, being able to flesh out a game idea in order to increase the chances to having a successful game design experience, and have a basic understanding of how to work with game developers.

 

By successfully completing this Digital Badge in Basic Game Design, you will have taken the first steps into understanding game design, and being able to create your own games. This Digital Badge enrolls you in the following two courses: Introduction to Game Design and Intermediate Video Game Design. These courses may also be taken individually.

Course Outline

About Your Instructors

Moses Wolfenstein is an experienced game designer and speaker at national game design conferences.  He is a Senior Interaction Developer at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He has over a decade of design experience.  Moses holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works with the Games, Learning, & Society research group.

Jean Haefner holds degrees in Graphic Design and Photography, and a MFA in Web Designand Interactive Media; MS Haefner has taught in these areas, and worked professionally as a Content Artist, Web Designer, and Online Course Developer for over 20 years. More recently, she helped to develop the award winning interdisciplinary Game Design and Development program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and provided instruction in art and design for games there. She currently works at UW-Madison.

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