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Coursera: Introduction to Game Development

 with  Brian Winn and Casey O'Donnell
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If you love games and want to learn how to make them, then this course will start you down that path. Making games is a creative and technical art form. In this course you will familiarize yourself with the tools and practices of game development. You will get started developing your own videogames using the industry standard game development tools, including the Unity3D game engine and C#. At the end of the course you will have completed three hands-on projects and will be able to leverage an array of game development techniques to create your own basic games. This course is for individuals interested in becoming a game designer, game artist, or game programmer.

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From Game Player to Game Developer
The only thing more fun than playing games is making them. You can make games. All it takes is some time, a willingness to learn and a passion to create. You don't need to be a "coder" to make games. Part of the beauty of games is that they take a variety of skills to make. Art, creativity, and systems thinking are just as important as code. Join us in this journey into game making!

Intro to Unity3D Development
One of the reasons we use Unity3D is its visual editor which makes creating interactive games accessible to both creative and technical individuals. In this module, you will create your first Unity3D project from start to finish. Using a variety of graphical and audio assets and a library of scripts, you will create a simple model of our solar system. By the end of the module, you should have a good understanding of the Unity3D editor and the workflow for creating games.

Creating Games in Unity3D
Unity3D is a powerful tool for creating games. In this module, you will create your first actual game from start to finish, called Roller Madness. This ball rolling game will introduce you to the concepts of physics, health and damage, pickups, enemies, spawners, a user interface, and a variety of visual and audio effects. This is your right of passage into game development!

Designing and Coding Gameplay Systems
Now, don't get scared, but games need code. Code is the canvas upon which game systems are painted. However, that doesn't mean you need to be a C# ninja. In this module, you will start to learn the ins-and-outs of programming C# in Unity. You will apply this knowledge to build a first person shooter game, called Box Shooter. By the end of the module, you will have the tools to begin to develop your own custom games!

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 4 weeks long
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2 years ago
Zach completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Intro to Game Development was an excellent course. The lecturer, does an excellent job of keeping things organized - at the start and end of every video he explains what you will be doing (or have done). He also thoroughly explains the use of best practices and why some things are done. Perhaps it is appropriate for a Read More
Intro to Game Development was an excellent course. The lecturer, does an excellent job of keeping things organized - at the start and end of every video he explains what you will be doing (or have done). He also thoroughly explains the use of best practices and why some things are done.

Perhaps it is appropriate for a beginner course, but sometimes the technical aspects are a little frustrating. When making the games you are provided with pre-built art assets and code. You then combine these in Unity. However, a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff is left unexplained: it often seems like witchcraft how everything is nicely set up for you. You don't do any active code writing in the course, although in the final week you do have a sneak peak inside the source. While the later course in the specialization has some more of this, it was a little bit annoying.

Bear in mind that Coursera has locked this course down so that if you don't pay or get financial aid, you can no longer do the quizzes or the peer-graded assignments.
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2 years ago
Robert Stahr completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Fun and instructive course. You actually get your hands dirty creating a couple of simple games with the ultra-powerful Unity3D game engine (which is free!!)
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Rates completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
There is some ok content here - my biggest issue with it is that the audio is distorted in all of the videos, this makes it very distracting especially when each session is over 2 hours long (far too long in my opinion).
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