prof. dr. A. Eliëns,
Serious games are more and more considered to be an effective
means to bring about awareness, acquire skills,
change behavior, and influence social patterns.
With elementary game development technology,
the students will explore the potential of serious games
in a social context,
using casual game mechanics,
and what recently has been identified as the dynamics of gamification.
The course will cover the following topics:
Students are required to work in teams of 2-4 people,
with as a goal the actual development of a serious
game, with social network support.
- an introduction to game design
- practical skills in game development
- game mechanics and scoring mechanisms
- elementary game and utility theory
- media & communication theory
- game interaction patterns
- practical applications of serious games
The course will take a multi-disciplinary approach,
accommodating the variety in background and interests
of the students, which may cover the range of game concept design,
social game dynamics, societal issues
and game technology, including both programming, asset development
and delivery and deployment issues.
Apart from theoretical lectures, there will be regular workshops and
in which the students present their work and get feedback.
For the basic assignment, consisting of a simple
game world with first person interaction, the
unity platform will be used.
For the final assignment, a moderately complex serious game,
students will have a choice of using
The actual choice will depend on
the technical background of the students,
and previous experience.
- the unity game development environment
- ximpel interactive video with minigames in flex/as3
form of tuition:
lectures and practicum
online reference material(s)
mode of assessment:
essay and practicum assignment(s)
preferably, but not obligatory, project interactive multimedia
and multimedia authoring
master students CS, IS, and others, with an interest
in multimedia and game development
The course will be given in english.
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