T/Th at 10:30 - 11:50am GHC 4307
The cloud and the crowd are driving new ways for players to engage with games, from live streams of gameplay to massively multiplayer control of a single game. In this course, students will explore the design space of crowd- and cloud-enabled games. They will identify existing game design techniques for playing at scale, study games currently designed for spectatorship, and discover problems faced by different stakeholders (spectators, players, streamers, curators, designers). Five assignments during the course will have student teams research, design, and develop for this new style of game play. In a team-based final project, students will either produce an intervention that addresses a problem identified by the class, or design an original game that takes advantage of the crowd and cloud in play.
Course Slack: twitchgamedesign.slack.com
Course Twitch channel: twitchgamedesign
Research paper repository: bit.ly/APGRepo
The course does not have formal prerequisites, although skill in game design, human-computer interaction, or computer science will help with many assignments. Other skills that may be useful for the class include sketching, visual design, library research, and conducting interviews. Teams will be composed of students with complementary skills.
Yes. You will be able to say that you are doing your homework while playing video games.
While you probably know a lot about Twitch and likely have good experience to offer, this course isn’t about making people popular Twitch streamers. It’s about how we design for the future of richer audience participation games of which the current version of Twitch is a rather simplistic early example. You’ll still learn a lot!
Probably! Teams will be purposefully balanced to include people with different strengths. That said, a strong background in at least one of game design, human-computer interaction, or computer science will help you.
We’ve scheduled visits from industry professionals, including representatives from Twitch. We can’t announce the details yet, but we’re excited! We’ll also be streaming at least some student presentations on Twitch itself, so you can share your work back to the community it most affects.
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