Intermediate Video Game Design (Online) | Cleveland State University Professional Development Center in Cleveland


Intermediate Video Game Design (Online)

Course Description

Worldwide, video game sales including consoles, online, and mobile games are projected to reach $111 billion dollars this year. Mobile games are the fastest-growing segment of the market as more and more people play casual games. By 2019 Price Warehouse predicts social and casual game sales will exceed traditional game sales. In this intermediate introductory course, you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of game design
  • Acquire simple game programming ability
  • Exhibit basic knowledge of visual art production processes
  • Analyze popular games from common genres, and develop an independent analysis of a specific game.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of a game design document for games.
  • Advance an effective understanding of the various segments of the game development industry.

Course Content

A brief history of Video Game Development

  • Arcades & Consoles
  • From PCs to Multiplayer
  • Play a Game -Game Analysis
  • Game Maker Introduction

Player Motivation

  • Geographics, demographics, and psychographics
  • Who Plays
  • Why We Play
  • Game Maker Making Art: About Sprites, Objects, Rooms

Platforms, Genres and Story Elements

  • Game Application: The Audience
  • Platforms & Player Modes
  • Story Elements: Premise, Backstory, Synopsis, Theme, & Setting
  • Character Archetypes & Character Development
  • Game Maker: Programming Events & Actions

The Production Process

  • Documentation: The Game Design Doc
  • Creating the Team - Production Phases
  • Marketing
  • Game Maker: Your First Game



CEUs: 1.6

Fee: $245