Five College Consortium

Creative Game Design

Subject Name: 

Cognitive Science

Course Number: 
Hampshire College
This class will explore, through a series of projects, the fundamental questions of game design. What are the common features of hopscotch, Skyrim, boxing, Farmville, poker, and Tic-Tac-Toe? How do you create an engrossing, challenging, vivid, or surprising environment of play? How do you determine the value of skill, chance, cooperation, and competition in play? What effect does the social, sexual, gender, political, and economic environment of the game's creation have on the game play? This course will start students with theoretical structures and immediately move to their implementation through the development of small games, which will be either physical (card games, board games, etc.) or computer games, at the student's discretion. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, online discussions, and the creation of their own games. No previous computer programming experience is required, but students who want to implement games in computer platforms will be able to.

Mind, Brain, and Information Independent Work Each student will purchase supplies for the course costing about $75 per student.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 

Course Sections

Creative Game Design
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Joshua Newman

10:30AM-11:50AM T,TH

Franklin Patterson Hall 103