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Course Description

Welcome to the Video Game Design class page. Click Subscribe to the right to be notified of homework and stay up to date on class projects.
 
All assignments, projects, and announcements will be posted in Blend at https://aisdblend.instructure.com/. Grades are still posted to TEAMs.

For your reference, please see the class syllabus to the right.

Love playing video games? Do you have an idea for the next great game? In Video Game design you’ll learn the basics of computer programming while exploring the tools and technology used to create various types of computer games including 2D, 3D, mobile, RPG, and even Kinect (body-controlled) games. We will experience the complex process of game creation from start to finish. No programming knowledge is required for the course; you will learn as you go.

> Want to learn more about programming a computer? Check out the Learn to Program page.

In Video Game Design, students gain knowledge and skills in basic computer programming. Video Games are designed just like any other computer software; there is a set process that all software engineers go through. In this class we will explore this development process as well as the tools and technologies software engineers use to develop video games. In addition, we will explore the art of video game design. What makes a game fun? How do you make a game challenging but not impossibly frustrating? What is it that makes a blockbuster game?

During the first six weeks, students will explore the fundamentals of game design using Gamestar Mechanic. The second and third six weeks cover the basics of programming using Microsoft Kodu to create 3D games and learn the basics of logic, Scratch to learn the fundamentals of structured programming, and Google App Inventor to build mobile apps. We’ll end with an introduction to real programming languages (code) and learn a bit of Javascript and/or Python. Advanced students will have the opportunity to explore commercial game development environment like Unity3D or Corona.

In each unit, students will develop games in that platform following the software development process – starting at brainstorming and design all the way through testing.

Recent Posts

Where is the Spring 20202 Online Learning classwork?

Just a reminder that (like always) all assignments, projects, and announcements will be posted in with our class in Blend at https://aisdblend.instructure.com/.
 
Parents - For more information on Blend for Parents, see the Blend Parent Tour at http://bit.ly/BLENDparentTOUR << If you haven't used Blend as a parent yet, this is HIGHLY recommended. This is the way to keep up with your student's classwork and progress.

Virtual Learning Opportunities will be posted there weekly on Mondays.

Spring 2020 Update

Hi Tigers,
We hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and keeping busy. The department heads have met with the Gorzycki administrators this week. We wanted to share with you some information that we have received.
 
Teachers will be working these next 2 weeks on planning upcoming lessons for a planned return to school on Monday, April 6th. We will be in contact with more information on what exactly this will look like in the upcoming weeks, but right now we are preparing for online learning.
 
If you would like to continue your learning in the meantime, the district has provided a resource at https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/aisd-learning-at-home/home. Here you will find a sample schedule, activities, and instructions - there are a lot of learning opportunites posted on this page.
 
We miss you all and want to stay connected!  At this time, we ask that you continue to check the AISD website.  Please reach out if you need anything or have any questions, we will be available through email.
 
Our office Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4pm via email. We will respond to emails within 48 hours.
 
Sincerely,
Gorzycki CTE Department

Welcome to the New School Year!

It's going to be awesome. All assignments, projects, and announcements will be posted in Blend. Grades are still posted to TEAMs.
 
Parents - For more information on Blend for Parents, see the Blend Parent Tour at http://bit.ly/BLENDparentTOUR << If you haven't used Blend as a parent yet, this is HIGHLY recommended. This is the way to keep up with your student's class work and progress.