Mar 27, 2016
Great course!\n\nThought I wouldn't use the stuff that I learned in the videos at first, but as I started working on my own projects, I realised it was very important knowledge for a game developer.
Apr 03, 2017
This course helps your game go from concept to reality. It pushed me to get a digital prototype made and ready to demo. Great depth of information related to game design and the gaming industry.
Feb 21, 2016
One big user-experience comment is that I wish that the videos had been edited; there are many long pauses and times where there is a lot of talking around the thing that you actually want to say. I think you have some great things to say, but perhaps streamlining those ideas and editing out the times when you need to pause to think (which is definitely legitimate when recording yourself!) or other things of that nature, would have definitely cut down on the length of the videos. Long videos aren't bad, if they are well put-together and conveying information in an engaging way.
por Peter B S•
Mar 06, 2017
I found that the momentum build in the first course of the "Game Design and Development" specialization was lost when going into Principles of Game Design. In my opinion the course became too focused on the theory, where it could have combined the learnings of "Introduction to Game Development" with the principles of game design in a 50/50 ish combination.
However, if your sole purpose is the theory of games and game design, and you do attend the course in relation to the specialization, then by all means, it's a decent course.
por Alex A•
Nov 18, 2018
Feels dead - not too much mentor/admin activity.
Also, difficult course to rely solely on peer feedback, as it's all highly subjective.
Overall I had a great fun time further flushing out my ideas and learning how to transform them into working prototypes; however, being siloed to feedback from a few "low-quality" peer reviewers is eroding my experience, it would be better if Coursera/this course could ensure a diversity of peer reviewers. Right now it feels like I'm being trolled vs. receiving actionable feedback to improve.
por Francois B•
Nov 23, 2015
This course competes with a full specialization on Coursera with a slight flavor of the "Understanding Video Game" course also available on Coursera.
The grading is supported by quizzes and assignment associated to a poor grading system. I found this single class less challenging and interesting than the full specialization on Game Design from CalArts although it allows you to have another view of the process of Game Design in a more engineering way (e.g. writing documentation and not thinking on creating game...).
por Gannon P•
Sep 29, 2016
This seemed like a somewhat outdated course but did have a lot of basic info for people who want to make a game but haven't given it much thought. I also found the quizzes and review options frustration due to poorly worded questions and rating choices, as well as the lack of a written feedback option besides comments. Some of the videos seem to kind of drag on a bit as well, but overall it was still helpful for developing my game despite feeling like I didn't gain much new information.
por Andres M•
Oct 27, 2015
Although the course content is highly informative and interesting, the way it's all presented it not the best, most of the time concepts are confusing because of this, quizzes become guessing games most of the time. Forums feel neglected by the course tutor, lot's of question that someone knowledgeable should answer become random rambling as nobody is sure as to what the tutor actually meant. As somebody said on the forums "I feel like I'm alpha testing your course".
por Marvin O S•
Jun 07, 2019
The lectures are good and the instructor is clealy competent in Game Design. However, I feel that lectures are sometimes not straight to the point and tests contain questions, which are partially really tricky to answer. Furthermore, I disagree with the evaluation attribute "epic". I do not think that a small course project would ever be epic, nor do I think that this should be required. I believe that "feasible" would per already complex enough to achieve......
por Julio C B O•
Jan 12, 2016
The information is great, but I think they need to make this course in two phases because there was a lot of information to process and the assignments need more time if you want to do a good work. The other part that I didn't like was that the information doesn't really correspond to what you actually need to do for your assignments, I think the course needs more videos and examples of how to create the required documents.
por Dmytro N•
Jan 21, 2019
For me, the course was too general, basically an overview saying you can make game ideas out of nothing; however, it's going to be hard to bring them to life. I would enjoy the course much more if it would provide more practical examples of prototyping without code on different engines, provide more details about free-to-play monetisation and game design principles, etc.
por Юдин И•
Mar 25, 2016
Tasks are different in complexity, but time is given the same.
Speaker's constantly interrupts sentences. Hard to understand for people, who bad speek English.
Questions for peer review are bad:
"Mark 5 if work amasing". But we just student, our work are rough, not amasing. And everybody can grade as he wish.
por Brian S P J•
Jun 25, 2018
Good course, but the weekly projects are very open-ended to peer discretion. I did what I was supposed to do for the final project, but got a 68% for whatever reason (no one commented any feedback). Most peers don't understand the assignments.
por Simone D S•
Mar 19, 2017
The course is interesting.
The peer-review assigment and grading system is the weak park of this course : you are asked to do a prototype in one week that must be reviewed "pretty epic" from the other students for the highest grade.
por Chanchana S•
Oct 11, 2016
Nice abstraction about all kinds of games not about a specific game genre. But I'm not into it because I like developing games more than thinking about design. This course's homework is somewhat irrelevant of the course content.
por Dave J•
Jun 15, 2017
The hours required for the assignments is well above the 2 hours stated. Also, there is no required comments on feedback, which can be very frustrating.
Otherwise, the material is interesting, and well presented.
por Samuel I•
May 02, 2017
Great Instructor videos, bad assignments and peer grading system.
"Is the file submitted as PDF? Rate from 1 to 5" everyone puts 1 as my score even if I submitted it as PDF file, should be a yes or no question.
por Robert M•
Sep 05, 2016
The quizzes were too short to be effective, and without requiring written feedback from peer review, the process doesn't seem very useful. The best information was from the articles and books he recommends.
por Mitja C•
Apr 04, 2017
The course touched just the basics of game design principles. Everything was mostly theory based without any practical examples. I was expecting some kind of other approach of teaching this kind of topic.
por David M•
Apr 09, 2018
Not as practical as the first course of this specialization, It would be nice if the videos showed images of the games when the professor is talking about them instead of the same three diagrams.
por Tatiana K•
Feb 12, 2018
The content for reading is great, but in the videos the lecturer often spends a lot of time on things which seem a bit too general and vague. Although, may be idea development of a game is vague.
por Scott T R•
Dec 21, 2015
This class started out very rocky and the videos had errors, the quizzes had problems, and the assignments had a poor grading system. Hopefully, these will be corrected in future offerings.
por Seth L•
Feb 17, 2016
This was a very wordy course. Some times it felt like they just kept repeating and rambling, but I did learn the proper documentation for big games.
por Jaime R•
Dec 12, 2015
Content is interesting but the lectures and the content is far below the first course in the series in my opinion.
por Nikolaos B•
Mar 18, 2016
Sometimes it was difficult to follow! but good overall
por Iggy Z•
Oct 07, 2017
Pretty basic stuff, though it does spark a few ideas.
por Alon A•
Jun 03, 2018
Wasnt all that helpfull, very optimistic though