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This course picks up where Harvard College’s CS50 leaves off, focusing on the development of 2D and 3D interactive games. Students explore the design of such childhood games as Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and Portal in a quest to understand how video games themselves are implemented. Via lectures and hands-on projects, the course explores principles of 2D and 3D graphics, animation, sound, and collision detection using frameworks like Unity and LÖVE 2D, as well as languages like Lua and C#. By class’s end, students will have programmed several of their own games and gained a thorough understanding of the basics of game design and development.

Register for credit at https://www.extension.harvard.edu/course-catalog/courses/introduction-to-game-development/25183.

Table of Contents

Pong

  1. Watch Lecture 0 on or after Mon 1/28.
  2. Attend section on Thurs (date tentative) 1/31.
  3. Optionally attend office hours (date tentative) on Fri 2/1.
  4. Submit Assignment 0 by Sun 2/3.

Flappy Bird

  1. Watch Lecture 1 on or after Mon 2/4.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 2/7.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 2/8.
  4. Submit Assignment 1 by Sun 2/10.

Breakout

  1. Watch Lecture 2 on or after Mon 2/11.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 2/14.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 2/15.
  4. Submit Assignment 2 by Sun 2/17.

Match 3

  1. Watch Lecture 3 on or after Mon 2/18.
  2. Attend section on Sat 2/23.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Thurs 2/21.
  4. Submit Assignment 3 by Sun 2/24.

Super Mario Bros.

  1. Watch Lecture 4 on or after Mon 2/25.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 2/28.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 3/1.
  4. Submit Assignment 4 by Sun 3/3.

Legend of Zelda

  1. Watch Lecture 5 on or after Mon 3/4.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 3/7.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 3/8.
  4. Submit Assignment 5 by Sun 3/10.

Angry Birds

  1. Watch Lecture 6 on or after Mon 3/11.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 3/14.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 3/15.
  4. Submit Assignment 6 by Sun 3/17.

Pokémon

  1. Watch Lecture 7 on or after 3/25.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 3/30.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Thurs 3/28.
  4. Submit Assignment 7 by Sun 3/31.

3D Helicopter Game

  1. Watch Lecture 8 on or after Mon 3/25.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 3/28.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 3/29.
  4. Submit Assignment 8 by Sun 3/31.

Dreadhalls

  1. Watch Lecture 9 on or after Mon 4/1.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 4/4.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 4/5.
  4. Submit Assignment 9 by Sun 4/7.

Portal

  1. Watch Lecture 10 on or after Mon 4/8.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 4/11.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 4/12.
  4. Submit Assignment 10 by Sun 4/14.

Portal Problems

  1. Watch Lecture 10 on or after Mon 4/15.
  2. Attend section on Thurs 4/18.
  3. Optionally attend office hours on Fri 4/19.
  4. Submit Final Project by Sun 5/12. –>