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Game Design Courses and Specialization

  • 5 September 2019
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Hi there!

If you are taking courses or specializations on Video Game Design, please let them know in the comments.

I like games, but I'm more passionate about knowing how they are built from ideas.

This is a good opportunity to meet us.

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Hi Esteban,

I've assembled a series of courses on video game design and am going thru them one by one -- I estimate I'll be done in another two years. I've made tens of board games as a kid... I'd come-up with a premise, borrow pieces from other board games, and make my own board/maps.

Does, "passionate about knowing how they are built from ideas" refer to the genesis of a game idea?

Because that's where I'm strong... The coming-up with the ideas. The reason I'm on Coursera is to get a more formal education in the programming side of video game design. Before coming to Coursera, I had been doing Udemy and Skillshare courses. Honestly, the information available on this topic is sooo good! And the free tools are awesome and their learning curves can easily be navigated with Udemy and Skillshare courses.

Tho I've been on the game creation journey for years now, I'm just now formalizing my indie studio company. I've come-up with a name, purchased my URL (there's not even a website yet), and I'm consuming every bit of knowledge I can to make this my career.

The two best bits of knowledge I've run into of late:

  1. The book "One-Hour Skirmish Wargames." Here's a review: Dale's Wargames Blog
  2. And this Game Developers Conference lecture: How to Survive in Gamedev for Eleven Years Without a Hit
All the best,

Oh man oh man. I am doing the Unity Programmer Certification course. I have been in game development for about a decade, but through a series of circumstances, I have very little to show for the passion and dedication that I actually have for the process and the medium. 

I come to game dev as a lifelong fan of video games, but moreso as an artist who grew up in the strange era of seeing Moore’s Law come into full effect. As an artist, I saw the culmination of human expression come to fruition in video games. I wasn’t yet the scientist that I needed to be though. I knew that in order to round it all out, I would have to understand math, physics, psychology, symmetry, and beauty. I needed to know all of the rules that I wanted to break and I needed to know them well. 

I ended up going to a farcical university that sent me way off course and wasted a lot of my time, but I remained dedicated to learning programming and game development for years. 

Today I am an active member in the growing game development community in my area.

My goal is to get a job working with a team who is building something amazing in the Unity game engine and be a integral part of that project’s development. 


Hey there iam student from vnr college I've been doing gaming development for nearly 2 years i was little afraid of coding in gaming and used to get bored but eventually I started liking it now iam really focused on c# coding for unity and iam willing to learn unreal engine but there are no courses for it

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@Ganeshvenkat University of London on Coursera has a comparison video of Unity and Unreal engine in its course 3D Models for Virtual Reality The vid seems to say they’re pretty much the same. But if they were essentially the same, at least for the purposes of the course, why have a video explaining that? Anyway, idk seems like there’s interest in Unreal. Thoughts?