ARTS 107 Spring 2013 Creating Games (Q)

Cross Listed as CSCI107
The game is unique as the only broadly-successful interactive art form. Games communicate the experience of embodying a role by manipulating the player's own decisions, abstraction, and discrete planning. Those three elements are the essence of computation, which makes computer science theory integral to game design. Video games also co-opt programming and computer graphics as new tools for the modern artist. As a result, games are collaborative interdisciplinary constructs that use computation as a medium for creative expression. Students analyze and extend contemporary video and board games using the methodology of science and the language of the arts. They explore how computational concepts like recursion, state, and complexity apply to interactive experiences. They then synthesize new game elements using mathematics, programming and both digital and traditional art tools. Emphasis is on the theory of design in modern European board games. Topics covered include experiment design, gameplay balance, minimax, color theory, pathfinding, game theory, composition, and computability.
Class Format: lecture and studio
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation, studio work, and quizzes
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Prerequisites: none; no programming or game experience is assumed
Enrollment Preference: first-year students
Department Notes: not open to students who completed a Computer Science course numbered 136 or above; does not count toward the Art Major
Material and Lab Fees: lab fee of $25 will be added to the student's term bill
Distribution Notes: meets Division 3 requirement if registration is under CSCI; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTS
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
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Enrollment Limit: 24
Expected Enrollment: 24
Class Number: 3087
ARTS107-01(S) LEC Creating Games (Q) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Morgan McGuire
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Chemistry 206 3087
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