Instructor:Dr. Michael Wainer
Rm 3042 Faner Hall, 3-6039
Office Hrs: MW 9:30-10:30, 3-4 Th 9:30-11:30
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Computer games have enjoyed increasing popularity both as
entertainment as well as teaching and research tools
(serious games). Producing sophisticated video games requires many
talents, this course focuses primarily on the software aspects of
game development. Software aspects include software
environment and process, teamwork, system architecture and design.
Additionally, underlying technical details may include topics such
as support for graphics modeling and rendering, physics, collision
detection, artificial intelligence, audio support, as well as
multiplayer/networking gaming techniques. In addition to
purely technical aspects, this course will also touch upon other
related topics such as the history and concepts of video gaming
and game design as well as some of the production and business
issues of making games.
Programming exercises/projects including group projects will be required for this course. Our primary language of instruction will be Java.
Prerequisites: CS330 with a grade of C or better.
Game Design and Development is best accomplished not
through a sequential process but an iterative one. Likewise you
may expect that we will revisit various topic areas as we progress
through the semester.
Make-ups and incompletes will be given only in extreme circumstances. You may feel free to discuss general concepts related to programming problems but the actual solutions to the specific problems should be worked out individually or within your group if given a group assignment.
Failure to turn in homework or programming assignments can
drastically lower your grade. Please do these assignments
conscientiously. Resolve any issues pertaining to the grading of
an exam/assignment within 1 week after it is returned. All
students should read the Departmental
Policies on Academic Dishonesty.
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