Designing Great Video Games

Video description

Learn how to design video games that are brilliantly playable and endlessly fun! Become an expert in video game theory with this incredibly easy video—just watch!



Build video games that are always exciting, never boring…always fresh, never copycat…always fun, offering just the right amount of challenge! This video course will teach you the key skills of video game theory, so you can deliver truly great games for any platform—mobile, console, or computer. Using new examples and best-in-class in-game footage, Zach Comm shows you the difference between "meh" games and truly unforgettable video game experiences. You'll learn how to borrow from formulas without letting them trap you…build games that are endlessly replayable…challenge players without overwhelming them…support complexity…learn from experience…determine whose feedback is worth listening to…understand the many forms of high- and low-intensity fun and deliver them!


Skill Level

  • Intermediate

What You Will Learn

  • What really makes a game great—and how to make your game great
  • How to create, reinforce, and lengthen quality gameplay
  • How to increase your game's "fun quotient"
  • How to craft your game's learning curve and difficulty
  • How to create original games in a market filled with thousands of "me-too" titles

Who Should Take This Course

  • For game designers and creative directors at any level of experience and for game enthusiasts who are serious about designing great games and entering the game development business

Course Requirements

  • No technical requirements; significant experience playing video games is recommended

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction 00:05:08
  2. Lesson 1: Introduction to Great Video Games
    1. Learning Objectives 00:00:45
    2. 1.1 What is a Great Video Game? 00:03:35
    3. 1.2 Make it Innovative 00:05:49
    4. 1.3 Make it Lasting 00:03:15
    5. 1.4 Make it Accessible 00:04:13
    6. 1.5 Make it Fun 00:02:03
    7. 1.6 Break the Rules! 00:04:30
  3. Lesson 2: Innovation and the Art of Blazing New Trails
    1. Learning Objectives 00:00:42
    2. 2.1 What is Innovation? 00:04:48
    3. 2.2 The Prerequisite Mindset, Pt. 1 00:05:23
    4. 2.3 The Prerequisite Mindset, Pt. 2 00:05:11
    5. 2.4 Formula, and the Forgery Thereof 00:06:30
    6. 2.5 Other Games are Springboards 00:05:48
  4. Lesson 3: Longevity and Lasting Value
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 Clarification on the Concept of Longevity
    3. 3.2 First-run Length
    4. 3.3 Replayability, Part 1
    5. 3.4 Replayability, Part 2
    6. 3.5 Achievements
    7. 3.6 Legacy
  5. Lesson 4: Accessibility, and How to Support Complexity
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Accessibility in a Nutshell
    3. 4.2 What the Barrier to Entry Looks Like
    4. 4.3 The Ideal Barrier
    5. 4.4 The Climbing Gear - Concrete Support
    6. 4.5 More Climbing Gear - Psychological Assistance
  6. Lesson 5: The Crux of Creation - Fun!
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 What is...'Fun'?
    3. 5.2 What's Not Fun
    4. 5.3 The Many Varieties of High-Intensity Fun
    5. 5.4 The Many Varieties of Low-Intensity Fun
    6. 5.5 Other Methods of Creating Fun
  7. Lesson 6: Blazing New Trails
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 How to Get Everyone's Attention
    3. 6.2 How to Surpass Expectations
    4. 6.3 How to Ignore Worthless Feedback
    5. 6.4 A Design Secret: The Dynamic Core
    6. 6.5 Cautious Creativity
  8. Lesson 7: Trial by Fire and Failure
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 Greatness Overnight
    3. 7.2 Humility in All Things
    4. 7.3 Exploration and Exposure
    5. 7.4 Now that You've Succeeded...
  9. Summary
    1. Summary

Product information

  • Title: Designing Great Video Games
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: June 2015
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134180976