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Lecture 1 CS170: Game Design Studio 1. UC Santa Cruz School of Engineering www.soe.ucsc.edu/classes/cmps170/Fall2008 michaelm@cs.ucsc.edu 29 September 2008. The year-long game design studio sequence. CS 170 Exposure to a variety of alternative game designs
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Address 1 CS170: Game Design Studio 1 UC Santa Cruz School of Engineering www.soe.ucsc.edu/classes/cmps170/Fall2008 michaelm@cs.ucsc.edu 29 September 2008

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The year-long amusement plan studio arrangement CS 170 Exposure to an assortment of option diversion outlines Indie, genuine recreations, political diversions, craftsmanship diversions, and so forth. Singular idea advancement Frequent configuration pitches and quick models Technology choice Team arrangement Final outline reports CS 171 The heart of making the diversion CS 172 Emergency plan modifications (the "gracious my god" minute) Final playtesting and tuning Finish amusement Win recompenses at outside the box diversion rivalries

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Class mechanics Syllabus online at www.soe.ucsc.edu/classes/cmps170/Fall08/Login and secret key for secure page (readings) User name: cmps170 Password: M2VkNG

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Platforms This class is innovation nonpartisan – no particular stage is obliged Platforms to consider Microsoft XNA Studio – diversion improvement structure for PCs and, in oversaw code mode (C# just) for Xbox 360 It may be enjoyable to have the capacity to run your diversion on the Xbox – however it won't be genuine console advancement (near the equipment) PC – utilize your most loved dialect (like C++) on the PC, utilize whatever libraries you need Mobile Homebrew advancement situations exist for DS (you can keep running in an emulator) We have entry to the Sony PSP advancement unit (yet you need to sign a cluster of stuff) Cell telephone, however the development bar may be higher Custom equipment No amusement making instruments (like diversion creator), however you can utilize motors (like Torque) Torque is a piece of Microsoft XNA Studio

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Game development To goad development in this class, we'll take a gander at various case of non-customary non mainstream recreations We need you to move past imitating the components of standard sorts Don't simply need standard RPG #47 or standard FPS #63

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Game Design Overview – Adams Chapter 2 Player driven way to deal with outline Key segments of videogames Stages of the outline procedure Design groups Documenting the amusement Anatomy of a diversion planner

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Player driven outline You are making an affair for the player – all configuration contemplations must spill out of the inquiries: What does the player do ? What experience does this make for the player (why might they do it)? You are not your own common player – you ought to have the capacity to outline amusements for individuals not the same as you The player is not your adversary – the objective is not to pulverize the player, but rather to excite, motivate, make a sentiment office and possible authority

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Formal diversion components Player controls controller and sees/listen/feels yields User interface makes an interpretation of inputs into gameworld activities and deciphers challenges inito something the player can see Core mechanics are the tenets by which the gameworld and amusement work

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Difference amongst amusement and recreation A reproduction is an a runnable model of a true circumstance that is less mind boggling than this present reality Aspects of the world have been dreamy away The center mechanics of a diversion like a reenactment (runnable model that portrays how the world state advances) What's the contrast between a reproduction and a diversion? A reenactment isn't playable , particularly It doesn't as a matter of course accommodate player activities And regardless of the possibility that it does, it doesn't structure the yield as far as difficulties

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Full model User interface gives a connection model and point of view Gameplay comprises of difficulties and activities Gameplay modes delimit subsets of gameplay accessible at any one time

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Game configuration Game outline is unmistakable from amusement generation Design is the way toward characterizing the idea, center mechanics, gameplay modes, gameworld, et cetera Production is the way toward transforming a configuration into a cleaned, working diversion In CS 170 we're concentrating on outline and the beginnings of creation CS 171 and 172 will concentrate on creation Obviously some configuration proceeds into generation, yet the significant outline choices ought to have been secured before creation A diversion outline is caught in a blend of reports and models

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The phases of outline Concept stage What is the principle idea of the diversion? Who is the gathering of people? What does the player do? What dream does the diversion satisfy (particularly for representational recreations)? Elaboration stage, iteratively plan Primary gameplay mode, center mechanics, hero, diversion world, extra modes, level configuration, story Tuning stage Small conformity to center mechanics, levels, and so on in order to make an adjusted, easily advancing amusement

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Game outline groups Lead originator – in charge of general outline, "keeping the vision". In this class will likewise serve as maker. Exchanges innovativeness for power. Amusement fashioner – characterizes and archives the diversion plan Level architect – take the crucial parts of the diversion characterized by diversion creator (UI, center mechanics, gameplay) and outlines particular levels User interface planner – plans design of the screen in different gameplay modes. Customarily has been left to the latest possible time (awful thought). Author – composes discourse, cut scenes, starting material, and so forth. Frequently subcontracted to a specialist or done by one of the architects Art executive – oversees generation of advantages, in charge of the visual style of the diversion, regarding power, at the same level as the lead creator Audio chief – supervises generation of sound resources

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Game configuration archives High idea – short report that pitches the enormous thought of the amusement. Should offer the idea and player experience Character outline archive – idea craftsmanship, move set (activitys), backstory for at any rate the player symbol (in the event that she has one) World configuration report – gives review of the world, records the vibe of the world, will direct level outline Flowboard – records how the gameplay modes identify with each other, brisk portrayals of the screens and what activities are accessible to the player Story and level movement – extensive scale story of the amusement, movement of missions, levels, cut-scenes, and so forth. The amusement script – reports the standards and center mechanics of the diversion in enough detail that you could play it without a PC

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Designer/engineers As software engineering understudies, all of you have the cleaves to planner and actualize diversion motors But you know how to do this from a configuration driven viewpoint As originators, your enchantment shot is profoundly understanding what should be possible with calculation Core mechanics are calculations In the 170 arrangement you will have the chance to do theoretical outline and see it completely through to execution