193.102 Game Design

2021W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

…understand the cognitive processes in the brain of the players (Why want to play people and especially children?)

…understand the relationship between game mechanics with particular social and psychological dynamics which can be experienced during the games to be derived therefrom special game-world experiences.

…understand the importance of creation in games by means of semiotics and narrative forms.

…understand the social conditions and effects of gambling, such as identity in role-playing, deepening and differentiation of social ties and skills, etc.

…understand cultural contexts and manifestations of digital games as "art games", political games, Gamification, the representation of violence in computer games, etc.

Subject of course

- Discussion of many examples of current, special and very different games 
- MDA Framework to reflect the expansion and differentiation of ability on game ideas, to argue this and formulate.

Teaching methods

online lectures, reading literature, discussion, small game design exercises

Mode of examination


Additional information

ECTS breakdown

3 ECTS = 75h

kick-off, intro = 2h
workshops = 36h
project work between workshops: 5-8h * 6 = 37h




Course dates

Tue09:00 - 13:0012.10.2021 - 14.12.2021Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue09:00 - 13:0016.11.2021FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workhop
Tue09:00 - 12:0023.11.2021Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue09:00 - 13:0030.11.2021FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workshop
Tue09:00 - 13:0011.01.2022FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workshop
Tue09:00 - 13:0018.01.2022FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workshop
Tue09:00 - 12:0025.01.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Game Design - Single appointments
Tue12.10.202109:00 - 13:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue19.10.202109:00 - 13:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue09.11.202109:00 - 13:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue16.11.202109:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workhop
Tue23.11.202109:00 - 12:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue30.11.202109:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workshop
Tue07.12.202109:00 - 13:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue14.12.202109:00 - 13:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop
Tue11.01.202209:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workshop
Tue18.01.202209:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) workshop
Tue25.01.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse workshop

Examination modalities

evaluation is based on the quality of student's handed-in work at the end of the semester as well as the engagement and initiative during the semester

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.09.2021 09:00 04.10.2021 23:59


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