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How to Teach Game Design: A Fundamentals Class

Eric Zimmerman  (Arts Professor, NYU Game Center)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Educators Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

This session unpacks a single course in detail: the introductory game design class that every new MFA student at the NYU Game Center takes. The course (and the talk) offers several frames for understanding how to design games: as sets of rules, as the human experience of play, as storytelling systems, or as designed culture. The session will offer key design concepts and hands-on exercises that explore each of these topics, all of which can be brought into your own design practice or program.


The talk will cover a broad range of topics, from formal systems design to narrative game design to designing games as cultural interventions. For each of these topics, detailed exercises and methods will be described that you can bring into your own practice.

Intended Audience

This session is for students, instructors and also working game designers. Teaching game design is a way into understanding game design itself. Through examining a game design class in detail, the session lays out key issues for game designers working across a range of genres and platforms.