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Videogame Theory and Review

Code 13815
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload T(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Game Design
Entry requirements Not applied
Mode of delivery In presence
Work placements no
Learning outcomes To promote critical consciousness on videogame design.
To enable the student to know more about both the history and the aesthetic of videogames.
The student must learn concepts of theory and review.
To keep approaches of critical thinking and videogame theory familiar to the student.

. What is a Game? (Martinho)
. From Idea to Game Concept (Adams)
. Principles of Game Design (Bates)
. History And Typologies (Herz)
. PR, Presentation And Message (Steinberg)
. Desígning a Brand Identity (Wheeler)
. Visual And Spatial Thought (Crawford)
. Experience Engine And Interface (Sylvester)

. Interface, Code And Aesthetic (Meyers)
. Games And Space-Time (Richards)
. Technology, Self And Cultural Transformation (Gergen)
. Modelling, Focus, Empathy, Imagination, Motivation And Review (Schell)
. The Art of Videogame Review (IGN, Borlongan, Chapman, Takahashi)
Main Bibliography Adams, E. (2010). Fundamentals of Game Design. 2nd edition. US: New Riders / Pearce Education, pp.64 e 67.
Bates, B. (2004). Capitulo 1 – Principios de Game Design in “Game Design”. 2nd Edition. Thomson Course. Boston, Masschussets, US: Premier Press.
Borlongan, J. (21 de Fevereiro de 2017). How to Write a Video Game Review. In Pen And The Disponível em
Chapman, M. (1 de Maio de 2016). How to Review a Video Game. In Level Skip. Disponível em
Collins, K. (2008). Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Crawford, C. (2013). Chapter1 – The Tyranny of The Visual; Spatial Thinking in “On Interactive Storytelling”. 2nd Edition. US: New Riders.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria 1. Two works of review about a videogame with 5 pages long in individual regime (25% the final score each). Date of delivery: November 2, December 7. (STRUCTURE: concepts, features, narrative, visual style).

2. Practical and Theoretical work in group regime (50%) . 15 pages with APA references to be included. Date of delivery: January 11. (STRUCTURE: concepts, features, narrative, visual style, external references, theoretical background).

Student may only skip without proof 20% of classes, beyond special situations.

We highlight the use of computers online to complete the learning alone. Digital tools are to be supervised by the teacher.

There is no Exam in this course.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-09-23

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