Game Design

Hello RHS Students, this will be the first year teaching a gaming course. I am very much looking forward to this new curriculum! It’s going to be a great year.

Detailed Course Description / GPS Standards

Georgia Virtual Curriculum Guide

Game Design Calendar – Fall

Software Learning Channels:   Maya | What is Unity | Learn Unity | Blender  CodeHS:   Intro to VR Game Design on 
Fall Semester
Grow a Game website
Grow a Game Apprentice Instructions

  • What is the narrative of a game?
  • What is the ultimate goal of a game?
  • Are there any societal values or redeeming outcomes?
  • What are the rules of a game?  How do they impact the ultimate goal?
  • What are different game strategies?
  • Single player vs multi-player vs “playing against the house?”
  • What are the tools, pieces, players in a game?
  • What are the different game theories?
  • Physical Games vs Digital games?
  • Role playing games vs business games?
  • Las Vegas games?
  • And, “the game of life!?”
  • Please use the whitePaper-briefTemplateX for all briefs written for this class!

*Note:  No brief should exceed one page of information!

Wikipedia – What is a game? A “starting point” only!


  • What games they produce
  • Number of games sold
  • This year’s earnings
  • Are they publicly traded (aka a stock on NYSE?)
  • Home office location
  • Why you think they are so successful
  • A blurb showing job add for entry level hire for each company.
  • *Use whitePaper/brief template again
  • whitePaper-briefTemplateX


  • What are the top 5 game development software platforms?  Please include Maya, Unity, Blender, and two others of note!
  • What features do they offer?
  • Are they free / how much do they cost?
  • What are the notable games built with each platform?
  • Which development tool/platform gets the highest review comments for ease of use, available add-ons, etc.
  • Which would be your favorite to use?  And, why?
  • whitePaper-briefTemplateX


  • First off, “What is Ludology?”  Define and explain.
  • Using “Game Narrative” as a starting point, explain why SO MANY games are rated “M” and present violent scenarios.
  • Why is demand so high for violent game titles?
  • Then answer the question, “Do games cause violent behavior in society?”
  • Support your argument with at least 3 references.
  • Note that based on past briefs, I HIGHLY encourage you to write a brief that fills the WHOLE page!
  • *Use whitePaper/brief template again
  • whitePaper-briefTemplateX

Other WhitePaper/Brief Ideas

  • What is a “Gaming House” and how do they work?
  • How do Gamers make money?
  • What are the primary steps in the game development process?
  • What is a game narrative?  How does it fit into the model of Values / Challenges / Target Market?
  • What aspects of Math and Physics are necessary for game development?
  • How has augmented reality VR changed the future of game development?
  • whitePaper-briefTemplateX
Spring Semester   TBD…

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