Overview of Weekly Schedule

Textbook shorthand names (used below):
Unity - "Unity 2017 Game Development Essentials" by Tommaso Lintrami
LevelUp - "Level Up!" by Scott Rogers
Novak - "Game Development Essentials" by Jeannie Novak

Week Lecture Topic Recommended Reading Homework
11/27 - 12/1   3D Modeling with Blender, and  
Texturing with Blender  
class notes and slides Hwk #6 due Tues.,
Hwk #7 assigned Tues.,
continue Final Project
11/20 - 11/21   Start on 3D Modeling with Blender, and
Happy Thanksgiving!
class notes and slides continue with Hwk #6 and Final Project
11/13 - 11/17   Collisions and Triggers in Unity, and  
Discuss the remainder of the semester, including Final Project
Unity game mechanics instructions,  
pp. 99-102, 283-289 (Unity)
Midterm Proj. due Tues., 
Hwk #6 assigned Tues.  
Final Project assigned Thurs.
11/6 - 11/10   Gameplay Elements and Challenges Level 12 (LevelUp), 
Chaps. 6 (Novak)
continue with Midterm Proj. and Hwk #5 due Tues.  
10/30 - 11/3   Finish Wall Shooter,  
Intro to Audio in games (and Unity)
Chap. 2 (Unity) continue with Midterm Proj. and Hwk #5
10/25 - 10/27   Continue with Wall Shooter and Aspects of Programming Languages Chap. 2 (Unity) Midterm Proj., initial draft due Thurs.,
Hwk #5 assigned Thurs.
10/16 - 10/20   Start on Wall Shooter and Aspects of Programming Languages Chap. 2 (Unity) Hwk #4 due Thurs.
10/9 - 10/13   Finish Storylines and Narrative in Games,  
Character Development in Games,  
Began discussing Midterm Project
Level 3 (LevelUp), 
Chaps. 3-4 (Novak)
Hwk #4 assigned Tues.,  
Midterm Proj. assigned Thurs.
10/2 - 10/6   Storylines and Narrative in Games  
In-class example for "Hero's Journey" story structure
Level 3 (LevelUp), 
Chaps. 3-4 (Novak)
Hwk #3 due Tues.  
9/25 - 9/29   Goals, Motivations, and Demographics of Video Game Players, Richard Bartle's player types Chaps. 3-4 (Novak), 
Level 2 (Unity
Hwk #3 assigned Tues.  
9/18 - 9/22   Finish Unity level (scene) editing, and  
Start on Goals, Motivations, and Demographics of Video Game Players
Chap. 6 (Unity), 
Chaps. 3-4 (Novak), 
Level 2 (Unity
Hwk #2 due Thurs.  
9/11 - 9/15   Getting Started with Unity - Terrain Editing, Water, Character Controllers, and the Asset Store   Chap. 6 (Unity Hwk #2 assigned Thurs.  
9/5 - 9/8   History of Computer Games Level 1 (LevelUp), or
Chap. 3 (Novak
Hwk #1 due Tues.  
8/28 - 9/1   Intro to Game Design, and Video game genres   Level 1 (LevelUp), or
Chap. 3 (Novak
Hwk #1 assigned Tues.