All posts by Michael Macfadden

World Builder Asset

In this quest, you’ll use the World Builder Asset to rapidly build 3D terrain settings.

Product of Learning

In this quest, you will build a terrain setting that is navigable in Unity. You might choose to attempt the Google Cardboard quest after this one. Also be prepared to submit a reflection based on the questions at the bottom of this page.

World-Builder-Asset-BadgeResources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

Indie Game Review

In this quest, you will write a game review to promote an independently produced video game.

Product of Learning

You will write a game review and publish it to Medium.com. You must find a game that you like that is independently produced (basically any game that is not produced by a major studio), and then write a positive review for it to promote independent game developers. Write about the following:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

Medium-BadgeResources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

Video Game Podcast

In this quest, you will create an original video game themed podcast

Product of Learning

You must create an original Serialized podcast related to video games. I’d encourage you to interview professional game designers and developers to learn about their craft and path towards becoming employed in this competitive industry.

You will publish to your podcast to SoundCloud.

Podcast-BadgeResources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

2D Side Scroller

In this quest, you will build a 2D Side Scrolling game – think Super Mario Brothers on NES.

Product of Learning

In this quest, you must build a 2D Side Scrolling game. You may “fork” your shadow bots game if you’d like, or you can build something new from scratch. One suggestion is to consider using a silhouette effect for your characters to save time. One of the hardest parts of this game will be figuring out the camera script.

You will have to build your game for playability and complete the reflection below.

silhouette-game-badgeResources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

The Loughran Camera Script

Directions: Add the script below to your Main Camera. This script allows you to set minimum and maximum X, Y, and Z coordinates to a 2D side scroller to prevent the camera from moving to far left, right, up, and down. The script also adds a drift effect after your player stops moving.

Notice: if using unity’s 2D Standard Assets, deactivate the Camera2DFollow script on the main camera. The two do not work together.

 

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

20% Time

This quest will last all semester. It is inspired by Google’s once famous 20% time program in which employees could use 20% of their time to work on anything they wanted.

Twenty-Percent-Time-BadgeProduct of Learning

This one is a little different as each of you will choose something that is of interest to you. Broadly, I can say that whatever you turn in , it will must demonstrate a significant level of passion and effort.

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

Twitter Feed

This quest is a quick one – build a Twitter list of influential people in the video game industry: gamers, designers, bloggers, developers, etc.

Product of Learning

Your product of learning will be an Actual Twitter list that other people can subscribe to/follow. You will also complete the reflection below.

Twitter-List-BadgeResources

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

Rain Maker Asset

In this quest, you will add the “Rain Maker” asset to one of your unity games (I suggest your shadow bots game)

Product of Learning

Your product of learning should be either a link to your game (or a sample level), or a screencast video of the “Rain Maker” Asset in action.

Rain-Asset-BadgeResources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

GameJolt

In this quest, you must post one of your games to GameJolt.com – a website that’s like the YouTube of video games.

Product of Learning

You must post one of your games to this site. Be sure to include all fields in the upload process including appropriate art and video previews. Your goal is to get other people to play your game, so present yourself well and consider completing this task only once you’ve built a game that you are proud of.

Gamejolt-BadgeResources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

Media Inclusion

This quest is pretty open ended and has to do with sounds in video games – Music, SFX, and everything in between.

Product of Learning

Your product of learning could be a number of things including but not limited to:

  • An original song to be used in a game
  • A collection of original Sound Effects to be used in a game
  • A smaller # of original sounds actually included in a game that you built

You must be prepared to demonstrate how you went about recording your sounds/songs/ambient noises and present them in a website or digital portfolio.

SFX-BadgeResources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?

GBS Inspired Game

In this quest, you must produce a GBS inspired video game to promote our course and school spirit.

Product of Learning

You may choose to build a completely original game from scratch, you may mod a game that you have already built, or you may do something in between The purpose of this quest is to promote the Video Game Design course at GBS buy designing and building a GBS inspired Video Game.

You must submit a complete game to earn credit for this quest (remember, one button games like Flappy Bird, are considered complete games).

Resources

You are welcome to use any resources you want. The list below is simply a starting point and in no way represents a chronological list of steps. You WILL have to conduct research to figure out how this works.

Assets

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Reflection

Upon completion of this quest you must answer the following questions in any of the following ways: as a video log entry (post to YouTube), as a blog post via Medium.com), or as an essay via Google Docs (you may propose another response if you so choose).

  • What did you do (brief summary)?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was challenging?
  • What is the product of your learning (this can be an embedded screenshot or two, screencast (if doing video), or link to relevant content)?
  • What suggestions do you have for future students embarking on this challenge?