HarvardX Offers Free Course on Introduction to Game Development

CS50's Introduction to Game Development

Learn about the development of 2D and 3D interactive games in this hands-on course, as you explore the design of games such as Super Mario Bros., Pokémon, Angry Birds, and more.

Self-Paced

About this course

In a quest to understand how video games themselves are implemented, you’ll explore the design of such childhood games as:

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Pong
  • Flappy Bird
  • Breakout
  • Match 3
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Angry Birds
  • Pokémon
  • 3D Helicopter Game
  • Dreadhalls
  • Portal

What you’ll learn

Via lectures and hands-on projects, the course explores principles of 2D and 3D graphics, animation, sound, and collision detection using frameworks like Unity and LÖVE 2D, as well as languages like Lua and C#. By class’s end, you’ll have programmed several of your own games and gained a thorough understanding of the basics of game design and development.
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