By the end of the semester, you will have you will have created a Beta version of a PC game
or App game (pending engine use) title complete with instruction manual, box, and other associated marketing materials. You will do this by acting, in some capacity, as part of a development team working through the various stages of a Game Development Cycle.
Textbooks: Required: Available in the bookstore or online
v Game Theory and Practice by Richard Rouse III (2nd Ed) (ISBN: 9-78155-62291-21)
v Game Writing: narrative skills for videogames by Chris Bateman (ISBN: 1-5845-490-0)
v The Game production handbook by Heather Chandler (ISBN: 1-58450-416-1)
Lateness will not be tolerated; there is a 3-4 minute window but do not make a habit of it, parking is a bad situation, so please be prepared for it. If you are late more than twice it will count as one absence. Any more than two (2) absences will result in failure of the course as is CCC policy, choose your absences wisely, if you are absent the day of an exam a zero (0) grade will be given for that quiz/exam. Breaks should be taken based on need and will be given during class and attendance will be taken after breaks. Meals should be planned around class and breaks should NOT be treated as lunch/breakfast, no food or drinks are allowed in the lab. (Example: 1 absence 2 lateness=failure; 1 absence 1 lateness=safe; 4 lateness=failure; 3 lateness 1 absence=failure)
Plagiarism/Piracy-The Jungle Book Clause
Students found cheating on exams or plagiarizing on documents will automatically fail this course. Any student caught using a piece of software or music illegally is also subject to automatic failure of the course as well as any actions deemed necessary by the college. Any plagiarism on the GDD will result in higher disciplinary action leading to but not limited to expulsion.
All class projects should avoid topics regarding sex, religion and gratuitous violence and gore. If this causes uncertainty with your projects, please see me for clarification.
Grade Breakdown-Including but not limited to:
v Productivity/Communication 30%
v Attendance 30%
v Projects/Milestones 30%
v Team Dynamic Grade 10%
v A 100%-90%
v B 89%-80%
v C 79%-70%
v D 69%-64%
v F 63%-0%
Prod/Comms-You will be graded onyour overall participation, productivity and communication as exhibited through your classroom participation, your REQUIRED Bi- Weekly Status updates that are to be finished each Wednesday and Sunday throughout the semester no later than 11:59pm and no earlier than 4pm the previous day (Windows are Tues-4pm to Wed 11:59pm and Sat 4pm to Sun 11:59pm). You will be required to communicate via text format what tasks you performed, what tasks you have planned and any obstacles you may have. Your peers will also be holding each other accountable for productivity and communication on a weekly basis. Exams and additional assignments will be factored into this grade as well.
Attendance-Your classroom attendance will be factored in conjunction with your REQUIRED team/section meetings that will occur a minimum of 17 times per semester, per student, 2 of which must have all team members in attendance (All Hands). Please see below for more details. Any and all events that occur during your term will be factored in as well. Certain events on and off campus will give students an opportunity to make up points.
Project/Milestones-You shall be given detailed information in lecture on each of these areas as the semester progresses. All assignments are required to be turned in on the due date only. If any build/assignment is not complete and presented within 15 minutes of the class start time a Zero (0) grade will be recorded for that portion of the grade.
If you would like to meet, I recommend that you set up an appointment at least 3 days in advance. Otherwise it would be best to contact me via email or to leave a message with Kim Reitano outside of my normally scheduled hours. Anytime I do have a class you may consider this to be an open lab for yourself pending space. Tutoring is available on the third floor of the library (http://www.camdencc.edu/tutoring/) 856-227-7200 ext. 4275.
Meetings will be held by your section/team throughout the semester starting after the first class. Your team will be responsible for holding at least 2 team meetings and you will be responsible for attending a total of 15 section/team meetings outside of class throughout the semester. You as an individual will responsible for a total of 17 meetings to attend in the 15 weeks of the semester. These meetings are held for you to work as a group and you will be expected to work during these meetings. I will request that these meetings are held here on campus giving you the optimal chance for productivity. Attendance will be taken at the meetings and the meetings must be scheduled for at least 2.5 hours. The producer is responsible for setting the team meetings and agendas and the department heads are responsible for setting the section meetings and agendas. There will be weeks where doubled-up meetings to happen possible three meetings in one week. Your flexibility is necessary to make these meetings happen as they are imperative to completing your project and they do impact your grade. Meetings are not allowed to be scheduled on the same day as class.
You will be required to make bi weekly status updates every week of the semester (including weeks we do not have class). They are to be a summary of the work you as an individual did that week for the team’s project. They must be communicated in a professional manner and should be completed using proper GUM (Grammar, Usage & Mechanics). They should not include frivolous or personal information and should include your attendance to any meeting that may have happened that week. This information should also include any team member who does not seem to be doing anything, I don’t mean for the negativity to be thrown around in any way, but more of a peer accountability status to begin within the group. This is a team project, please keep that in mind. If you are unable to post or produce a report a “buddy” system should be developed to make sure your work can be represented because, again, these assignments impact your grade.
Internet/Social media section
Most assignments and class participation may be done through Facebook or the Game Design Guild website. Each student is required to create a user name or use your existing account to communicate within the class in this online environment. Extra credit and reminders will be given through this medium throughout the semester. This is a private (to students only) area but please be aware of anything you may post and please remember to sign out before you leave class for the day.
If you wish to watch/listen to anything during lab times you will be required to supply your own headphones or not listen to anything at all. I reserve the right to play music/videos during lab for general use but anyone who abuses the lab in this capacity will receive points off.
During lecture internet use is prohibited, unless otherwise instructed, as I expect your full attention. I do not use handouts for all assignments as some are given during lecture only and notes are expected to be taken. Headphones should not be in your ears during the lecture portion of class unless required medically (proof will be required).
Public Discussion-Also known as the Hample Clause
Any work involving class projects or activities (Attendance to events as a class or team) cannot be discussed in public and/or online areas or arenas without a review from your instructor. This includes blogging, FB updates and tweeting as well as posting on forums. The review process could be as little as a conversation or email but please do not do anything to discredit any student or professional ties with any outside affiliate to the college or the instructors. These relationships take years in some cases to develop and could be condemned with a sentence or a small statement. If you have a question in regards to this policy please ask for clarity.
Acceptable Use policy of Camden County College-The Mason Clause http://www.camdencc.edu/oit/GuidetoAcceptableUseofTechBOOKLET1.htmI would like to highlight the following from the policy.
3.9 Use of e-mail, voice mail or other technology to harass, threaten, or disrupt classes is prohibited.
3.10 Viewing, mailing, or posting of pornographic material and/or use of profanity is not an acceptable use and may constitute harassment as defined by the College’s Sexual Harassment policy.
3.11 Certain facilities may have computing policies that prohibit all game playing.
3.12 Students’ use of resources in all computing facilities (such as the computer system, printer, compilers and peripherals) is restricted to the requirements of their specific class. Students’ use of all computing resources and facilities is not for commercial use.
3.13 Any attempt to intentionally circumvent system security, introduce a virus, use another user’s password, access confidential information, or in any way attempt to gain unauthorized access to local or network resources is forbidden.
3.14 The owner of a digital device (such as a laptop or PDA) connected directly to the College network is responsible for the behavior of users on that device and for all network traffic to and from that device. The owner may use that device on the College network; however, the use is subject to all of the College policies on the use of the network.