Home | ET13 - Game Prototyping (2D for Casual and Mobile Games using Game Maker) - Fall 2018



David Javelosa

Office Hours - CMD 220:
Mon. 5:00p-7:00pm online
Thurs. 12:40-1:40pm

www.smcdesigntech.org, www.smconline.org

#2400  2 p.m.-5:05 p.m. W   CMD 207

Copyright 2001-2019, David Javelosa unless otherwise stated.

course notes


Week 01

Syllabus, electronic, mobile and casual Game technology & history

Week 02

Game Maker introduction, the basic componants

Week 03

More Game Maker; sprite features, behaviors, GIF animation, rollover changes

Week 04

Bringing sound into software projects, Audacity


Week 05

Hotspots, navigation, custom object structures, two approaches to interactive

Week 06

Scoring, health, and life

Week 07

Making runtime files and stand-alone games; title screen

Week 08


Week 09

Development Process, Design Documentation, More Game Maker Actions

Week 10

Interface, Health, Timing and Tiles

Week 11

Asset Repurposing, Game Maker Language & Randomization

Week 12

More Scripting Examples

Week 13

Rapid Prototyping - Bad Game Design - Sound Functions

Week 14

DESIGN DOCUMENT DUE, Cross Discipline Creativity, Rapid Prototyping cont. Introduction to MIDI technology for game music

Week 15

MIDI files for Game Maker; Scripting: Beyond Behaviour Library, PROJECT DISCUSSION

Week 16



course assignments


Course Description:


This computer-based course is focused on the design and implementation of successful prototypes for gaming platforms and the Internet. Students will learn the fundamentals of software authoring for these platforms including interactive story telling, navigation metaphors, technical constraints, gaming basics, and usability. Students will gain experience working with media (text, graphics, animation, video, and audio), using authoring environments, and writing scripts to control interactivity. Students will design and implement game and software titles that can be included in their portfolios.

Upon successful completion of the arranged hours, students will be able to practice applying the software authoring process

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:


Design effective game prototypes.


Create game engines using visual authoring tools and writing scripts.


Describe the duties of the various members of a game development team.


Define the software design process.


Analyze and describe the game software production process.


Identify and assess production goals and requirements.


Analyze and evaluate technical constraints and how they affect interactive entertainment design.

  Arranged Hours Objectives:

  Upon successful completion of the arranged hours, students will be able to practice applying the software authoring process

Student Learning Outcomes:



Create, design and develop an effective, original game prototype.


Apply the software authoring process used in the interactive entertainment industry to an individual project.



Prior exposure to electronic gaming - Advisory: ET42
Basic proficiency in Photoshop or similar graphic applications.
Completion of a computer literacy course or equivalent - Advisory: ET11

Recommended Skills::

Computer literacy course or equivalent. Familiarity with PC and OS, including files and folders, launching applications, opening and saving, cut, copy, and paste, use of the desktop, and an understanding of basic applications such as word processing. Computer novices are obligated to take serious measures to gain basic competency outside of this class.

UNITS: 3.0

Arranged Hours: This course requires 2 hours a week of arranged lab hours. They can be done off-site.




Game Design Workshop: Designing, Playtesting and Prototyping Games, Fullerton, Tracy; Swain, Christopher and Hoffman, Steve, CMP Publishing, February 2004.
 Unity Game Development in 24 Hours, Tristem, Ben; Geig, Mike; SAMS/Pearson Publishing 2016
 Classic Game Design with Unity; Lanzinger, Franz ; Mercury Publishing 2014

OPTIONAL (if available):

 Sound and Music for Multimedia by David Javelosa, M&T Books/IDG Press

Materials and Supplies:


You will need electronic media to backup and transport your work. Assignments and projects will be turned in on CD-rom, or electronically to the DROPBOX server if a reasonable size. All written assignments MUST be handed in as hard copy. All original illustration is to be computer printed or photocopied. No hand-done original work will be accepted. Reports must be professionally presented for a higher grade.

Methods of Presentation:

Lecture, discussion, demonstrations, hands-on projects, in-class computer lab

Methods of Evaluation:

Grading is determined by participation and the timely completion of all assignments, projects and exams. Assignments and projects will be judged on technical execution and/or mastery of the underlying concepts. All coursework submitted must be original, completed solely by you.. Full attendance is especially necessary since the projects must reflect successful solutions to the design issues raised in class. A pattern of late arrivals to class may result in a lowered grade or being dropped after 2 missed classes. Assignments must be turned in on time, or the grade will be lowered. Final projects that are submitted late will NOT be accepted.

Students will be graded according to the originality of their approach to the medium, competence in planning, as well as, overall understanding and progress demonstrated in assignments, projects, tests and discussions. Projects are due on the date listed on the syllabus.

To receive full credit, all assignments are due on time. Students are responsible for submitting all work on time regardless of absence. Emailing late assignments is NOT allowed. A late assignment may be submitted in class one week after the due date with one grade drop. No assignments will be accepted after that. Students must complete 75% of the coursework, including the final project, to pass the course. Final projects that are submitted late will NOT be accepted.






Superior performance. Excellent achievement and craftsmanship in all work. Performs beyond course requirements.




Above average performance. Consistent progress and craftsmanship. Meets all course requirements.




Average performance. Minimum time and effort spent on coursework. Fulfills basic course requirements.




Uneven performance. Minimal output and improvement in work. Requirements are only partially fulfilled.



60% and below

Fails to meet a minimum of performance levels. Does not exhibit achievement or progress.




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Students are responsible for withdrawing from a class and must not expect faculty to initiate withdrawal procedures for them. If you wish to drop this class, you may do so through the Admissions section of the SMC website,http://www.smc.edu/EnrollmentDevelopment/Admissions/Pages/default.aspx.

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The sixteen week schedule is provided below for your information.  Click here for the complete schedule including 8 week sessions.


Mon. Aug. 27th, 2018

Students can enroll themselves into open classes until the night before the second class meeting (except online, hybrid and arranged hour classes).



Mon. Sept. 3rd, 2018

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Mon. Nov. 19th, 2018


Thur. & Fri. Nov 22 & 23, 2018


Fri. Dec. 3rd, 2018

Fall Semester Final Exams.

Dec. 11th - 19th, 2018

End of Fall Semester.

Tues. Dec. 18th, 2018

Final Dates

#2400  2 p.m.-5:05 p.m. W   CMD 207

Dec 12th 2018


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et13 assignments


Assignment Submission Guidelines:


-Writing assignments

2 hard copy print outs (one to turn in, one to keep for class reference). Diagrams should be done on and printed from computer and securely attached. Work should be stapled or bound in a professional manner. Original illustration should be photocopied or computer printed. NO hand drawn originals!! Cover should display the date, your name, the assignment and the name of the project.


-Digital assginments:

Delivered on CDROM or if small enough should be placed in the server DROP BOX under the instructor's name, the class ET13, and the appropriate section and class assignment. The project files should be in a directory/folder with your name. Projects should be submitted as a Gamemaker file AND a .EXE runtime file. ALWAYS MAKE BACKUPS!!!!!

OR Unity file directory.

Week 01 Assignment

Read Syllabus


Week 02 Assignment 


- Storyboard included

Week 04 Assignment 



Midterm Project Presentations & Hand-in

-          a new title concept
-          background, sprites and graphic elements 
-          audio
-          Storyboard - navigation map

Week 11 Assignment 



Design Documents Hand-in

  1. -          project title concept
  2. -          show navigation and sequence
  3. -          satisfy list of design elements
  4. -          chart main game mechanic
  5. -          proof of concept with examples


Week 14 Assignment 


Final Project Presentations & Hand-in

-          new title demo based on project document & class work
-          contain title page, play scene, credits
-          be able to play your title!


Copyright 2001-2019, David Javelosa unless otherwise stated.