|Instructor||David Wallace Croft|
|Title||Computer Game Development|
|Time||Mondays 19:00 - 21:45|
|Location||HRA 102 PC|
An introduction to computer game development using the Java programming language. Topics will include sprite animation, game architecture, and Web-based deployment. Students will be required to design, develop, and deploy computer games independently and as members of a team.
|Prerequisite||Experience with a computer programming language, Java preferred.|
Java 1.4 Game Programming plus material provided by instructor.
|5%||Web Deployment Exercise|
|25%||Individual Project #1|
|25%||Individual Project #2|
|14%||Attendance (1% per lecture)|
|1%||Best Team Project Award|
Grades will be based upon attendance, timely completion of assignments, and project quality.
Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade each week that they are overdue unless excused. Students will not be permitted to participate in the Team Project until they have completed the previous assignments.
To receive attendance points, students must be present during roll call. No excuses will be permitted for the attendance grade. Students must attend a minimum of 50% of the lectures to pass the course.
The Best Team Project Award will be granted by the instructor.
|2003-01-13||01||Demonstrations and Development Setup|
|2003-01-27||02||Frameworks and Web Deployment|
|2003-02-17||05||Individual Project Presentations & Design/Code Reviews|
|2003-02-24||--||Class canceled due to inclement weather|
Data and Persistence
"How to Do Stuff Cheap", John Hattan, The Code Zone
|2003-03-24||08||Individual Project Presentations & Design/Code Reviews|
|2003-04-14||11||Java Media APIs|
|2003-04-28||13||Team Project Presentations and Postmortems|
The basic topics will be presented during the first two-thirds of the course when the first and second individual assignments come due. Knowledge of the basic topics will be sufficient to complete the individual and team assignments. Advanced topics will be presented in the final third of the course when the students are engaged in the team project. These advanced topics such as networking, artificial intelligence, performance optimization, and emerging standards will not be required knowledge in order to complete the assignments.
Web Deployment Exercise
Individual Project #1
The first two individual assignments should be confidence builders. Students are advised that they should keep the games simple and do the minimum required to demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts such as sprite animation. For the first assignment, I will provide students with a framework which they will modify to create their first game.
Individual Project #2
25% + 1%
|Name||David Wallace Croft|
|Job Title||Lecturer I|
I am available immediately after class for student consultation. Frequently I will be available in my office at other times as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me for an appointment or simply drop by.
|Office Phone||(972) 883-2205|
|Home Phone||(214) 731-9284|
David Wallace Croft earned his B.Sc. from the United States Air Force Academy in 1990 and his M.Sc. from the California Institute of Technology in 1995. In 1996 he joined an online multiplayer Java game Internet start up and has been programming in Java exclusively ever since. He formerly served as the President of the Silicon Valley Java Users Group and is the Founder of the Game Developers Java Users Group. He is currently writing a book on Java game programming.
|19:00||Roll Call and Lecture|
|19:55||5 Minute Break|
|20:55||5 Minute Break|
Students are encouraged to prompt the instructor if a break is overdue.
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Disability Services facilitates the delivery of academic accommodations for students with disabilities. All new and returning students needing this service should contact Kerry Tate at 972-883-2098 before classes begin each semester, and should provide that office with a copy of their class schedule once registration is complete.