Today we will learn to think about games as systems, and the different systems that go into making games.
Introducing the MDA framework
What’s the MDA Framework? Learn all about Mechanics, Dynamics, and Aesthetics in this video and how you can add it to your game designer toolkit.
MDA Framework Activity
Let’s get rolling and identify the Aesthetics, Dynamics, and Mechanics for one of your favorite games. Feeling like a challenge? Try and use the same framework to design a game from scratch.
Games as Complex Systems
A great way to break down games is to approach them as systems. In this video you’ll see how a system flow diagram effectively can map a game out.
System Flow Diagrams
Get your hands dirty by creating a system flow diagram for Tetris or a game of your choice. This activity will push you to think systemically around games you play and design!
Extension - Player Psychology
But what about the player? These last videos of the day will get you thinking about player psychology and skill, choice, and flow.