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Learn the fundamentals of game design including storyboarding, prototyping, and game mechanics in this hands-on class in NYC. Gain the skills to create immersive and engaging games through practical projects and expert guidance.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in NYC have spots left, but 1 class live online is available.

3D Game Development Private (Ages 8-11)

Young Gates @ Interactive Live Online

Unlock the world of game design and coding for young minds with a fun and interactive workshop at Young Gates. Embark on a creative journey from concept to development, where students will learn to design and publish their 3D games. With exciting titles like "World of Giants" and "Dancing Deadpool," the possibilities are endless.

Beginner 8 - 11 years old
$150

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UX Design for Games

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

Create less frustrating in-game experiences with an understanding of UX design. Quality user experience (UX) design is crucial for avoiding mechanics, interfaces, and situations that frustrate players. What can we learn from UX design to make video games more usable, and therefore more fun? Catt Small, a UX Designer and game maker, will share ways to incorporate UX design techniques into the game-making process.  Design has become a major...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Intro to Game Character Design

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

Learn how to create game characters from Mokuni! Started out as a 3D artist, Kurt has been working in gaming industry for nearly 10 years. He has led Mokuni team to create many titles with compelling characters, including “Kitty in the Box” and “Food Conga”. In this class, he will start by introducing softwares and design methodology commonly used in the industry. Then walk through the pipeline being used at Mokuni. At the end of...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Educational Video Game Design: Best Practices

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

Use analogies and storytelling to make great educational video games: avoid the common pitfalls of literal interpretation and learn new ways to think creatively about curriculum design through games. How do you make an educational video game? Where do you even begin? And why are so many of these games so bad? In this discussion, led by educational video game designer Gabe Turow Ed.M., Ed.D., we will explore a variety of common educational design...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Writing Interactive Dialogue For Narrative Games

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

This is a hands-on writing class designed to help students improve their dialogue-writing skills and learn how to make dialogues interactive. A key component in narrative based games is the ability to engage characters in dialogues, which in some cases can alter the course of the story. Too often, however, dialogue in games is overlooked in favor of other elements. This writing workshop will cover the basics of writing believable dialogue, examine...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Educational Game Design Workshop

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

This is a bi-monthly game design workshop where students can bring their in-progress educational games for feedback and suggestions. Each class will address a cluster of topics in educational game design (game mechanics, UI/UX, pedagogy) but we will focus mostly on your goals and ideas. If you don't already have a game in development, we can work together to find a way to take whatever subject you are passionate about and find the game in that...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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$110

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Indie Game Trailers & Screenshots 101

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

You’ve made your game and filled with all of the art, sound and great design that you could stuff it with. To tell the world about your game you need two things: screenshots to grab people’s attention, as well as high quality videos to show them what your game is all about. It sounds simple, but just like game making, creating videos and screenshots that present your game in the best light can be tough, even if you know the basics of video/screen...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Game Design for Non-Programmers

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

The goal of this class is to demonstrate the variety of skill sets that are used in the game industry today, while focusing specifically on how UX designers can be a valuable resource for studios and game developers. Class Description A huge barrier to Game Design is the ability to code. In this session, we will talk about the ways in which a person can work on a game without touching code. Fundamentals in the design process, user testing,...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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How to Design a Puzzle Game

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

Students will leave with a high-level understanding of how our brains handle puzzles and a clear language of the range of properties of puzzle games. Class Description What makes a good puzzle game, and why? How do I make one and make it GOOD? Let's approach the art and science of puzzle game design through the unstoppably cool lens of human cognition. By framing the ways our brains solve problems, we’ll get a clear look into the fundamental components...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Designing Games for Impact

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

Learn to design socially meaningful and artistic games. Video games can change lives. Learn how to design socially meaningful and artistic games that touch upon real-life issues in various fields, from healthcare to education to training simulations.  Discover how to create memorable entertainment games by expressing themes that make players really think. Elevate your game to greatness. Featured Topics: Writing a Personal Credo The...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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NYC Games Forum: September Demo Night

Playcrafting NYC @ 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

The Games Forum is the place to see the newest independent games being built in Boston and network with the people who built them.  Each month, we get together to watch five awesome demos and eat pizza. We're doing it again this month at Microsoft. Join our community of game developers, designers, creatives, investors and more building across multiple platforms and genres.

(68) All levels 18 and older
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$9.43
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A Crash Course in Analog Game Design

Playcrafting NYC @ 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

If you’re a novice interested in designing any sort of game, be it a AAA MMORPG, an interactive theatre piece in a loft in Brooklyn, or a tiny card game for use in a classroom, this class is designed for you.  We will draw from a variety of sources to look at some of the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of game design, try out a few short titles, and spend the rest of the time conceptualising and prototyping and playtesting new analog...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Physical Gaming - Anything Can Be A Controller

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

At this point in the history of video game creation, developers and engineers have mastered the basic formula for input. Most controllers now feature one or more joysticks, a direction pad, and a number of buttons. As successful as this model is, it greatly limits interactivity between player and game. Developers are forced to utilize this input or require extra equipment, which deters them from creating their own controllers because of added cost...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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UI for Games

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

A good user interface provides relevant information to players that can define and augment the game experience. In this class, you will learn how to design effective game UI, in addition to basic UX principles. This class will ensure that your interface looks amazing and retains core functionality.  We will discuss and dissect several existing examples of good/bad interfaces before moving on to a live demo. Using Photoshop, the instructor will...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Info Session: 4 & 8 Week Game Courses

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

This info session will preview topics from our upcoming courses starting in September! Don't miss this opportunity to meet the instructors and find out more about the courses. Bring any questions or concerns you may have about signing up. 

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Pixel Art: From Start to Finish

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

Learn about the different art styles, how to become a pixel artist yourself and how to use it for your own games! This class will teach you all the basics you’ll ever need when it comes to pixel art. First, we’ll define what pixel art actually is: An aesthetic! An aesthetic that can have several different types of art styles. The most common art style techniques being black outlines, pillow shading, and/or dithering.  After we’ve defined...

(68) Beginner 18 and older
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World Development 101: Designing With Intent

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

How to develop your own IP using a concept design pipeline. This class is for anyone who may be interested in world building using production illustrations and concept design. It will cover the basics of visual development, along with what you may need to consider when pitching or creating a product (be it a book, game or film). Featured Topics: Budget + Time (scope of a project) Genre + Target audience Storytelling What makes a strong...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Simplifying AI Prototyping in Unity

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

Artificial Intelligence can produce amazing results in games and brings (mostly) sensible and believable behaviours for your characters. Of course, how do you get around it and start implementing the behaviours for your game? Do you need to code a complex​framework just to build it? What about visualizing your AI when running it after you’ve coded it? These are the usual questions when developing AI that’s custom to your...

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Getting Started in Unreal Engine 4

Playcrafting NYC @ 11 Times Square, New York, NY

The Unreal Engine has been used since 1998 to make hundreds of incredible games of every imaginable style and genre. From Batman to Rocket League, Mortal Kombat and more, this is the software that the industry’s biggest developers have used to make the most popular games that keep us coming back for more. Learning a new software can be a daunting task. But no Fear! This class will guide you through Unreal’s interface and introduce you to its...

(68) Beginner 18 and older
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Concept Art Portfolio Prep

Ashcan Digital Academy

This intermediate to advance course consists of 72 intensive classes. Though Instructor mentorship, you will research and write a brief description of a storyline and develop various concept ideas, to create environments and the characters who live in the created environments. The course culminates with a complete industry standard portfolio for animation, game design and concept design. Curriculum The Concept Art Program is one of our portfolio...

(1) Advanced 13 and older
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