Gaming Courses Entering Mainstream

By Deane Barker on September 24, 2005

More colleges offer gaming theory courses: The thing about this is that you’ll see them concentrated at specific colleges. No one takes a course on game engineering casually or out of curiosity. My alma mater, for instance, couldn’t add a single course of game theory and see it do well. You sort of have to go big, or not at all.

In Shawn Lawson’s classroom, they learn how to digitally animate a ball bouncing through a flaming hoop.

“We need to give him a real squish when he lands,” Lawson advises his Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students.

[…] Animation I, Cognition and Gaming and Computer Music are being offered as part of the year-old minor in game studies at RPI, one of dozens of schools that have added courses or degree programs related to video gaming in recent years.

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