Interdisciplinary Game Studio CS327

This is the official course website for Interdisciplinary Game Studio, CS 327, taught by Ira Fay at Hampshire College in Fall 2017.

If you are a student interested in taking this class and seek instructor permission, please do the following:
  • Attend class on the first day
  • Come prepared to share a link to your portfolio of work for whatever role you seek (programmer, artist, game designer, producer, audio designer, etc.)

    I will survey the class on the first day and make final enrollment decisions before the second class meeting. If you don't get in, you should still have time to find another optiont during the Add/Drop period.

    Basic Info

    The most important documents for this class are the syllabus and weekly schedule. They contain useful information, and you are expected to know what they contain.

    Class Sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am - 11:50am, ASH 112
    Lab Session: Fridays 1pm - 4pm, ASH 126
    Professor: Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216,
    Office Hours: By appointment. A sign up sheet is available digitally.
    Course Slack Channel: Hampshire Game Dev (sign up here, then click "Channels" on the left nav and choose #cs327)


    Project details will be posted here when they are available.

    Assignment 1

    Useful Links

    Portfolio Folder (open only for a short time - will close at noon on Thursday, 9/7)

    Void Game Design Document (GDD)

    Intellectual Policy (IP) Agreement

    List of Roles

    Bonus Info

    Email Lists
    If you want to know about Game Development at Hampshire and in the Five Colleges, join the Game Development email list. You may also want to join the Game Jobs or Game Jam email lists. Programmers might want to join the Computer Science list, and artists might want to join the Animation list. In fact, you might just want to browse all the lists at Hampshire and find lists that appeal to you.

    Game Library
    We are fortunate that the Hampshire library has an ever-growing collection of board games and digital games. Students, staff, and faculty members have access to this great resource. Please make use of it, and feel free to give feedback to Ira on your experience.

    GlowLime Games
    GlowLime Games is a student group focused on facilitating game development among students in the Five College area. They are an amazing resource, and anyone interested in game development should check them out. You can pitch your own ideas and/or contribute to other games.

    Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD)
    The Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD) meetup group is another great resource and community for game developers in the area.

    The Quarters
    The Quarters is an incredible arcade + restaurant. They have my full support, and their food is excellent and reasonably priced. If anyone beats my high score on Arkanoid, please let me know.

    Game Gatherings

    Game Stores
    For some projects or just general fun, it may be useful for you to be aware of nearby boardgame stores.

    Previous Survey Links

    Final Survey

    Week 7 Survey

    Week 4 Survey

    Week 1 Survey

    First Survey