High-Level Games Development
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
08 May 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC G610 Computer Games,
BSC G612 Computer Games (Including Year Abroad),
BSC I610 Computer Games (Including Placement Year)
This module teaches the main programming and modelling techniques required to implement a non-trivial 3D game. The module has a significant laboratory content and the practical aspects will be taught using a game development platform.
No previous game development experience is needed, although having object-orientated programming knowledge is strongly advised (all programming will be done in C#).
The aims of this module are to show the modelling techniques required to implement a 3D game via signficant laboratory content demonstrated using a game development platform. Object-orientated programming is used throughout.
After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the software architecture of 3D game
2. Design and implement a 3D game
3. Implement AI behaviours for bots or non-player characters
4. Design and implement graphic effects
5. Design and implement game objects (e.g. weapon systems)
6. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced techniques in game development.
- Recap of essential mathematics for 3D games, and how to implement the associated routines, and to use them in existing libraries
- Software architecture for games
- Game content and the content pipeline
- 3D modelling and simulation. Physics modelling. Detecting and reacting to collisions. Lighting and cameras. Scene graphics.
- Game mechanices
- The game loop
- Case study: from design to implementation of a complete 3D game.
- Efficiency tuning
- Tips and tricks for ensuring your game meets the require frame rate
- Analysis of inefficient program code and how to fit it.
Lectures and Laboratories
This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Progress Test 1 - Week 6
||Progress Test 2 - Week 11
||Assignment - Part 1
||Assignment - Part 2
||Lab Exercises throughout the term
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Joseph Walton-Rivers
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770
Dr Jeremy Ian Hiller Gow
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 18 (50%) hours available to students:
18 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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