Harvard University’s Free Game Development Course Starts Today

Want to get into game development? Check out Harvard University’s free online game development course, which starts today.

Harvard University and online learning platform edX don’t charge a penny for the course, which runs for 12 weeks and requires a commitment of 6-9 hours. In particular, it explores ‘classic’ games such as Super Mario Bros., Pong, Flappy Bird, Breakout, Match 3, Legend of Zelda, Angry Birds, Pokémon, Dreadhalls, Portal and 3D Helicopter Game. No, we’ve never heard of 3D Helicopter Game either, but there’s more than a few major titles in that list.

The course, dubbed “CS50’s Introduction to Game Development” is ranked at ‘intermediate’ difficulty. It covers frameworks and languages like Unity, Love 2D, Lua and C# so there is some programming involved. It’s not the first time the course has been delivered, and it’ll be taught by two instructors, one a Harvard University technologist, the other a Computer Science professor from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering.

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So what’s the catch? Not an awful lot, for a course that’s essentially free. If you want an accredited certificate you’ll have to pay £142 but if you just want the knowledge and don’t care about a qualification you can skip that. And you shouldn’t count on personal attention from the tutors since there are nearly 400,000 people enrolled on the course!

But if you want to get your foot in the door of game development, you could do a lot worse. You can find out more here and, if it’s up your street, click through to enrol.