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Intro to Game Design

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Intro to Game Design: Concepting in Mobile Game Development
Tuesday, January 14th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benjamin Berman, Software Engineer, Scopely

Learn tricks to design a multi-million dollar game at this class taught by Ben Berman, a lead game developer of two titles at the LA startup Scopely.

This class will focus on conceptual work and requires no programming experience. By the end, you'll have a "paper prototype" that helps you figure out if you have something fun—the most important part of game design.

These techniques are the basis of making the top-grossing, $1 million-a-day revenue apps in the Apple App Store.


Student Takeaways:

  • Learn how to build a paper prototype, or a physical, playable version of your game—no programming required
  • Learn how to design your game to a specific audience
  • Learn how to build around fun and making money
  • Learn how to communicate with artists, testers, and investors



  • Students do NOT need to know how to program.
  • Students should try playing as many mobile games as possible, like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Candy Crush, Fruit Ninja, Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride.
  • Students should try playing Clash of Clans and Mini Golf MatchUp, available for iOS and Android phones.
  • Please bring your phones and laptops.


About the Instructor:

Benjamin Berman is a game developer who led the delivery of three chart-topping titles at Scopely. He was an artist, animator and writer for the Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris. Scopely is an LA startup building free-to-play mobile games for iPhone and Android devices.


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General Assembly LA
1520 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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