DC 441 Storytelling for Video Games
Writing for videogames is a discipline that brings together fiction, dramatic writing and game design. The course will deal with the problematic relationship between storytelling and games. The discussion of theory and analysis of pre-existing games will be complemented with practical assignments, where students will tackle specific writing problems in a creative way. Basic programming knowledge will be useful but not required.
The goal of the course is encouraging students to bring innovation to videogame writing. The foundation of the course is the discussion of pre-existing works, identifying what they have achieved, and what problems arise from the interaction between storytelling and game design. These issues will be addressed creatively through a series of assignments, where the students will have to propose different practical solutions.
The course is based on analysis, participation and practical assignments. Students will be expected to read the corresponding articles and book chapters and play games in preparation for class discussions, as well as preparation for their assignments and project.
Grades will be based on:
- Class participation and in-class preparedness 20%
- Individual assignments 30%
- Game Analysis presentation 10%
- Story pitch 10%
- Team assignment 30%
- Grand total of 100 possible points. A=90+ B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F=59 or lower
As a student in the class, you have access to the CDM Gaming labs
. If you are working on an assignment, you have priority for the use of the lab hardware and software. Student ID is required to use the labs.
- As home assignments (i.e. presentations and design exercises) provide the basis for
particular units in the course, they cannot be submitted late. Assignments vary in
terms of effort they require, but since they are all equally important for the course, they
all count the same. Please note that missing an assignment means that you will not
be able to do the in-class exercise building upon it and will not get a grade for the in-class exercise either.
- Regular attendance is required to pass the course - not only does it affect the class participation grade, the different assignments also address issues that will be discussed in class. More than 3 unjustified absences will disqualify the student from passing the class.
- Please note that some of the main assignments for this class consist of in-class
presentation of your projects. Since these assignments require your presence on the
day of presentation, deadlines are fixed and extensions cannot be granted.
- Any written text is expected to be clear, spell-checked, and demonstrate a high proficiency in written English. The Writing Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from published writers about all types of academic, creative, and professional writing and oral presentations. Go to condor.depaul.edu/writing for more information and to set up appointments.
- Email: Email is the preferred means of communication between faculty and students
enrolled in this course outside of class time. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Plagiarism: It is your professional responsibility to ensure that all submitted work is
your own. Please read DePaul's policy on plagiarism and other academic integrity violations.
- Student rights: You have rights as a student. To learn about these rights please read
DePaul's policies for students regarding student rights.
- Incomplete: An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a
death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any
incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final and approved by
the Dean of the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information
Systems. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be
considered as valid reasons for such a request.
- Students with disabilities: If you feel you need an accommodation based on the impact
of a disability please contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. All
discussions will remain confidential. To ensure that you receive the most appropriate
accommodation based on your needs, contact me as early as possible in the quarter
(preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted
Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
Email is the primary means of communication between faculty and students enrolled in this course outside of class time. Students should be sure their email listed under "demographic information" at CampusConnect is correct.
This course will be subject to the academic integrity policy passed by faculty. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/
The university and school policy on plagiarism can be summarized as follows: Students in this course should be aware of the strong sanctions that can be imposed against someone guilty of plagiarism. If proven, a charge of plagiarism could result in an automatic F in the course and possible expulsion. The strongest of sanctions will be imposed on anyone who submits as his/her own work any assignment which has been prepared by someone else. If you have any questions or doubts about what plagiarism entails or how to properly acknowledge source materials be sure to consult the instructor.
An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.
Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Student Center, LPC, Suite #370
Phone number: (773)325.1677