About the Course

Games for Good: Video Game Design & Social Justice

  • Grade 10+
  • CTY-Level
  • LIVE

In 2020, the video game industry generated over 159 billion dollars in revenue, eclipsing all other entertainment media. It takes years of production and a substantial development team to create immersive stories, exciting gameplay, and textured worlds.

The interactivity of video games uniquely puts players in the protagonists’ shoes, but with great power comes great responsibility. While video games are increasingly popular across all demographics, underrepresented characters are often absent or depicted simply as stereotypes.

Explore the process of developing video games through the lenses of diversity, equity and inclusion as you and your peers critically analyze interactive digital media, write original stories, discuss programmatic and mathematical logic, learn prototyping mechanics, and engage in beta testing.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week (1 hour class time, 3-4 hours independent work).
Summer Time Commitment: 12-15 hours per week (3 hours class time, 9-12 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Apply by August 30 to start:

Apply by August 30 to start:

Classes

Register for an Online course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.
Synchronous class meetings typically last about an hour.

 

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Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level Not required CTY-Level
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Course Prerequisites

Games for Good: Video Game Design & Social Justice requires:

1 prerequisite

Algebra 2

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

No physical supplies required but students will need to download three software tools. The instructor will be able to assist with any technical questions about the software:

  • Aseprite ($20)
  • Gadot Engine (Free)
  • Twine (Free)

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

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