Jun 05, 2016
A 'must' for everyone! Entrepreneurship is something unique, is not for everyone but can be reached with some effort. A course that can be applied to all areas. Nice experience.
Jan 31, 2017
I am grateful to Coursera and MSU for this great leaning opportunity.Thanks Coursera and MSU for providing me such a great learning opportunity.Rafi Ud Din-Pakistan.
von Alex A•
Nov 26, 2018
While the quality of the lecturer/professor and content production remain high and engaging, this discipline's ROI, value, and learning potential are degrading rapidly.
This section seems almost entirely filler, and although I acknowledge that my opinion is partly due to myself not being the target market; the assignment sections don't really even match up with the course content. (i.e. what does creating a game-specific competitive analysis have to do with corporation structures and resume writing?). This was a catch-all bucket of highly subjective content which while at times interesting, was extremely irrelevant to the learning and development I'm seeking/expecting; and that lack of ROI on my time is further destroyed by the activeness and peer-review elements of this class.
At the third class in this specialization, I've seen my willingness and effort for each assignment deteriorate. Are these courses dead? (the discussion boards are nothing but spammed links to review assignments from every corner of the earth). The feedback returned from peers is not substantial to improve, and especially with an entire class/section of purely subjective course assignments. In fact, I find myself in some sort of "pod", perhaps a result of timing, of receiving the same feedback from the same two-three people, and always in a position of not having any peer assignments to review myself (so I'm forced to go back to a dead forum and pull links of old students' requests for review, just to complete the course). Where are the actual admins and professional mentors/instructors?
Overall, I was happy with the learning and new information I received via the first course improving my hard/technical skills. While the second course was more subjective, it was still value-add and incredibly interesting, despite the peer+activeness critiques I elaborated on above. However, I felt this third course was an absolute waste of my time (maybe not so for others, fine), and there's really no tangible ROI to putting in the time or effort here other than trucking through this for the sake of completing the Coursera Discipline.
I remain eager and excited for the subsequent courses; as receiving structured guidance towards a Capstone project seems like worthwhile endeavor towards learning and development. Overall, through other courses on other sites like Udemy, this does not seem like something worth spending money on at this point - you just paying for pre-recorded videos with a university's logo slapped on them (albeit from an engaging and passionate professor), outdated/dead links, and almost 0 active students. The courses on Udemy are better managed, updated, and have communities of learners. This series could be posted to Youtube for free and have the same impact - to this point anyway :(
von Axel D•
May 21, 2018
This course covers the basics of games business, but is clearly aimed at people with no previous work experience in the games industry. If you're already a professional thinking of starting your own company, you'll find some interesting information but a lot of it will also be redundant. I'd also like to point out that the Week 3 assignment requires you to produce a 30-60 second video with a recommended time of 2 hours, which is clearly unrealistic if you expect to produce quality work.
von Louis N•
Aug 07, 2017
Very good course giving more than an overview of games development, which is what it takes to survive in this creative industry. Reality of games development.
von Samuel S•
Mar 10, 2016
Great way to introduce the business of games. Gave me a very thorough understanding of the biggest questions one has about how money works in the industry.
von Tobias W•
Jan 05, 2018
The content of this course is pretty valuable and important for game developers. Everybody wants to be creative and enjoy making games, but it's still a business and you want to make money, right? I went into the course not really expecting to be interested in anything, but a lot of the material was very insightful and will surely help me in the future.
Note: The material is mostly US centric, so if you're somewhere else, you'll have to put in some extra work to find out how some of the stuff works in your country.
The one thing that I didn't like about this course was that some of the projects didn't have much to do with the material taught during that week and many students were a bit lost on what to do exactly. Don't get discouraged, because everyone is in the same boat. Just see it as a challenge and do some research outside of the course, talk to people on the forums and it'll be fine.
von Rohaan K A•
Mar 23, 2016
Out of the four courses in this specialization, this was the one I learnt the most from. To be honest, I don't really like business topics, and I felt a little bored, but the information in this course is too relevant for you to just skip aside.
von Pavel B•
Jul 01, 2016
Really great! I wish I had spare cash for the certificate version
von Maciej S•
Jun 24, 2016
Great course!!!! Big round of applause for the coach :D
Jun 24, 2016
Very informative !!
von Kensington S•
Jan 04, 2016
During the first week the assignments for the week was not even remotely associated with the content we learn throughout the week. For individuals who wish to learn about the video game industry but are not avid video game players or well read in its trade magazines, this is a bit frustrating. This slightly improved in following weeks. Besides that, the course is stellar.
von Jason R•
Sep 26, 2016
Very informative and well taught. Would definitely recommend!
von David T•
Nov 15, 2016
von Joel G I•
Jun 06, 2016
This course is very good for understanding the rest of what is needed to successfully complete games.
von Eftychios G•
Sep 06, 2016
Perfect Course to learn how you can move in game industry!
von Pamela P•
May 24, 2016
Lots of great advice. Well organized and thorough.
von Johan R•
Mar 27, 2016
Awesome course, teaches a lot of key aspects about working in development teams, managing projects and starting up your own business.
von Mukund V•
Sep 18, 2016
An excellent course which explores the game industry and explains topics like intellectual property, teamwork, project management, and entrepreneurship.
von Carlos D P G•
Jan 17, 2016
Very interesting topics that are useful not only for the game industry but for anyone that wants to be a professionist in the future. I was not planning to join the game industry, but this video kind of motivated me to do so in the future.
von Mete O•
Jan 03, 2016
Very well structured and handled!
von Isac d V O•
Apr 14, 2016
Professor O'Donnell is always brilliant, giving well planned and interesting classes. Although I have my doubts if I would include this topic in such a short Specialization, the course itself is great, witty and will teach you important things about the business.
von Eduardo R C•
Apr 26, 2016
It is a very good course that covers multiple things, most of them would take an entire course to learn all the aspects but the teacher does a great effort to point most of the important things for the business.
von Vignesh R•
May 02, 2018
Good course and I love how passionate the instructor is.
von Alfredo H H•
Sep 07, 2017
I really enjoy this course
von Rajesh N•
Mar 01, 2016
I would say this is a best course for everyone trying to get in to the gaming business.
von Johnny N•
Dec 19, 2015
Really nice delivered course with really useful info on "games as a job".