International Game Development in Scotland/Psychology of Gaming

International Game Development in Scotland/Psychology of Gaming

Scotland Cannon

Scotland Cannon

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In the United States, video games have created an $18 billion industry centered on leisure and entertainment, but that is not the only use for such technology. This course, Social Science Gaming in Scotland, will give you hands-on practical experience and the opportunity to design your own game while also seeing novel applications for gaming that include police training or designing for special populations.

You will collaborate with students majoring in game development at Abertay University–the UK’s premiere video game program–to develop a social history inspired game as part of a multiple team competition. You will visit historical monuments, battlefields, and highland villages while developing stories, characters, and themes for use with your Scottish partners.

Priority registration in this course is given to Abington students who have completed any of the following courses:

  • ART201, ART314, IST140, IST446, and/or PSYCH434 (or who have equivalent skills)

Priority registration is also given to Junior and Senior students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Group shuttle from Penn State Abington to Newark Airport. Evening departure from Newark Airport.

Day 2: Arrive in Edinburgh. Check into hotel. Visit settings in Edinburgh: High Street, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and Arthur’s Seat.

Day 3: Participate in interactive “Gaming Edinburgh” activity to familiarize yourself with the city and its people.

Day 4: Take the Hairy Coo Tour to see more settings: The National Wallace Monument, the Scottish Highlands, and Loch Katrine.

Day 5: Visit the city of Dundee. Dinner with Abertay University students and faculty.

Day 6: Launch gaming competition (morning), tour internationally acclaimed game development company (afternoon).

Day 7: Group game development (morning), tour Animation and visual studies department at Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Day 8: Group game development (morning), showcase of unique gaming applications for industry and special populations (afternoon).

Day 9: Group game development (morning), tour of surrounding highland villages and historical sites using gaming technology (afternoon).

Day 10: Final game development jam (morning), Team game showcase competition and transfer back to Edinburgh (afternoon).

Day 11: Morning flight back to Newark and shuttle to Penn State Abington (afternoon).