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.
by 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 :(
by 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.
by 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.
by Pablo M•
Oct 11, 2018
Really nice overyview on how to start a videogame company or get a job in the industry.
by Ali A K G•
Oct 18, 2018
Good course for learning about the business side of games
by Mete O•
Jan 03, 2016
Very well structured and handled!
by 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.
by Armando M d S S•
Feb 02, 2018
Make this course, you will enter in a completely new world
by Nikki P•
Dec 04, 2017
the resource materials are gold
by Shu-Cheng C•
Jun 07, 2016
I do learn a lot of the leadership stuff in the lesson, gaining more ideas about developing and designing games.
by Carlos H J•
Aug 04, 2017
by Sonja N S•
Feb 28, 2017
Great course and plenty of useful information applicable to games and beyond.
by Alvaro M•
May 24, 2016
It goes through basic yet VERY useful information on how to handle the many aspects of games as businesses.
by Zack M•
Apr 10, 2017
Really a great course. I recommend it to anyone interested in the Business of Games!
by Hernán D E•
May 12, 2016
Great course, learnt a lot.
by Mukund V•
Sep 18, 2016
An excellent course which explores the game industry and explains topics like intellectual property, teamwork, project management, and entrepreneurship.
by Joel G I•
Jun 06, 2016
This course is very good for understanding the rest of what is needed to successfully complete games.
by Pamela P•
May 24, 2016
Lots of great advice. Well organized and thorough.
by Andres M•
Dec 01, 2015
I was pretty wary of this course from a past experience with this teacher in a previous course, but i must say he nailed it, he has manage to create great videos with concise information that will help you understand the topics at hand, and unlike his previous course they are not a chore to sit through ;), it really shows the quality was always there but some focus was missing, this really is a great course and a teacher i feel ashamed for judging so quickly.
by Alex Z•
Jan 19, 2016
Amazing course. Learned a lot about teamwork and the game development business.
by Fırat E•
Mar 30, 2016
I learned a lot
by Alexander R M•
Jan 03, 2016
by 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.
by 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.
by 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.