Game Programming


WS 2011







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Course Dates:




Lecture Fri, 08:30 - 11:30, starting 14th Oct 2011 AH VI
Individual Group-Meetings 24th Nov 2011
Topic registration 25th Nov 2011
Seminar Presentations 2nd and 9th Dec 2011
Lab 3rd Feb 2012
Individual project presentations and exams 6th - 10th Feb 2012
Presentation of 10 best results 17th Feb 2012

This course introduces core game programming techniques. In particular, we will consider the following topics:

  • Game Physics
    • Particle systems
    • Deformable objects (e.g. cloth simulation)
    • Rigid bodies
    • Fluid simulation
  • Animation / Geometry
    • Collision detection
    • Character animation
    • Facial animation
  • Rendering
    • Natural phenomena (sky, clouds, water, fire, etc.)
    • Advanced material rendering (texture tricks, subsurface scattering, procedural techniques, etc.)
    • Screen space techniques (deferred shading, ambient occlusion, etc.)


The course is split into three parts, a lecture period, a seminar and a practical lab:

  • In the lectures (approx. 6 weeks), the theoretical background of game programming will be discussed.
  • In a subsequent seminar (approx. 2 weeks), the participating students will give short presentations about the organization and the techniques they are going to implement in the practical part.
  • In the practical part of the course (approx. 4 weeks) at the end of the semester, students will implement techniques of their choice in teams of 2-3 members.

The topics of the seminar will be distributed at the beginning of the course. Each topic is supposed to consider a specific technique from an up-to-date game. We will make suggestions for possible topics, however you are welcome to propose a technique from the game you like most. The same holds for the practical part of the course where you have the chance to implement state-of-the-art game features (in C++ and OpenGL).


The examination consists of:

  • A presentation (approx. 20 minutes) of the results of the practical phase
  • An oral exam (organized as colloquium, approx. 15 minutes) right after the presentation of the practical phase
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