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Qualification

Unit number and title

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma Creative Media Production

Unit 49: 3D Computer Game Engines

Student name

Assessor name




Chris Gray

Date issued

Completion date

Submitted on

w/c 23rd September 2013

17th January 2014










Assignment title

3D Interactive Game Concepts and Functionality




LO


Learning Outcome

Assessment Criteria

In this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to:

Task no.


Evidence

(Page no)

LO1

Understand the relationships between 3D computer game elements

1.1

Explain how 3D elements can relate to one another in a computer game

1




LO2

Be able to implement points of view in computer games using cameras from 3D game engines


2.1

Use cameras from 3D game engines to implement points of view in a computer game justifying decisions made in terms of the game’s genre


2







LO3

Be able to implement control systems in computer games using input devices via 3D game engines

3.1

Implement a system of input for controlling a computer game working to a standard acceptable to an employer or client

3




LO4

Be able to produce playable mods based on gameplay genres using 3D game engines

4.1

Produce a playable mod for a gameplay genre using a 3D game engine, working to a standard acceptable to an employer or client

4






Learner declaration

I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are fully acknowledged.

Student signature: Date:







In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades


Grade Descriptor


Indicative characteristic/s


Contextualisation

M1 Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions

An effective approach to study and research has been applied.

To achieve M1 you must identify a range of appropriate static and dynamic 3D elements and explain the relationships of different game elements to one another. (Task 1)


M2 Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques

The selection of methods and techniques/ sources has been applied and justified.


To achieve M2 you must prove that you know how to effectively employ cameras from 3D game engines to implement points of view in a computer game. Justification must also be made for the choices made. (Task 2)

M3 Present and communicate appropriate findings

An appropriate structure and approach has been used (in the control systems implementation).

To achieve M3 you must apply an appropriate and structured approach to the implementation of the system of input for controlling a computer game working to a good standard acceptable to an employer or client. (Task 3)

A coherent, logical development of principles/concepts has been employed or the intended audience.

To achieve M3 you must develop a playable mod for a gameplay genre using a 3D game engine, working to a good standard acceptable to an employer or client. (Task 4)

D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions

Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified.

To achieve D1 you must fully justify your findings. (Task 1)

D2 Take responsibility for managing and organising activities

Substantial activities, projects or investigations have been managed and organised.

To achieve D2 you will take responsibility for implementing effective camera points of view from 3D game engines in a computer game. You must ensure that you manage and organise your planning effectively. (Task 2)

Autonomy/independence has been demonstrated.

To achieve D3 you must work independently during the production of a playable mod, working to a high standard acceptable to a client. (Task 4)

D3 Demonstrate convergent/lateral/creative thinking

Innovation and creative thought have been applied.

To achieve D3 you must be able to demonstrate that you have applied innovative and creative thought to your implementation of the system of input for controlling a computer game to a high standard acceptable to a client. (Task 4)

Assignment brief

Unit number and title

Unit 49: 3D Computer Game Engines

Qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Creative Media Production

Start date

W/C 23rd September 2013

Deadline/hand-in

W/C 17th January 2014

Assessor

Chris Gray




Assignment title

3D Interactive Game Concepts and Functionality

Purpose of this assignment

This unit aims to develop your understanding of computer game engines, and provide you with the skills needed to use them when developing a new game.



Scenario

The Sales Concept Team at your games company has approached a leading media company and proposed to them that they could use a game to encourage new customers to use their services. This “link bait” method is intended to entice an entirely new and untapped audience onto the potential client’s website with the aim of introducing them to their products and services.


The target media company has shown an initial interest but understandably want to know what they’d be getting for their money. It’s your job to produce a sample playable mod for a gameplay genre using a 3D game engine, designed to convert the prospective client into a paying customer.

Task 1: (LO 1: 1.1 and M1, D1) DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 11th October 2013

To understand the relationships between 3D computer game elements you must describe how static and dynamic 3D elements relate to one another in a computer game. This should take the form of a written report, which may be supported by an accompanying slideshow. You must keep all of your research notes and records and must use a range of sources for your research.


The topics you must cover to show that you understand the relationships between 3D computer game elements include, but are not limited to:

  • Dynamic elements: animated 3D meshes, eg non-player characters, foliage, background props, physics-enabled geometry; entities, eg items the player can pick up, waypoints for artificial intelligence pathfinding, information used to initialise the game; dynamic lights (point lights, spot lights, directional lights); trigger objects; invisible volumetric objects that control gameplay, eg water volumes, fog volumes, blocking meshes

  • Static elements: visible 3D models, eg environmental architecture, foliage; background objects, eg skyboxes; lightmapping; constructive solid geometry (convex geometry, concave geometry)

  • Relationships between game elements: game rules; balancing gameplay; ending conditions (victory, loss); feedback (positive, negative)

In order to achieve M1 you must identify the most appropriate static and dynamic 3D elements and explain the relationships of different game elements to one another.


To achieve D1 you must fully justify your findings by way of fully sourced and respected references.

Task 2: (LO 2: 2.1 and M2, D2) DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 15th November 2013

You must be able to use cameras from 3D game engines to implement points of view in a computer game to produce example real-time (in-game) video clips. You must ensure that your choices demonstrate different virtual camera parameters, are justified in terms of the game’s genre (this may be inferred by quality of clip) or by means of annotated storyboards.


To demonstrate that you are able to implement points of view in computer games using cameras from 3D game engines you must include the following in your video clips:

  • Point of view: first-person, eg Unreal Tournament, Half-Life, Mirror's Edge; third-person, eg Oni, Tomb Raider, Shadow Of The Colossus, Okami; context-sensitive, eg Alone In The Dark, Resident Evil, Broken Sword 3; aerial point of view, eg Rome: Total War, Myth

  • Virtual camera parameters: field of view; orthographic projection; clipping planes (near clip, far clip); transforms (position, rotation); interactive movement

To achieve M2 you must effectively employ the cameras to a high standard, and justify the choices made. This may not be inferred, but rather must be recorded, perhaps by means of annotated storyboards.


To achieve D2 you will take the responsibility for implementing effective camera points by producing intuitive planning materials.

Task 3: (LO 3: 3.1 and M3, D3) DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 13th December 2013

You will produce different types of input device for controlling a computer game. This will demonstrate the relationships between input devices and the virtual 3D world and the relationships between input devices and cameras. These controllers may be via keyboard, mouse or some other medium, must be evident within a submitted level and must be accompanied by some form of instructional material. You must work to a standard acceptable to an employer or client.


Evidence to show that you are able to implement control systems in computer games using input devices via 3D game engines

  • Input devices: implementation of PC devices, eg keyboard, mouse; understanding of console controllers, eg Sony Playstation controller, Nintendo Wii remote; understanding of handheld device inputs, eg Apple iPhone, Nintendo DS

  • Relationships between input devices and virtual 3D world: controls to manipulate objects in the world, eg interacting with doors to open them, keyboard movement for player character; controls to cue events, eg cutscene animations

  • Relationships between input devices and cameras: navigation of 3D environments; control of player's point of view

To achieve M3 you must apply an appropriate and structured approach to this implementation by means of some form of structured planning materials.


To achieve D3 you must be able to demonstrate that you have applied innovative and creative thought to your implementation by means of detailed, structured planning materials.

Task 4: (LO 4: 4.1 and M3, D3) DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 17th January 2014

You will develop a sample playable mod for a gameplay genre using a 3D game engine, working to a standard acceptable to an employer or client. This application must then be fully demonstrated during an informal presentation.


To complete this task, you must show that you are able to export 3D models for use in computer game engines by using one or more of the following examples:

  • Export: model properties, eg mesh, up-vector, animation, morphs, skins, material data, UV coordinates; file formats, eg .obj, .dxf, .fbx; game engines requirements

  • Mods: gameplay modification, eg creation of new ‘capture the flag’ levels in Unreal Engine 3, new Team Fortress ‘control point’ levels in Source Engine

  • Gameplay genres: platformer; puzzle; construction and management; massively multiplayer role-playing games

  • 3D Game Engines: appropriate use of level editing software, eg Unreal Development Kit, Source Engine, CryEngine, Unity3D; gameplay scripting; game logic; sequenced events

To achieve M3 the playable must be produced to a good standard acceptable to an employer or client. Well structured planning work will also help to improve your grade.


To achieve D3 you must work independently working to a high standard acceptable to a client.



Evidence checklist

Summary of evidence required by student

Evidence presented

Task 1

A written report with justification of findings,

A supporting slideshow,

A log of research notes and records





Task 2

Effective employment of cameras in the form of camera clips,

Justification of choices made (inferred, annotated storyboards,

Intuitive planning materials





Task 3

Different types of example control functionality (game files),

Structured planning materials






Task 4

Sample playable mod (game files),

A filmed informal presentation,



Accompanying planning materials




Achievement Summary



Qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma Creative Media Production


Assessor name

Chris Gray


Unit Number and title

Unit 49: 3D Computer Game Engines


Student name







Criteria Reference

To achieve the criteria the evidence must show that the student is able to:

Achieved?

(tick)

LO 1







1.1

Explain how 3D elements can relate to one another in a computer game




LO 2







2.1

Use cameras from 3D game engines to implement points of view in a computer game




LO 3







3.1

Justify decisions made in terms of the game’s genre




LO 4







4.1

Implement a system of input for controlling a computer game working to a standard acceptable to an employer or client








Higher Grade achievements (where applicable)



Grade descriptor



Achieved?

(tick)


Grade descriptor


Achieved?

(tick)

M1: Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions





D1: Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions




M2: Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques





D2: Take responsibility for managing and organising activities




M3: Present and communicate appropriate findings





D3: Demonstrate convergent/lateral/creative thinking




M4: Present and communicate appropriate findings





D4: Take responsibility for managing and organising activities




Assignment Feedback


Formative Feedback: Assessor to Student


Action Plan


Summative feedback


Feedback: Student to Assessor




Assessor signature






Date





Student signature






Date








INTERNAL VERIFICATION – ASSIGNMENT BRIEFS



Award

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma Creative Media Production

Unit

Unit 49: 3D Computer Game Engines

Assessor




INTERNAL VERIFIER CHECKLIST

Comments

Are accurate programme details shown?

y




Are accurate unit details shown?

y




Are clear deadlines for assessment given?

y




Is this assignment for whole or part of a unit?

w




Are the Assessment and Grading Criteria to be addressed listed?

y




Does each task show which criteria are being addressed?

n

Some changes will need to be made please see comments

Are these criteria actually addressed by the tasks?

n

Please see notes

Is it clear what evidence the learner needs to generate?

n

Please see notes

Are the activities appropriate?

y




Is there a scenario or vocational context?

y




Is the language and presentation appropriate?

y




Is the timescale for the assignment appropriate?

y




Overall, is the assignment fit for purpose?

n

Please see comment s

*If ‘No’ is recorded and the Internal Verifier recommends remedial action before the brief is issued, the Assessor and the Internal Verifier should confirm that the action has been undertaken

Internal Verifier

Martin McCourt

Date

10th October 2013

Lead Internal Verifier (if required)




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