• Length:
    5 Weeks
  • Effort:
    1–3 hours per week
  • Price:

    Add a Verified Certificate for $50 USD

  • Institution
  • Subject:
  • Level:
  • Language:
  • Video Transcript:
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

About this course

Skip About this course

Did you know that there are now 2.6 billion gamers in the world? By 2021, that number is expected to rise by 125 million. In terms of revenue, the video game industry has become bigger than the movie and music industries put together. Video games are sweeping the globe, quickly becoming a primary shaper of culture.

In an age of seemingly increasing social isolation and loneliness, communities are being formed and friendships forged in video games. But can you design for friendship? Do virtual connections have a meaningful impact on humans? What is the cost of loneliness?

In this course, the University of Iceland - in collaboration with leading game developer CCP Games - will guide you through the most interesting insights to emerge from the world of video games. Themes include friendship, loneliness, and the societal implications of a new type of human connection rapidly being formed in the 21st century.

What you'll learn

Skip What you'll learn

By the end of this course, you will have greater knowledge of the science behind friendship and meaningful connections, and how video games are developing as an entertainment format, the positive and negative impact of video games, how video games are developing, the risk of loneliness, and social isolation in society. All this combined with several intriguing stories about players in the CCP community.

Meet your instructors

Tryggvi Hjaltason
Senior Strategist
Ársæll Már Arnarsson
University of Iceland

Course created with support from


Pursue a Verified Certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills you gain
$50 USD

View a PDF of a sample edX certificate
  • Official and Verified

    Receive an instructor-signed certificate with the institution's logo to verify your achievement and increase your job prospects

  • Easily Shareable

    Add the certificate to your CV or resume, or post it directly on LinkedIn

  • Proven Motivator

    Give yourself an additional incentive to complete the course

  • Support our Mission

    edX, a non-profit, relies on verified certificates to help fund free education for everyone globally