The creation and layout of the individual rooms/stages/sections in which the game takes place in.

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Level Representation in a 2D Game

I would like to create a 2D game, where a character should move on a stage/level. My stage would be static, constructed some little cubes, similar to the well-known Mario game: some of the elements ...
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How would I implement a level for a vertical shooter game

I've been working in my free time on a vertical shooter similar to Xenon 2 Megablast. It's a tribute of sorts to the game that destroyed a considerable part of my childhood. I've got the basic stuff ...
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What tools/software are used to make the environments/levels/maps in games? [closed]

This question has probably been answered before but I've not been able to find the answer, since I'm not able to frame the question with brevity. So the whole question is :- The worlds/levels that ...
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Is it possible to design Android game(AndEngine) levels using XML? [duplicate]

I am developing a game. In the game there is a lot of levels. Is it possible to design game levels using XML? Or what are different ways to design game levels? Please help me. Give some link or ...
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When do assets get loaded into video memory? [closed]

Specifically when do textures / geometry load into video memory? Do objects need to be in a direct line of sight (on screen) or are they drawn in at a certain camera radius? Obviously thing like ...
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What is the better way of generating levels in android game using LibGDX

I downloaded the source code of metagun for android from https://github.com/libgdx/libgdx/tree/master/demos/metagun/metagun-android The game uses a png image to create the level. It uses the ...
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Books on layout and space sequencing in game design

I'm currently looking into level design books. So far I've read two, The How's And Why's of Level Design and the Ultimate Level Design Guide. While both were useful they did not discuss layout and ...
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Space Shooter “level” generation

I'm currently working on a 2.5D space shooter and there will be a survival mode in the game. I'd like a few suggestions on how to tackle the enemy generation problem. This is not procedural ...
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Why don't we use octogonal maps instead of hexagonal maps?

I understand the advantage of hexagonal tiles over square ones. But why aren't octagons used instead? I would think they would provide better, more natural movement in eight directions. I was ...
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Level Modeling Workflows in Maya for Unity

I'm wondering what the standard workflow for modeling static levels for Unity (or for that matter, other High-Level engines) is? My somewhat limited knowledge tells me that the best process is ...
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Last level of puzzle games - hard or easy? [closed]

Currently I am creating a puzzle game, and I am finishing all the levels... and then I run into this problem: From puzzle games that I played, I find that the design of the very last level goes into ...
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Should I load a game map as a tile map or as an image map? [closed]

Which is better for game prototyping of a game map: a tile map or an image map? What are their respective pros and cons? Should I, in other words: Load the map as a png and set collision points ...
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How are old games levels made? [closed]

Take a look at Super Mario, or even PacMan, or Arkanoid. How are their levels made, do they created a simple level editors to visualize them, or they designed them by hand (directly with code)?
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PNG image as a level map for 2d game

I've been using a tilemap editor for making levels, but I was wondering if there was a way to use PNG images as the level map, as maps created in tiled editor are graphically uninteresting. ...
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Level design algorithm/pattern for Linerunner etc

I am wondering: how does someone make levels for a game like Linerunner or any other game that uses similar patterns? About Linerunner (game) You are a stick man running, you have to jump or crawl ...
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What are some ways I can create random but consistent levels with an increase in difficulty

So I am relatively new to gaming, however, I am working on a breakout style game and I am not sure how to generate levels. In theory I would like some approach that will let me generate tons of levels ...
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Indoor 3D game worlds

I'm looking for a little direction. I'm building a game engine as a part of my university project, and I'm having a little trouble about what to look for when it comes to indoor 3D game worlds. Now ...
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How to deal with “level design creep?”

Level Design Creep is what I've started to call what happens when you build a series of levels and notice that every level is a little bit better looking or designed than the last, or when working ...
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Prevent Reavers from dealing splash damage to friendly and allied units

Just for fun I made some games in the Starcraft Broodwar map editor (scdraft2.0). I notice that in my map Reavers deal damage to friendly and allied units as well as to neutral units. It's a cat and ...
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Some theory questions about classic endless arcade games

I had read in the book "A theory of fun for game design" that once the player realizes that he cannot overpower the computer in anyway (or) the AI is unbeatable (badly designed/coded) he will leave ...
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How to a go about making my modding into a career? [closed]

I am 16 years old and still at school(UK). I really enjoy creating maps using things like the creation kit and workshop on steam. I have loads of game ideas and every game I play creates 100 more. ...
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How should I go about randomizing levels in a “runner” game?

I'm working on a runner type of game (basically it's a never ending run through hordes of enemies and platforms and whatnot). 2d platformer view. Should I random a bit of map every now and then? Few ...
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What level editor is Phil Fish using in Indie Game: The Movie?

Does anyone know what program Phil Fish is using to edit models of levels? Or is it it something he built himself? I'm new to game development and was looking for something to design levels with ...
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How do I simplify a 2D game grid for level management while keeping its by-pixel features?

(I cross-posted this from StackOverflow as this seems to be a more appropriate f̶o̶r̶u̶m̶ community. I've looked around a little here and I did not find an answer, so I hope this is not a recurring ...
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What is the best way to render a 2d game map?

I know efficiency is key in game programming and I've had some experiences with rendering a "map" earlier but probably not in the best of ways. For a 2D TopDown game: (simply render the ...
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Problem with Ogmo Editor (is Tiled Editor a solution?)

I made a level editor for a puzzle game with Ogmo Editor and gave it to our designer/level designer. When he downloaded and started Ogmo, his CPU went to 100%. I looked at my CPU usage while Ogmo is ...
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How important is Programming for a Level Designer?

I'm currently attending school in a Level Design program, and I was wondering how important programming really is in being a Level Designer? I'm apparently incapable of learning programming (despite ...
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Maya and Game Engines (i.e. Environment Testing)

What does it mean if I'm designing an environment and I want to test it in the game engine, to see what its like to "run" [or fly] around my environment? I heard an instructor say that exact thing in ...
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Can I use a genetic algorithm for balancing character builds?

I'm starting to build a online PVP (duel like, one-on-one) game, where there is leveling, skill points, special attacks and all the common stuff. Since I have never done anything like this, I'm still ...
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Architects into videogames

I'm an architecture student in my last year. I've always been interested in videogames design. I use 3d Max and Photoshop on a daily basis, and I was thinking about aiming for a career in videogames, ...
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Create Levels using blender

I am creating a game and I have a custom level format for levels in my game. I wanted to know if it is possible to create levels for that kinda format in Blender. My format is XML based and just ...
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How do I go about hiring Level Designers from the Modding community?

The company I'm working for is growing fast and there's been talk of trying to hire level designers from the modding community. My question is simply, where would be good places to look for this, and ...
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Tools for level (wireframe) design [closed]

We are currently working on a 2D platform game, all lot of the game elements have been created and designed. But now it is time to design all the levels. What I am wondering is: Are there any tools ...
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Open source level editor for HTML5 platform game? [closed]

A natty GUI editor is very helpful to create level map. I want to use some open-source choices rather than build my own from scratch. I found Tiled Map Editor but it doesn't work for what I want. ...
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How do I get level design practice? [closed]

I'm a game developer wannabe. I'm looking for 2D puzzle games that have a level creation tool to flex my level designer muscle. I have Portal 2 (which has a level editor) but 3D is too daunting for ...
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Handling various frame layouts in Android

I am trying create a Contra or the old TMNT game (but a simple one) like game for Android. For the game I decided to divide my main screen in three parts - upper for stats, mid for the game and lower ...
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Help with converting an XML into a 2D level (Actionscript 3.0)

I'm making a little platformer and wanted to use Ogmo to create my level. I've gotten everything to work except the level that my code generates is not the same as what I see in Ogmo. I've checked the ...
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Bejewelled Next Best jewel selection

Is there a game design technique I can use so that I completely remove 'No more moves left' situations. ie. the game should contain no impossible scenarios. As far as I've guess It all depends on ...
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Is the city of the GTA, L.A. Noire, Assasins Creed or Saint Row games considered a level? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out whether or not the worlds in which these games take place are levels or not, for the sake of level design. I consider the world to be one big level and all the missions and ...
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Loading enemies in a 2d platformer

What would be the best way to load enemies in a level. For example take Mario, are enemies rendered at their x,y positions as the game is loaded or when the player walks past a specific x value. ...
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Is there a definitive reference on Pinball playfield design?

I'm looking at designing tables for Future Pinball but I'm not sure where to start as I've little background in game design per se. I've played scores of pinball tables over the years so I've a fairly ...
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Scroller game level map advice

I'm started a XNA project to make a game similar in gameplay to Super Spy Hunter on a NES, which is used as a feature reference. The first thing I thought of is how to store and display level. ...
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What is the best method to use to write and handle multiple levels?

I have a level class that does all of the updating and drawing and everything pertaining to the level. My question is, what would be the best approach to creating different levels? Should I just ...
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What is the Relative Rarity of Blocks Generated in Minecraft? [closed]

I was watching a tutorial from last year that was discussing how to create blocks that would be generated with the world. I have lost the link to the video, but the basic issue I'm having here is ...
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Level creation of Rayman Origins type game?

Does anyone know the technique they used to create their levels (using rayman origin as an example)? I'm strictly speaking of the floors and walls. Doesn't look like tiled based. What is the workflow ...
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Height Map vs 3D Model Mesh

I'm currently working on a 3D PC game (written in C++ and DirectX 9.0) and I'm trying to find the best way to store level data in the memory. The game's action takes place under the ground, so ...
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Best way to create a level editor in java [closed]

I am creating an iPhone game using cocos2d + box2d that needs a lot of levels. My friends and I are creating the game and most of them have no programming experience and end up with nothing to do. I ...
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Is there ever a time when creating a level/world editor with your game is a bad idea?

I have created a few smaller games on my own in the past. My approach has always been to create a completed editor where it has all the functionality needed to save a level file and load it into the ...
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Representing heightmaps, on disk and when drawing

This is a conglomeration question when answering please specify which part you are addressing. I am looking at creating a maze type game that utilizes elevation. I have a few features I would like to ...
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Player choices affecting a massive online world

Current generation MMOs are pretty static in that choices don't really affect the world for more than the scope of one or two quests -- but that doesn't give you a good sense of immersion, simply a ...