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

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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?

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 ...
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Level design: compute minimum time between two items for player traversal

Do any game toolsets offer a means of computing the minimum time it would take a player to move between two objects (or positions, more generally) in a level? I'm not asking about how one would go ...
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Need ideas on how to give my levels structure

I am making an iOS game for a project at school. It is going to be a tiny bit like Fruit Ninja, as in it will have different things on the screen, and when you hit them, they die, and you get points. ...
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Quality Current Free UDK Tutorials?

I'm just getting started with the UDK, with experience in Unity, and would like a good tutorial series about getting to know my way around the basics of level design and a touch on programming. I have ...
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Algorithm for generating levels for shooting game

I have a shooting game made in Java. It's based on time, i.e you have to shoot the objects before the time runs out. Everything is working fine, except that I'm trying to implement an algorithm to ...
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How can I store all my level data in a single file instead of spread out over many files?

I am currently generating my level data, and saving to disk to ensure that any modifications done to the level are saved. I am storing "chunks" of 2048x2048 pixels into a file. Whenever the player ...
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I need an enemy spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense

I need an enemies spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense game. I have 4 maps, each has 4 stages and each stage has 40 rounds. I need to create an algorithm which will instantiate waves, increase ...
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Portal 2 mapping dimensions and measurments

I am wanting to start building a portal 2 map for single player mode. I have used the hammer world editor before but not for portal. As far as portals are concerned will the distance I drop ...
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Designing Levels For any Odd Games

What advice, methods, practices, etc. can be given to help me design levels for any odd game, and also know if that game should have levels? Update: For 3d Games I found this: Level Design Tips But ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to scale up the environment by 33%?

I was reading an article on Gamasutra called A Rational Approach to Racing Game Track Design, and I found the following: A commonly acknowledged rule for third person games is that the ...
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Visual Design for AI

i'm developing an editor for a game... and tonight i have been thinking about implement a visual ai designer... this is how i think it should be: What kind of visual components are used in ...
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Can world depth be achieved in a side scroller?

I tend to build games with strong stories, which usually involves quite an indepth world environment. Typically I develope typical 2.5 over head view JRPG style (think Zelda, Final Fantasy 3, etc) ...
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How should I approach architecting a data-driven shoot-em-up?

I'm venturing into Mobile/Tablet based development coming from the world of Web Applications. I want to write a game similar to 1942/43 video game from the 80's: ...similar in the sense that I have ...
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Level design community help?

I'm developing a 2D physics platformer game, with commercial purposes. Almost everything is finished: An original game concept The whole 2D self-written game engine A level interpreter to read xml ...
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Looping 3D environment in shmups

So I was watching Ikaruga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj23K8Ri68E And then raystorm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ4V0G5ykAg After looking at their 3D backgrounds for a little bit, it appears ...
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What are some techniques for designing fun, challenging Mario-style platformer levels?

I have everything I need to make a Mario type game. I just have no idea how to design the levels to make it challenging or fun. Any tips? The only way to kill enemies is by jumping on them, so I ...
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Heightmap, Voxel, Polygon (geometry) terrains

In relation to Heightmap, Voxel and Polygon (geometry) terrains: What are the main differences between all these three? Can you form a "smooth" terrain with Voxels, I mean, can you for example get a ...
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Making walls in tile-based games: what am I missing?

After spending time today to jot down some notes regarding the implementation of walls into my tile-based game, I've suddenly realized it's not going to be as simple as I imagined before. While the ...
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Programming a climbing system like tomb raider

I was wondering if anyone knew or had knowledge of how to program a climbing system like the one found in tomb raider/uncharted. I had thought of just having bounding boxes at all the climbable ...
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Level Design, Implying a path to the player

I am looking for articles on level design and particularly for techniques to imply a direction the player to go in, instead of another. Like which game mechanics can be used, how graphics, sound, ...
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What 3D level development tools are available to indie developers? [closed]

People who build in Unity or UDK have immediate access to a 3D level editor. People who build their games in XNA or from scratch have no such thing. I'm looking for 3D level development tools ...
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Which is better, one big level model or multiple smaller level models?

I am writing a game in XNA 4 and I want to have something like a corridor. Do you think that is better to use one big and solid model, or to use multiple small parts (window, stairs, door...)?
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Voxel heightmap terrain editor

I've recently been experimenting with a simple Voxel-based 3d engine (think Minecraft) which uses heightmaps to define terrain in the following format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heightmap Does ...
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What good books are there on level design?

I am trying to learn a bit of level design. The type of game I am most interested is 2D puzzle games similar to Cut The Rope for iPad. However, literature on general level-design for different genres ...
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Level Design V.S. Modeler

From what I understand being a level designer and a character/environment/object/etc Modeler are two different jobs, yet sometimes it feels like a Modeler can also do the job of the level designer. I ...
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Game/Level Design Career translations in other fields

Although I would love to get a job in the gaming industry I can't help but feel I should have a backup plan. What I wanted to ask is game/level design a marketable skill that translates to other ...
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Simple puzzles in platform games

I'm working on simple platformer game. I've got already finished programming the main part of game, which is moving and collecting items. I want a unique game puzzle in every level, but I can't ...