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

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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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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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How to do an infinite torus topology battlefield for over-the-shoulder perspective

I'm currently prototyping a simple two-player adversarial game, where the players are able to move around and shoot at each other with cannons. I would like the playing area to feel essentially ...
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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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Tile editor for flash based games?

I am trying to make the age-old version of pacman. And only then that I realized that I need to spend a heck lot of time for making the tile matrix itself. It gets messy more and more. I've also ...
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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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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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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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Use of solid brushes and CSG in level building

Since Quake 1 (I think it was the first), level design tools for FPS games have used solid brushes and CSG operations to define level geometry instead of more conventional poly modeling tools you see ...
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How does a game like Doodlejump generate its “level”?

How does the game Doodlejump for iphone generate its stage? Are the platforms randomized in some way? If so, how do they make sure it doesn't generate impossible combinations? If it's not ...
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How can i convert non-canvas mesh collider object as canvas mesh collider object

I am new to unity i created a character object in Maya and stored it as char.obj, then i import the object in unity. the char1 object is not colliding with any other unity objects like cube, plane, ...
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Is there ever a time when creating a level/world editor with your game is a bad idea? [closed]

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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How should I organize my Unity scene graph?

In programming, we have coding conventions — self-enforced rules to help maintain order. Does such a convention or consensus exist on how to lay out scenes in Unity? I've seen two styles of ...
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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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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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How to store and parse story actions in XML

I been working on a game in Unity that reads its story (Actions, scene descriptions, NPC's, ect...) from an XML and have been wondering there was a better way to store actions based on player data ...
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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 ...
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How do you create your levels containing curved slopes in Box2d?

I have just started developing games for iPhone in Cocos2d and am currently working on a Box2D prototype. I know this is not an easy start, but I have experience in the AS3 port of the physics engine. ...
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How to detect Lagoons and Lakes on a random Island Map

I have an engine which generates random Islands. At the moment it tends to generate quite a lot of lagoons and lakes. I would like to know of a feasible way of detecting them so that I can mark them ...
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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 do you structure a 2D level format with collisions etc. in Java (Slick 2D)?

I am developing a game in Java. 2D Fighter, Kind of like the 2d flash game Raze(http://armorgames.com/play/5395/raze). I currently am using the Slick 2D game library and am researching how to ...
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Level design for puzzle game with a single mechanic

I'm developing a simple puzzle game where gameplay has a single mechanic where there is a limited amount of variation. I'm struggling to design levels that keep the game challenging/fun. I've added a ...
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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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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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How much a scene would be done in 3D modelling program before exporting? [closed]

What I am trying to work out is, when creating a level, or section of a level, how much is created in the modeling package before it is exported, take the scene in the link. Would this whole scene be ...
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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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Looking for games in environments similar to a pinball table

I'm on a team of students working on a third-person adventure game that takes place inside a pinball machine (like, small scale, on the surface, avoiding pinballs, etc). One of my responsibilities on ...
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how to design and develop game level(stages) [closed]

I need some expert opinion about game level design. I've been developing android game(2D) using LibGDX framework inspired from below sample game. LibGDX sample Drop game I've customized this game ...
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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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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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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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How to limit players to low-level content before they advance, if they can't die

I am making a game with the basic RPG elements: levels, xp, items, currency, stats, spells and monsters. The only different thing is that the player doesn't have hitpoints, you can't die. It's a ...
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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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What tools are available for creating 3D collision and pathfinding data? [closed]

What is the process of creating geometry data to assist on NPCs movements and such on a 3D world to avoiding having them from going through the ground, etc? Are there specific modelling programs that ...
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Infinite loop of prerendered 3d graphic

I have a game where I want a never ending pathway for the character to walk along. So in my 3d modeling tool I created a path like this: now I want to loop that model over and over in my ...
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How to be sure that a target goal in a match 3 game level will not be impossible?

This is clearly not a coding problem but the logical one. I am starting to learn how to make a match 3 game. but there is a question rising in my mind. when i will set goal to complete the level, how ...
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Obstacle spawn constraints in Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KENMuzsras tl;dr What's the best way to add constraints to obstacle spawning (algorithms) or how to design obstacle spawning to allow constraints? ...
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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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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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Why are dungeons so often created subtractively rather than additively?

I'm having difficult deciding on how to procedurally generate a dungeon floor. The way I've been doing it so far is like so: Populate list of Rooms with random height and width. Place first room in ...
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How can I ensure the player learns all skills in a single open level?

I am making a game that only has a single level. It is a survival game. If there were multiple levels, I can have the player learn new skills gradually. For example, level one requires jumping, level ...
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How can I show xna graphics content in a control on a form in xna?

I was able to create a form in xna using "Add Windows Form", named "Form1" then adding: Application.EnableVisualStyles(); Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false); Application.Run(new ...
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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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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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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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Assigning Objects when duplicated in the editor?

I'm wondering if there is a way to have an Object when duplicated in the editor assign a GameObject variable to the newly duplicated version of itself. Is there an option in Unity or do I have to code ...
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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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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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How to organize level blocks in an Infinite runner

I'm working on an Infinite Runner game. I have created many level blocks(sections) with different obstacles and pick-ups for the player. They are positioned and placed manually, in such a way, to give ...
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How do I compute the angle between a pixel on an irregular curve and a circle colliding with it?

I'm building a custom physics engine to accompany a level-editor. This image shows how the level-editor outputs levels: Now, some explanation is in order. The curve is defined by the red points. ...