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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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. ...
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Separating data from model and successfully visualizing it

This is a bit of a design question that I'm struggling with. I have a data model and an entity model. The data model is, of course, what is (de)serialized to represent my levels and entities within ...
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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 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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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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NPC Dialogue directing the player [closed]

I recently gave a build of my game to some people and asked for any thoughts. One of the ones I keep getting is, 'I didn't know where to go first, but I guessed.' The problem is, I'm still getting ...
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What is the term for the level progression paradigm in Bejeweled?

Looking at the various level progression paradigms for my puzzle game, I decided to rule out the common ones such as 3-star per level, linear campaign-like story, etc. I like the idea of Bejeweled's ...
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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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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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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 ...