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

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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 there'...
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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? [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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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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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, etc....
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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 ...
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Question about top down/side scrolling!

I know that its just the background that scrolls and the player pretty much stays centered. What I am wondering what technique is more correct when I am implementing a large side scrolling map (I am ...
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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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Code Structure / Level Design: Plants vs Zombies game level dissection

I am interested in learning the class structure of Plants vs Zombies, particularly level design; for those who haven't played it - this video contains nice play-through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Drawing large 2D sidescroller level terrain

I'm a relatively good programmer but now that it comes to add some basic levels to my 2D game I'm kinda stuck. What I want to do: An acceptable, large (8000 * 1000 pixels) "green hills" test level ...
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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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What are some good resources on creating and reading 2D game levels in Java?

Could some resources be listed in relation to the creation and management of simplistic, efficient 2D game levels, that are available for use with Java?
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Recursive dungeon maps as represented by an elastic 2d array

I came up with a method for recursively generating simple dungeon maps by starting with one room and recursively connecting new adjacent rooms randomly to it. Maps are represented as two dimensional ...
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Typical Method Of Building Puzzle Levels

I am designing a puzzle game for the iphone and was wondering as most puzzle games consist of the player progressing through multiple levels. You see for example Angry Birds has over 100 levels. Once ...
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Random generation of interesting puzzle levels?

I'm making a Sokoban-like game i.e. there's a grid that has some crates on it you can push and you have to get the crates on crosses to win the level (although I'm going to add some extra elements to ...
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Procedural terrains in 3D: what has been done ? Are there common algo and/or theories about it? [closed]

Besides programming, modeling an environment takes a great deal of time. I don't know about the work time involved, for example, in a WoW dungeon level, or other beautiful city-like, future ...
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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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Creating Level iPhone

I am thinking about a new game idea for the iPhone and presumably all the levels would have to be made programatically. So Im wondering what the best method to approach it? Say I have a game with a ...
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Recommended RPG game that can be used to learn game Modding? [closed]

I would like to learn game development via game modding. RPG/MMORPG is one of my favorite genres. Could someone recommend me a good and recent ( I would like to play the game as well) game to learn ...
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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. ...