A discrete space available to the player that forms part of a larger game world.

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How should I add level-specific gameplay code to a level?

What are best practices to add gameplay, to specific level? I have some event types, and my game logic now looks like. OnEnterSensor is virtual and is different for each level(01,02 ...). Game type ...
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What score/level function is often used?

In many games you raise a level when you reach a certain score, and later levels are harder to reach than in the beginning. I am suspecting that it is some sort of exponential function that is used ...
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Chunking/caching large levels in a singleplayer game

Does it make sense to try to offload a large nonlinear level into file-based chunks, and load those on demand? We've implemented level chunking to improve rendering performance, but still all level ...
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Implementing a large scale (planet-like) level in XNA 4.0

What is the best way to implement continuous level throughout the game, using XNA? Imagine that I have a level with the size of a whole city (like in MMORPGs) however, the game will currently be ...
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How do audio based games such as Audiosurf and Beat Hazard work?

Note: I am not asking how to make a clone of one of these. I am asking about how they work. I'm sure everyone's seen the games where you use your own music files (or provided ones) and the games ...
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Switching between levels, re-initialize existing structure or create new one?

This is something I've been wondering for quite a while. When building games that exist out of multiple levels (platformers, shmups etc) what is the prefered method to switch between the levels? ...
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Level Creating Help

I am making a little 2d overhead RPG type game just for fun. I have almost all the basic stuff set up, but I just need a little help on level creation. I can already make a level and place each tile ...
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Storing, loading and editing a level

I'm trying to find useful information on creating game levels in a reasonably efficient way. Additionally, information in setting up a fairly painless way to edit this information would be handy (the ...
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Engine with Terrain and Indoor Areas (BSP-like)

I'm not really a graphics programmer, but I used to toy around with Truevision3D 6.5 a few years ago. It wasn't too bad, but TV3D was just going nowhere so my foray into 3d game dev ended there. I ...
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How to store a shmup level?

I am developing a 2D shmup (i.e. Aero Fighters) and I was wondering what are the various ways to store a level. Assuming that enemies are defined in their own xml file, how would you define when an ...
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Modelling photo-realistic grass in realtime

I see a number of tutorials on how to create good looking grasses when creating 3D renders but can't think how to model it for realtime/use in a game's scenery. Sure simple models with alpha cutouts ...
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2D non-tile based map editor [closed]

I am currently developing a relatively simple 2D, topdown oriented adventure game for the iPhone and was wondering what would be the easiest way to create the maps for my game. I figured I would need ...
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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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Developing an RPG Encounter System

I'm in the middle of an encounter system for an XNA RPG. The idea is, you walk around a dungeon, and certain tiles are makred as RandomBattleTiles, and you have an area in the map defining what ...
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Level Implementation

I recently started to create a sidescroller game, for learning purposes. While creating several levels for it, i stumbled upon the question, how to implement these levels into my game. I made (and i ...
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Generate levels in real-time with the Procedural CityEngine

Has anyone used the Procedural CityEngine to generate levels in real-time? It seems to get used in production or pre-production due to its sizable overhead, but has anyone tweaked it to run in ...
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Best solution for “level string”?

I have a game that generates a random level map at the start of the level. I want to implement some way to save and load the level. I was thinking maybe XML would be a good option for saving all the ...
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3d level creation for small teams

What sort of tools and techniques are available out there for 3D level creation? In particular for small teams where you might not have the time and resources to make your level creation tools from ...
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Level Design Tips [closed]

What are some pitfalls or pieces of good advice when designing levels or maps for a (presumeably 3D but not necessarily) game?