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

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How do map designers subconsciously lead players?

Playing a game like Uncharted I’m struck by the illusion of an open world that it feels like I’m making my own choices to walk through, but I always stumble on the next plot point or encounter, so ...
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Unity paint texture isn't working when a shader is selected

I'm trying a create a custom shader for my terrain. I'm a beginner so at this moment I was just trying to experiment with texture blending (and I might not be following best practices). I have created ...
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How to build level in Blender using assets from Unity?

There are already models for level creation that are used to create different levels. I want to use them to create a new level and I want to assemble the level in Blender. But if I just import the ...
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How to balance coin system for Idle Runner?

I have a classic mobile runner with left/right swipe controls, where each level player can collect different amounts of coins. (For example on level 1 coin amount is 100, on level 5 amount is 70 and ...
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Text Only Dungeon Crawler game. Hardcoding Maps vs Generating Map Data externally?

I am trying to make a text-only dungeon crawler game. The general structure for the game is in place (ie. a 'Level' is a 16x16 grid of 'Rooms'). ...
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How big can/should wall colliders be?

Following my previous question, I now have my wall collider building tool and built many of them: Bird-view, about 17 walls selected, on the right, one is selected: Here, wall and barriers form a ...
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Any way to guarantee the order of objects returned by FindObjectsOfType?

I wanted to create my spawn points for NPC's and also the player inside my 3D modelling software. So when I import each level, it has its own set of spawn points already built in. This seems to work ...
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Physics-based marble race: how can you minimize the gap between first and last?

I'm building a 2D sideview marble game, where they race down the track via gravity. The problem is that once one gets ahead of the others, it usually wins. In racing games, they can address this by ...
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How to create 2D platformer maps without a game engine's editor?

I've been developing a 2D shooting platform videogame for the Sony PSP console using only the ONELua interpreter for the Lua programing language (since there is not any game engine for it). Despite ...
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How can we generate 3D architecture in a racing game's background procedurally with respect/similar to the real world?

In the last few days, I jumped into searching is there a conventional/convenient way to build 3D architecture quickly, most likely by some accessory software like CityEngine, BIGEMAP, or google maps' ...
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Shot em up! Vertical or Horizontal "side scrolling"?

Question it’s about "Shot em up" style game (For example: Tyrian) also known as Top-Down shooters. These games in the past mostly exist as top down concept, it means player object can move ...
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What do game designers do for the game? [duplicate]

One day I asked me: "How do game designers work?". I knew what the "main mission" of their work, but I didn't know: "How to do it?" and "What do they need to write?" I want to know full "list" of ...
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Creating a 3d level from real world room

I'm doing a project simulating autonomous drone flights inside buildings and I was asked to provide a level which is modeled after one of the floors in our faculty building. I was given a pdf which ...
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In Hammer 3.4 where do I find the 'null' texure?

I'm using Valve's Hammer Editor v3.4 to make maps for Counter-Strike 1.6. I want to learn to use the 'null' texture to optimize my map by not drawing surfaces the player won't see, but when I search ...
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What is the rule with number of levels? [duplicate]

I have been making my first game, I have a number of levels I was thinking of making, around 20-30 but I'm not sure if this is too many. Is there a hard and fast rule for number of levels to include ...
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How do I initialise levels sequentially?

I have been learning opengl and I have made good progress over past few months. However I still struggle to understand game logic in C++, I am new to C++ too. Say I have this program. ...
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Unity3D : Creating & Sharing light-baked levels without updating the game

I want to give myself freedom to add more levels after releasing the game. For creating levels I broke down structure and created a tilemap like a structure. here's an example : I will add them up ...
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How can I design the environments in my game to be memorable and unique?

I've always been a fan of the Metroid series, and more generally nowadays, the metroidvania genre. One thing that I've loved, and most others have praised highly, are the unique and diverse ...
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Interactive map designer

I've made a simple game in pygame/pymunk. Currently my maps consists of lists with functions, e.g ground_segments = [ground(position, size, shape...), ...] I ...
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How to update and render an 2D endless runner that goes bothways

I want to make an 2D endless runner, that also allows player to go backwards. So I have to create random world as the map goes, also keep the old map in case player goes back. I ask about how to ...
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How to start building the racing levels in unity? [closed]

I had an idea of making more fun less redundantly designed level for a racing game, i have core mechanics and ui of the game sorted out but i m confused where to begin with the levels and how do i ...
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Texture2D GetPixels - Finding pixels that are not transparent. Problem as finding more than expected

I am trying to make a level design system where I use a low resolution png file with certain pixels filled. My code will turn this location of the pixel in the image into placement of platforms in my ...
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How can I easily create/edit a level for a scrolling shooter game?

I've been asking this question over the years many a time, but I still haven't found an answer when i search for one. Now I have slightly more knowledge of how programming is done and want to start ...
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How to compute the moves amount in a match-3 game?

I have a match-3 mobile game, similar to these popular games in the store. Mechanics are different, but the gameplay stays the same: NxN board X moves Y objectives to complete to win tons of ...
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Is it possible to customize the Scriptableobject inspector for Simple level data, without the use of PropertyDrawers?

I've invented an innovative, new game mechanic for Bricker Breaker Quest and want to create a quick prototype to recruit a game development team. After wasting a week researching the best way to ...
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Level design - modular vs single project

I'm working in Blender and UE4 for a while now... I always have the dillema of how to create my levels. My two ideas are: a) modular - like lego blocks. Create a wall, a floor, wall with hole for a ...
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What is the purpose of multi-staged levels in mobile games?

In most recent mobile games like Grass Cut, FireBalls 3D, Twist Hit! or Snow Drift! I see the same level structure where you need to finish 3-4 mini-levels / stages in order to really finish the level....
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What are some alternative options for saving level data for a game like Hurtworld?

For a multiplayer building/crafting game like Hurtworld (where the player can build structures on the map), what are some alternative options or example data structures for saving the world data on ...
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Why Some objects or prefabs don't respond to mesh collider?

I imported some assets and, I used some prefabs from that assets. Some of them responds when I add the component of mesh collider to it and disable the ability of going through with it. But some of ...
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How To Deselect (Unfocus) All gameObjects in a Unity Scene View?

When I'm done with moving and rotating gameObjects in a Unity scene, I want to deselect everything to not accidentally change it. How? In some applications ESC key does the trick, in others 'D' (...
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What are some gameplay cases where knowing the Z as a result of the raycasting is useful in a 2D setting?

The context is an 3D engine with a 2.5D level format. Like a roller coaster tycoon level, with some other level features added, and layers removed. For example the tile functions have the following ...
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Workflow or 'Shading Mode' for Aligning gameObject in a Scene?

I'm aligning and placing gameObjects in a Unity scene. I have difficulty seeing the vertices and objects because the scene supposed to be dark (my workaround is to increase ambient lighting ...
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How to make a 'One Hit and Dead' platformer feel fair

I am currently making a run 'n gun platformer, in which the player dies instantly when they get hit. I'm curious how to make this feel fair. I'm aware of putting checkpoints frequently enough, ...
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How to build a better game save?

I am making a roguelike card game like dream quest, and I want to improve my dungeon/level save method. Here's what my levels look like: I checked dream quest saves but I don't like their method ...
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Level design / lore writing - how to compel player to go through all locations in a star-shaped level

I am trying to design a map for souls-like game and stumbled upon such problem: According to the lore i have a self-contained city that is supposed to be built with convenience in mind. I am ...
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Recreating Common "Glowing Pillar" Effect in UE4

I've noticed a common "glowing pillar beacon" effect in a few games lately (Overwatch, Fortnite, etc). The effect provides a translucent glowing beam pointing upwards that tapers off towards the top ...
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3D Perspective issues

My team is currently developing a 3D Sidescroller game and we encountered some issues regarding the whole in-game perspective of the levels. The levels are composed of 3D modeled corridors which are ...
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How to handle levels in Unity3d

I’m making a top-down 2d game in Unity3D for Android-based smartphones. Currently I have two scenes - a preloader and the game itself with all the stuff I need packed into one scene file. Also there ...
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How to test if a level is passable?

I am making an classic 2D arcade ball game. There will be 100 levels in this game. And after the 80th level passing the level by doing some arcade stuff will be very difficult. For example level 100 ...
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How can I make my players interested in the game lore of my MMORPG?

In WoW (World of Warcraft), players skip all quest descriptions, and mindlessly spam "auto attack button", ignore the environment, lore, NPCs as they never existed. I.e., they enter a brain dead "mode"...
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How are really big maps made? [duplicate]

I'm interested in how huge games like The Witcher 3 and Skyrim create and save the open worlds. In my own game I used a system where I stored the map data in a file seperated by commas. For example '...
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How to generate a dozen biomes

Currently I have Ocean, Desert, Grassland, Mountain, and Snow biomes. These are generated in subtractive layers of noise that prioritizes Low->Mid->High areas using multiple noises around 8km across. ...
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How can I handle a transition into building interiors?

I am trying some stuff on Unreal Engine to make something approching games like Commandos series. But for now, I'm stuck with something I can't figure how it is done : How are building interior ...
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Building Levels... Any tips for nice 'level enclosure'? To avoid having to make un-used parts of a level map

Hi everyone I have made myself a little SWAT action FPS style game. I have the basis of the code very well set up (by my standards!) and can easily add enemies where I want that all act differently by ...
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Art Guide Theory: Lighting an Game Environment (Objectives, approach/workflow and mood) in PBR

What's the theory behind the Lighting an Game Environment in a Physically Based Renderer? As far my research, lighting an scene is done with different Rules and Different Ways of Lighting an Scene ...
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What is the difference between Character Modeling and Level Design?

I'm thinking of either focusing on character modeling or level design, but I'm not sure what the differences are. Do companies consider them as separate jobs because I don't know that either. My ...
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How can I generate random levels like in "Square it!" game?

In this game, you have a 2d field with some free squares and two colored squares which you can move but only together (they'll move only if the spot is still "free"). And you have to fill whole free ...
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Mix of Procedural and Manual level design / creation in UE4

I'm trying to design a maze using a mix of procedural and manual generation. I have the maze already generated and would like to place other objects in the maze manually in the editor. The issue is ...
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What Game mechanic can I implement to give players incentive to finish a race?

I am essentially making deathrace the game. How do I give players incentive to finish or participate in the race instead of strictly deathmatching on the race track. Edit More Detail: General Race ...
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How to calculate a moving bonus limit

I'm trying to set a realistic limit on the number of bonus objects that randomly show up during a wave of enemies in my game. With each new wave I increase the number of enemies. During each wave I ...
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