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17Aug/14Off

Composition in Level Design – New article on LEVEL-DESIGN.org Knowledge Base!

LEVEL-DESIGN.org Knowledge Base has been updated with a new article on Composition in Level Design.

When designing a level you're able to freely compose your virtual environment with any objects you want. This distinguishes level designers from the landscape photographers. You don't have to adopt to existing elements of nature or architecture. You can affect the scene dramatically. A level designers' work can be compared to that of a painter. Now let's see the level as the art gallery and the level vistas as paintings. It means that a player can traverse from one composition to another.

You can read the article here. Have a good reading!

Update:
You can also read the article on Gamasutra Blogs - link.

16Aug/14Off

LEVEL-DESIGN.org News Roundup – Volume 25

Hello fellow designers and artists! I've been quiet for a long time. I was a bit busy with the Knowledge Base but it's all fine now! Here's a pack of level design news from few last weeks:

LEVEL-DESIGN.org News Roundup – Volume 25

Articles:

Tools:

Videos:

LEVEL-DESIGN.org Reference Database Updates:

  • Sanctum 2 [Gallery]
  • SpecOps: The Line - Complete SP Campaign [Gallery]
  • Battlefield 3 - Multiplayer Levels [Gallery]
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition: Resurrection of Evil - Complete SP Campaign [Gallery]
10Aug/14Off

First Page From The LEVEL-DESIGN.org Knowledge Base Is Now Available!

 

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I'm happy to announce that my own Wiki-based knowledge base is now available - LEVEL-DESIGN.org Knowledge Base! First page that is ready to publish is about Dominants. I hope you'll find it useful. Please, feel free to contact me with any hints, requests or comments!

Here's a quick note about the new website:

Most of the books and articles I've read were very game- or engine-specific. I was looking for a very universal knowledge that shows very detailed level production phases from video game development. I couldn't find any so I've decided to pick MediaWiki engine and write down everything I know about making levels. The results are what you're reading right now, LEVEL-DESIGN.org Knowledge Base. This website gathers information about all the aspects of the level creation process and is prepared for both aspiring and experienced Level Artists & Designers. In my series of articles I'll try to explain principles of Level Art & Design on neutral ground, without technical requirements and capabilities.

All the content is written from my own experience, observation and analysis with as much development tidbits as I could put in. Comments, thoughts, requests and bug reports are welcome!

I don't know how often the website will be updated, please follow LEVEL-DESIGN.org Blog or my Twitter feed to know about the updates. I can assure you that the next update will be about Composition and it will be available in the beginning of the next week.

Quick links:

14Jul/14Off

LEVEL-DESIGN.org News Roundup – Volume 24

LEVEL-DESIGN.org News Roundup – Volume 24

Scenes and Levels:

  • Korath - Witcher Saga Inspired Environment by Krzysztof Teper [Video]
  • Cartographer's Nightmare - New Quake 1 SP level by KillPixel [Trailer] [func_msgboard]

Interviews:

Tools:

Videos:

  • Mass Effect - "Citadel" Environment Presentation Video [Polygon Fragments]
  • Map Jam - Making of brushwork by Simon "Sock" O'Callaghan [Part 1] [Part 2]
  • Unreal Engine 4 Cave Effects Tech Demo [Video]
  • Probable Carcinogen - Quake 1 SP Custom Gamer Commentary [Video]
  • Jam1_Arrrcee - Quake 1 SP Custom Gamer Commentary [Video]

Other:

  • LEVEL-DESIGN.org Level Art & Design Resources - Article Updated [List]

LEVEL-DESIGN.org Reference Database Updates:

  • Outlast - First minutes [Gallery]
  • Wolfenstein: New Order - Complete SP Campaign [Gallery]
28Jun/14Off

LEVEL-DESIGN.org Portfolios on Spot Vol. 1

I wanted to return to an old LEVEL-DESIGN.org tradition of promoting talented artists and designers by showing you their work. Featuring portfolios in News Roundup series wasn't a good idea, it had no impact because lack of screenshots. Let me feature few images that show some of the greatest talents, their works and... get inspired! Check out LEVEL-DESIGN.org Portfolios on Spot Volume 1!

Each featured portfolio lands automatically on "LEVEL-DESIGN.org Featured Portfolios" page.

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28Jun/14Off

LEVEL-DESIGN.org News Roundup – Volume 23

LEVEL-DESIGN.org News Roundup – Volume 23:

Articles:

Contests:

Tools:

Videos:

  • League of Legends: Summoner's Rift - Level Design Analysis [Design Club]
  • Super Mario Bros Level 1-1 Analysis [Design Club]
  • Rage Subway Town - Environment Presentation [Polygon Fragments]
  • Citizen Returns Part 1 - HL2 SP Level Design Commentary [Custom Gamer]
  • Crow Avenue - HL2 SP Level Design Commentary [Custom Gamer]
  • Level Design - Early Video Games [YouTube]

LEVEL-DESIGN.org Reference Database Updates:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Complete SP Campaign [Gallery]
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (MP) - Complete MP Campaign [Gallery]
  • Call of Duty: World at War - Complete SP Campaign [Gallery]
  • Call of Duty: World at War (MP) - Few first Multiplayer levels [Gallery]
  • Dead Island: Riptide - Two first locations [Gallery]
  • Wolfenstein: New Order - First few levels [Gallery]