Good or bad level design can make or break any game, so it is surprising how little reference material exists for level designers. Beginning level designers have a limited understanding of the tools and techniques they can use to achieve their goals, or even define them. This book is the first to use a conceptual and theoretical foundation to build such a set of practical tools and techniques. It is tied to no particular technology or genre, so it will be a useful reference for many years to come. Kremers covers many concepts universal to level design, such as interactivity, world building, immersion, sensory perception, pace, and more, and he shows how to apply these concepts in practical ways, with many examples from real games.
A book on level design comprehensive and relevant enough that I can recommend it to professional colleagues and students alike. The industry has needed a book like this for years. Kremers leaves no stone unturned, touching upon the relationship between level design and the game's lighting, audio, story, artificial intelligence, mechanics, puzzles ... It's a truly grand task to take in the domain of 'level design' and try to wrap it up into a book of manageable length. Kremers has succeeded in doing so, unafraid to mix in the relevant considerations of game design, art, and psychology where applicable. --Chris DeLeon, February 2010 This is not just another book that deals with the discipline of level design. ... This book covers relevant concepts and theories behind designing levels. Instruction in building levels is replaced by fascinating examinations behind the reasons why. --A. Chen, CHOICE Magazine, June 2010
Introduction to Level Design Game Design vs. Level Design Teaching Mechanisms Level Design Goals and Hierarchies Level Design Structure and Methodology Single-Player vs. Multiplayer Considerations Towards a Shared Grammer for Level Emotional Feedback Systems Reward Systems Immersion Negative Emotions Game Environments Visual Experiences Audio Design Game Stories Story and Narrative Designing Gameplay World Building Puzzles Artificial Intelligence Challenge Final Thoughts Considering the Future
Series: Ak Peters Ser.
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 7th March 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 23.5
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1