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Level Design Resources

 

Jobs

https://fiea.ucf.edu/industry/job-resources/

Videos to Watch

Designing Unforgettable Titanfall Single Player Levels with Action Blocks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkHGuHd9BgU

GDC 2024

Level and Quest Design Collaboration from Skyrim to Starfield 

https://gdcvault.com/play/1034611/Level-Design-Summit-Level-and 

Your room is the level: mixing realities in First Encounters

https://gdcvault.com/play/1034692/Meta-Developer-Summit-Your-Room

GDC 2023

Benefits of Missing Out: What 'Cyberpunk 2077' Taught Us About Non-Linear Level Design

https://gdcvault.com/play/1029213/Level-Design-Summit-Benefits-of 

Designing Cauldrons for 'Horizon Forbidden West'

https://gdcvault.com/play/1028753/Level-Design-Summit-Designing-Cauldrons 

 Moving Mountains: Speedy Level Creation as a Desperate Indie Dev

https://gdcvault.com/play/1029215/Level-Design-Summit-Moving-Mountains 

The Level Design Evolution of 'A Plague Tale'

https://gdcvault.com/play/1029353/The-Level-Design-Evolution-of 

GDC 2022

 'Deathloop': How We Designed Four Maps Four Times

https://gdcvault.com/play/1027993/Level-Design-Summit-Deathloop-How

 1,2,3 Acion! Inspiring Level Design Pacing From Music

https://gdcvault.com/play/1027548/Level-Design-Summit-1-2 

Designing the Museum Flashback: 'The Last of Us Part II'

https://gdcvault.com/play/1027964/Level-Design-Summit-Designing-the

Just Me & My Pitch: The Confused Art of Showing a Layout

https://gdcvault.com/play/1027998/Level-Design-Summit-Just-Me

Torchbearers: New Generation Immersive Sim Developers

https://gdcvault.com/play/1027977/Level-Design-Summit-Torchbearers-New 

Knocking on Death's Door: Designing a New Bunker for 'Horizon Forbidden West'

https://gdcvault.com/play/1027764/Level-Design-Summit-Knocking-on

Helpful Websites

A digital museum of video game levels

https://noclip.website

 

Things to Read

 

Why I Failed for Years at Level Design and Game Environments

https://www.worldofleveldesign.com/categories/level_design_tutorials/why-i-failed-for-years-at-level-design-and-game-environments.php

Level Design/ BlueprintsUnreal Editor (UE)

Designer's guide to Unreal Engine keyboard shortcuts

https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/tech-blog/designer-s-guide-to-unreal-engine-keyboard-shortcuts 

Lighting Essential Concepts and Effects

https://dev.epicgames.com/community/learning/courses/Xwp/lighting-essential-concepts-and-effects/W0K/lighting-basics

Level Design/ Blueprints

 

World of Level Design (also has great UE4 tutorial videos):

https://worldofleveldesign.com/

 

Informative articles on composition with many examples:

http://www.clement-melendez.com/portfolio/articles/push-pull/composition

http://level-design.org/?page_id=2274

 

Blueprints - If you learn by reading:

https://docs.unrealengine.com/en-US/Engine/Blueprints/index.html

Else, YouTube and downloading free blueprint projects from Epic and dissection them & practicing their tactics

C# scripting

 

Udemy (not free, but usually have good sales)

https://www.udemy.com/topic/c-sharp/

 

Jeremy & Ron

Once you have the basics, you can start making small apps/games to practice and use Jeremy and/or Ron if you get stuck

 

Google (not joking; lots of people looking for help online that most likely have your same question)

 

Get a free Visual Studio account to get access to Pluralsight trial for a limited time FREE – good resource to learn

LinkedIn Learning (free for all UCF Students)

 

Microsoft themselves (also free, yay)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/csharp/index (many links in their descriptions that lead to their free tutorials)

3D modeling

Mike Hermes on YouTube (free)

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y__tsqaKxxk

 

Also Pluralsight as mentioned for C#

 

Nick Z. and Cheryl 

Portfolio Websites

https://www.ryanwinterdesign.com

https://elaine-delrosario.com 

http://www.kevinkcheng.com

http://www.harrisonpink.com/

Cohort 20

https://www.blakebarbosagama.com 

https://jalexdaspit.wixsite.com/jalexdaspit 

https://ryanehrlich.com/

https://www.michael-a-harris.com/

https://desmediocre.wixsite.com/gaoyang

https://www.austinmichaud.com/

https://ianka64.wixsite.com/ianmontillacruz

https://ma056481.wixsite.com/margaretnielsen-com

https://yu515120.wixsite.com/my-site-2

https://danvelasco20.wixsite.com/my-site

https://matthewwhittington6.wixsite.com/ldportfolio 

https://brandonawolf.wixsite.com/mysite

https://dhruvyadav0109.wixsite.com/ldportfolio

Cohort 19

https://adrienneboatright.wixsite.com/adrienne-boatright

https://www.kyle-conway.com

https://figueroaj2797.wixsite.com/javier-figueroa

https://dylankochsgamedesignportfolio.wordpress.com

https://tdkosier.wixsite.com/portfolio

https://www.limengqi.com

https://menard8282.wixsite.com/website

https://timothyray90.wixsite.com/timothyray

https://www.lilriggleman.com

https://mariahsampson.myportfolio.com/

https://danielthompson.squarespace.com

https://www.loganrw.com/

https://jingyuyan.squarespace.com

Cohort 18

https://corbinelijah16.wixsite.com/my-site

https://everettfrank.com/

https://www.nealgallagherdesign.com/

https://www.karthikgoparaju.com/

https://aidangorey.com/

https://treymartinezdev.wixsite.com/tmartinezdevsite

https://breannaseale.weebly.com/

https://zummerz36.wixsite.com/my-site

Student Created Video Presentations

Game Space by Gaoyang Mi   

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/960735697/d6b9281e6d 

 

Open World Gaming: An Expanded Explanation by Margaret Nielsen https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/960733535/631a393106  

Player Guidance and Navigation by Ryan Ehrlich

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/960738668/2dc1e90cfc 

 

Environmental Storytelling by YuhaoTao

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/960736697/be8851dcf1

Non-Linear Level Design by Quin Li

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/960732482/90da80b4d1

 

Environmental Storytelling in Games by Daniel Velasco

https://vimeo.com/985102434/211a3d4478?

Combat Design by Michael Harris

https://vimeo.com/985102196/9a5c2f246b?

Spatial Audio in Level Design Dhruv Yadav

https://vimeo.com/985102051/bf853d1171?

Player Guidance and Navigation by Blake Barbosa Gama

https://vimeo.com/985084197/163587b841?

Lighting: Mood, Atmosphere and Guidance by Ian Montilla Cruz

https://vimeo.com/985084120/5f8f4e1f69?

Modding to Get Jobs by Alex Daspit

https://vimeo.com/985084050/d6c3498763?

The Fundamentals of Metrics in Level Design, the effective application of Metrics, and When to change metrics in favor of the Game by Brandon Wolf

https://vimeo.com/985092940/b366bd36b1?

Verticality and What it Means for Your Game by Matthew Whittington

https://vimeo.com/985092900/804139cb7a?

Player Guidance by Austin Michaud

https://vimeo.com/985102531/ca5f456347?

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