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Video Game Level Design

How to Create Video Games with Emotion, Interaction, and Engagement

Michael Salmond (Florida Gulf Coast University, USA)



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Bloomsbury Academic
11 February 2021
Level design connects the player to the game through challenges, experiences, and emotions. This book is an invaluable introduction to the evolving practices of Level Designers across the games industry. The increasingly complex role of the Level Designer requires technical and creative skill as it brings together architecture, art, player psychology, interaction design, usability, and experience design. This book explores in detail the principles designers employ when planning levels and building engaging spaces for the player. As well as practical approaches to level design, the book delves into the theoretical underpinnings of the processes and charts a path towards thinking like a Level Designer.

Throughout the book you will be guided through the fundamentals of level design: each chapter builds on the types of research, ideation, best practices, and methodologies Level Designers employ when creating prototypes and shipped games. A series of interviews with designers and case studies from game studios examine the application of industry-wide expertise used to create triple-A and indie game titles. By the end of this book you will have gained valuable insight into the role of a Level Designer and be able to devise, plan, and build your own engaging and entertaining game levels.
By:   Michael Salmond (Florida Gulf Coast University USA)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 270mm,  Width: 210mm, 
Weight:   852g
ISBN:   9781350099500
ISBN 10:   1350099503
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   11 February 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. What Is Level Design? 2. Creating Immersive, Believable Worlds 3. Design for Narrative 4. Environment Design vs Level Design 5. Building Worlds 6. Design for Single & Multiplayer 7. Level Design is Agile Design 8. The Language of Level Design 9. Prototyping Level Design 10. The Game Is the Level, the Level Is the Game 11. Communication and Final Touches 12. Where to Next?

Michael Salmond is program coordinator of the Digital Media Design B.A. program at Florida Gulf Coast University, USA. He is the author of The Fundamentals of Interactive Design (2015) and Video Game Design: Principles and Practices from the Ground Up (2017). He has published scholarly papers on video gaming and is an active game developer and interaction designer.

Reviews for Video Game Level Design: How to Create Video Games with Emotion, Interaction, and Engagement

A pragmatic approach to level design that captures the critical elements needed to conceptualize and create meaningful player experiences. Michael Salmond uses practical and straightforward examples to clearly define and explore the key considerations of game and level designers alike. The content is diverse covering many topics, yet succinct and to the point. This book fills a critical void for video game education. * Johnny Luce *

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