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Get a job: Hangar 13 is hiring an experienced Level Architect

Novato-based Hangar 13, the newest 2K Games studio, seeks a seasoned level architect to join the team working on designing 3D environments and optimizing game levels in its Novato, CA offices. …


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This Week in Video Game Criticism: From race in Witcher 3 to local level design

This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from race politics of The Witcher 3 to a philosophy of local level design. …


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Turn Your Screen Into A Mario Level With Screentendo

A new app allows you to give your computer desktop a definite Mario twist. Though it's just a proof of concept at this point, the Screentendo desktop app gives you the ability to process what is on your screen and transform it into a scene ripped straight from Super Mario Bros.

Aaron Randall's Screentendo accomplishes this by processing the image and applying several filters to make the image on your screen more readable for the app. From there, the section you designate is changed to feature brick blocks and the blue sky background from Super Mario Bros. You can check out the video of how Randall transformed the Google homepage into the image you see above.

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Despite how cool the app looks in action, Randall admits that its current state features several limitations including the need for a sharp contrast for it to work as designed, as well as some issues with the physics once you're put in control of Mario. The code is currently available on Randall's blog, but the app requires you to use Xcode to run it.

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[Via: Kotaku

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Video: Deconstructing competitive Counter-Strike: GO level design

At the GDC 2015 eSports Summit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community level designers Shawn Snelling and Salvatore Garozzo speak frankly about the process of building levels for competitive play. …


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Don’t Miss: Tactical level design and the metrics of space

In this classic 2012 feature, PhD and game educator McMillan examines how POV affects players, showcasing a variety of gameplay scenarios and different tactical choices players may be confronted with. …


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Get a job: Hi-Rez Studios seeks a Level Designer

The folks responsible for Smite and Tribes: Ascend are looking for an experienced level designer to join the development team at Hi-Rez Studios’ Alpharetta, Georgia headquarters. …


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Get a job: Hi-Rez Studios seeks a Level Designer

The folks responsible for Smite and Tribes: Ascend are looking for an experienced level designer to join the development team at Hi-Rez Studios’ Alpharetta, Georgia headquarters. …


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Level design for melee combat systems: Talking to the experts

On combat, with God of War’s Alex Sulman, DmC: Devil May Cry’s Rahni Tucker, The Last of Us’ Anthony Newman, Aztez’s Ben Ruiz, Dead Island 2′s Daniel Nordlander, Killzone’s Doug Walker, and others. …


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Don’t Miss: Level design in The Legend of Zelda

Can the original Zelda game still have things to teach designers? Mike Stout (Skylanders) dives back into the 1986 classic to see how Miyamoto handled pathing, challenge ramping, and more. …


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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Claptastic Voyage DLC And Raised Level Cap Both Arrive This Month

New DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the Claptastic Voyage and
Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, are both arriving later this
month.

In Claptastic Voyage, a new campaign add-on, Handsome Jack finds something valuable inside of Claptrap's mind and digitizes the hunters so they can venture into Claptrap's brain to retrieve it. The DLC will apparently reveal why Claptrap likes dub-step so much and let you generally explore his mind. The DLC will also include a customizable arena where you can tweak gravity settings, enemy difficulty, and more.

Along with the Claptastic Voyage, players can also grab Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, which raises the level cap to 70.

The two DLC pieces are included in the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's season pass, or they can be purchased together for $ 9.99. The DLC will be available March 24 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will include the DLC. The Handsome Collection also releases March 24.

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