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Hello everyone I am a total Newbie! I am currently studing at university a computer science course I am hoping to work in the games industry when I graduate. Any who I am currently learning Java (via blue J) its going ok. But I am hoping to work in level design/visual design when I leave uni. So I am hoping that someone can direct me to visual design & level design resources (I have been looking into "Blender" recently) Thanks for you help! PEACE

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Blender in my opinion is the best free choice!

Maya and 3D Studio Max are my favorite priced choices!

Start on blender then go on to one of the priced choices next would be good. :)

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As for level-design, many games nowadays ship with level-editors. Unreal and UnrealEd, Half-Life and Hammer, to name some popular ones. There are various other free and more generic editors out there as well, such as Quark or Radiant. The various modding communities that formed around these games contain a lot of information, so it shouldn't be too hard to get started with one of these. :)

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Because the world doesn't just consist of FPS...

If you own The Elder Scrolls Morrowind ($10 these days, or less) or Oblivion on PC, you can either d/l or use the pack-in construction kit to do some really amazing stuff. The Elder Scrolls construction kit is used in house at Bethesda for level content creation -- also (because I think people should mess with stuff that -isn't- just FPS) the original Neverwinter Nights has a powerful free toolkit called Aurora -- download from Bioware website, or use version included with game. Very powerful system, lets you script stuff etc. Bioware often asks prospective employees to have done some work with Aurora and equivalent stuff :)

~Shiny (not a level designer, but a programmer)

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StarCraft and WarCraft III also have some impressive level editing tools. And since games are going to return to 2D, StarCraft's would be an excellent choice, right? No, but WarCraft III's is pretty darn good.

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