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i'm beginner at game development and i started to design some levels and environments but should i download my assets or learn how to create them like 3D modeling ,texturing etc if i want to have a job in the industry as a level designer ?

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31 minutes ago, frob said:

Generally a level designer starts with a "white box" or "gray box" world, where barriers and stuff are filled with simple placeholders. 

This is also known as "blocking". Recently a lot of developers have shared images of their raw levels, you can find most them on #blocktober.

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5 hours ago, kane david said:

i want to have a job in the industry as a level designer ?

You need to know how to implement stuff.

Your job will be designing corridors so that characters and AI don't get stuck, designing levels that play fairly on both sides or guides the player in single player. Designing things like bridges that break and so forth.

In other words 3D modelers and environment artist produce the assets that you want, so that you can make the level.

 

The most important things to learn for a level designer is lighting, staging and most importantly communication. The level designer is the link between artist and programmers.

Most of the level designers I worked with did know some 3D modeling. Not to a point where they could make all the stuff they needed but to a point where they could make small adjustments to the art we provided.

Level designer often know a lot of code, so that they can create intractable pieces.

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On 11/24/2017 at 5:11 PM, frob said:

level designer is an extremely rare job

so who could do this part if it's hard i mean how they mange levels without level designer ?

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On 11/24/2017 at 7:11 AM, frob said:

As you are looking for an entry into the game field, level designer is an extremely rare job.

 

48 minutes ago, kane david said:

so who could do this part if it's hard i mean how they mange levels without level designer ?

frob didn't say level design jobs are rare. He said level design is rare as an entry-level job.  Also, he didn't say level design is hard. 

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To be fair, I did say GOOD level design is hard. 

 

Creating levels that are balanced, or better, "perfectly imbalanced", is extremely challenging even for experienced veterans.  Such levels are design that every player and every set of options has different yet approximately equal advantages available to them, and whatever advantage a player can take, another player has an option available that overcomes that advantage.

Often that means each character type includes both a strength and a weakness, the strength overcomes other character types and the weakness is overcome by others.  With sufficient skill each player can defend against their weakness, but doing so tends to mean focusing on the weakness so they gain no use of their strength.  Thus each option has similar levels of power and is balanced, but each option can overthrow others so they are imbalanced.

Other times that means intentionally limiting resources, such as having six zones but only five characters, or having three zones with five characters.  No mater what choice they make the game will be unbalanced, yet it is balanced enough that the game can be played for an extended time.  Coupled with a perfect imbalance of character types, the game can be replayed for years if popular, as LoL demonstrates.

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As the others have said, you don't necessarily need artistic skill to be a good level designer. Perhaps you should look into getting to know how to use unity and gain some technical artist skills. technical artists basically link the artists and programmers.

On 11/25/2017 at 8:12 AM, kane david said:

so who could do this part if it's hard i mean how they mange levels without level designer ?

From my experience, the team would get an idea of what should be implemented from the project lead, then the team gets together to draw up the levels together. The lead would then approve or not.

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