Part 1a – An Introduction to Level Design


Games are used almost everywhere now, sometimes you don’t even realize when you’re playing. Anyone can like games as there are many age ratings, many game styles and a large variety of story lines fun for anyone. Gamification is very popular now as it is seen as  a way of advertising as well as entertainment. (For more information on gamification via my blog click here: https://hannahbalesblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/games-design-gamification/

I really enjoy gamification but I think it also has its disadvantages; for example Pokémon Go was a big hit as soon as it was announced and now most people I know play which is good because we can talk about it and search for Pokémon together, however it can lead to conflict as some people may have better pokémon than you do and therefore it becomes a competition, also there has been many accidents since the game was released (mainly car accidents) and as well as that we have to take into consideration that the world already isn’t very social due to portable gaming and messaging. Everyone stares at their phones to much these days and I believe that will cause big issues in the future. Gamification can have some great advantages though as some people try to make games that benefit specific audiences, for example Jane McGonigal created an app called ‘SuperBetter’ this app helps you with your physical and mental fitness by treating your problems like the bad guys in a game and fighting them off by completing the given tasks. For example if you struggle to be social the app with challenge you slightly each day by maybe getting you to message someone or post something on a social media website.


Pokémon Go App

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Super Better App by Jane McGonigal

Technology within Society

As well as gamification we have lots of technology all around us, some say too much whereas some say too little. Security cameras are a big issue at the moment as they are everywhere, they watch our every move; this is a good thing as we feel safe knowing we have the cameras to catch anyone behaving badly but we also want some personal space (we don’t want to be filmed everywhere we go). As well as cameras we have information; most information is given out in a digital format now such as when you visit a museum, go on a tour, view/buying items in a shop; most people will usually shop online now because they don’t want to have to be around too many people. When I went on a tour in London at the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio many people had headphones on with a touchscreen device, I thought it was an easy way to get the information across but no one was really looking at where they was walking and no one could hear you so it seemed to be quite rude.

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Too much CCTV?


Harry Potter Digital Tour

Retro Games Vs Modern Day

I really liked the original games from the 1990’s as I found them very fun, so fun in fact that I still play some of them today. Arcade games used to be very enjoyable and still are, however I believe that some of them you couldn’t really play for hours unless you was so desperate to break someones high score as I found them to be very repetitive (although I still have to consider when the game was made as they didn’t have very advanced technology at the time. Arcade games such as Pong (1972), Donkey Kong (1981) and Pacman (1980) had very repetitive levels; the area would be the same, however some items would change place to give it a bit more variety also the music was incredibly catchy and the characters/games are very iconic and have been improved furthermore in this modern day.



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Donkey Kong

nostalgia pacman love


Video Game Glitches

I like modern day games as they take me a while to complete and even after completing the story modes I now have the fun of achievement hunting or playing the extra add-ons (dlc-downloadable content). They are fun, but because games these days have better graphics and a longer story plot as well as extra content we have more problems with glitches, crashes and general issues throughout the games. Also game companies are competing against who has the best graphics that they are not actually listening to what the customers want such as story lines, memorable characters and large maps/extraordinary areas to discover.

Below are some video game glitches that I have came across whilst playing some of my games.

Saints Row Glitch Screenshot – Car stuck in the floor

Goat Simulator Glitch Screenshot – NPC floating in the air

Fallout 4 Asset Glitch Screenshot – Skeleton Floating for no apparent reason

Games aren’t always digital, we can also play board games. I enjoy a good board game as they are mainly aimed at 2 or more players which influences more family time. Some games are fun to play but after a while can get quite stressful, take ‘Monopoly’ as an example; it is known as the board game the can tear families apart because people cheat and people get jealous. A few of my friends play ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ I really enjoy card games because it isn’t one set game, it is many in one and you have the chance to make as many of your own games as possible. As well as board games there are games that involve sport such as laserquest or paintball and even games you played as a child such as tag or hide and seek. I enjoy laserquest as it does feature some digital affects such as lighting and points scoring, however it is great to get involved with friends and enjoy the environment, sound effects and music.


Pokemon Go Image Source: http://www.redbull.com/en/games/stories/1331804885230/pokemon-go-tips-red-bull-games

Super Better Image Source: https://www.superbetter.com/about

CCTV Image Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30978995

Harry Potter Image Source: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/the-tour-experience/about-the-studio-tour#ID-80888F9EDA3841688E898BA33AD3E39A

Pong GIF Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/pong-bGYg4GQPXM5BC

Donkey Kong GIF Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/super-mario-donkey-kong-jumpman-4pPrCPDBQ5k88

Pacman GIF Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/nostalgia-pacman-love-jxJjBMvqEvMSA

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