Level Design:
The Intricacies of Player Guidance

“Creating a Playable, fully explorable scene in Unreal Engine 5 focusing on world building, level layout, tone and mood”

Mark Braasch

24 Y/O UE Graduate, focusing on 2D and 3D art, level design, and environmental storytelling

Mark Braasch

24 y/o artist, child at heart.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Taking my kids to school

What is a good design for you?

Not enough. GREAT design for me, is when the world intertwines at every turn with the story. Where every little detail gives off a hint of plot or lore and the experience is tailored to keep the player in awe.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

First year programming, but nothing can compare with having to deal with student services.

Who or what inspires you?

My own thirst to make. Designing things- from their pencil and paper inception all the way to seeing them come alive is like a drug for me. I need a constant fix.

How do you approach a new project?

Chaotically. Very rarely will I take the steps of planning things out. I simply run before I can walk, and make it up as I go. Its fun never knowing how things will turn up in the end.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Dont. Game design , I have learned isnt something a university can give or teach you. They can give you access to software and maybe some contacts- but thats about it. With free stuff like Unreal and youtube tutorials, you can learn and do much more than you could by accumulating debt.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I have become far more grounded. In the beginning I was much more naive, and far more blindly enthusiastic. Ive developed a sense of caution to everything game related- including institutions and of course people.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I needed a sense of direction. I needed a solid place where to plant my feet, and university seemed like the right choice. I do not know if the same is true anymore- but ultimately I did the decision that made the most sense at the time, with the information available.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

The lack of profesionalism of some staff members, as well as delayed response and lack of contact/ clarity from the university's side.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With my friends and family.

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Javier Martelli