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Video: Everything I Learned About Level Design I Learned from Disneyland
January 3, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff

January 3, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff
More: Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Video

Courtesy of the GDC Vault is another free lecture video, this time from Game Developers Conference 2009.

In this lecture, Scott Rogers illustrates how Disneyland's attractions and overall park layout make for excellent real-world analogues to games' world maps, individual levels, and more. As with creating memorable theme park rides, he suggests to allow the game's story to guide design, to use the environment to tell a story, to encourage player movement, and to maximize emotions.

Check out the free video here!

Session Name: Everything I Learned About Level Design I Learned from Disneyland

Speaker(s): Scott Rogers

Company Name(s): THQ

Track / Format: Game Design

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Glenn Storm
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Among the very coolest of talks! (Gave me a lot to think about on a recent trip to the mouse house)

David OConnor
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Wow, what an extraordinary talk... I thought the link to Disney was a gimmick, but Scott makes a lot of compelling and useful points. Thanks Jeff!

Mark Venturelli
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Cool talk, and I indentify with pretty much everything the guy says, being pretty much living on this stuff for the 2+ years that I've researched Disney design for our comedy action game Dungeonland - a LOT of these design principles translated directly from theme park design to our game design.

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