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Game Designers Are Sharing Naked, Unfinished Levels for "Blocktober"

If you want to see what a game looks like before the many layers of polish, this is an illuminating hashtag.

Patrick Klepek

Patrick Klepek

Image courtesy of Nicholas Lance

Every game starts from nothing, whether it's a massive spectacle like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy or a smaller independent production like Tacoma. In fact, one of the basic building blocks of game development is exactly that: blocks. When a level designer is conceptualizing a stage for players, they're often working without many of the aesthetic tools that help breathe life into it.

#Blocktober is a Twitter hashtag where developers are sharing intimate, unfinished looks at levels they've worked on. It's fascinating insight into the parts of game development most of us never see; often, publishers assume audiences can't handle seeing a game before layers of polish have been applied.

(Given the way some parts of the Internet react, I can't exactly blame them.)

You can sift through #Blocktober yourselfor follow @BlocktoberLD, which is retweeting entries in the hashtag—but I've pulled out some illuminating entries, and placed them beside finalizeds version of the levels being highlighted.

Dead Space 2 — School

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy — End of the Line

Payday 2 — Alesso Heist

Bullestorm — Jumpship Arrival

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