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Launchpad: A Rhythm-Based Level Generator for 2-D Platformers

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Launchpad: A Rhythm-Based Level Generator for 2-D Platformers
—Launchpad is an autonomous level generator that is based on a formal model of 2-D platformer level design. Levels are built out of small segments called “rhythm groups,” which are generated using a two-tiered, grammar-based approach. These segments are pieced together into complete levels that are then rated according to a set of design heuristics. Generation can be controlled using a set of parameters that influence the level pacing and geometry. The approach minimizes the amount of content that must be manually authored: instead of piecing together large segments of a level, Launchpad uses base components that are commonly found in a number of 2-D platformers. Launchpad produces an impressive variety of levels which are all guaranteed to be playable.
Gillian Smith, Jim Whitehead, Michael Mateas, Mike
Added 15 May 2011
Updated 15 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where TCIAIG
Authors Gillian Smith, Jim Whitehead, Michael Mateas, Mike Treanor, Jameka March, Mee Cha
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