UDK – Simple Light Flicker Tutorial

Simple Light Flicker / Matinee Property Track Tutorial


Level: Intermediate

Assumes you know the basics of UDK level development, kismet and matinee.

I’ve had a few students who have wanted to create horror styled levels and one thing they have trouble with is creating fire or a flashlight that flickers realistically. None of them really knew about using Matinee to control a lot of actor properties so I decided to create a quick tutorial about using them.

Using Matinee differs from how many of the students did their light flicker, in which they use kismet to turn it on and off. The straight toggle on and off effect looks strange as its has no change over time, its instant fluctuation makes the light feel artificial or mechanical rather than a malfunction or like natural fire.

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Gears of War :: Encounter Video Update

Just a quick video update on what I’ve gotten done on my basic combat encounter. I’ve been busy getting ready for my summer job teaching UDK as well as working on another project so this GoW level has kinda been left to the side for the past few weeks.

Still, I’ve managed to work on it here and there and was able to get a lot of the major work done. The level is still very much a work in progress, but its much closer to the final version than my previous updates. Check it out:

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Gears of War :: Encounter Continued

EDIT: Just gonna toss up some new shots from some more basic lighting work and such I finally got around to doing. Still a bit away from being finished but lighting helps a lot. Here are the same shots from before with new lighting and meshing!

Hey everyone!

I got around to working a bit more on my basic Gears of War combat encounter and I wanted to throw a quick update of my work here. Behold, screen shots!

I would upload a video but unfortunately I don’t have time to make a proper one and upload it tonight. So expect an updated video soon to show off the new kismet and gameplay tweaks.

So, Whats New?

Although most of the improvements can easily be seen come from meshing and texturing the level, I did actually get a lot more done on the kismet / gameplay / cinematic side of things.

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Gears of War :: The Basic Encounter

So I’ve been away from level design for a while now, it’s what I enjoy doing most but I’ve had to focus on a lot of programming and game design for a few of my classes lately and I’ve wanted to get back into making levels for my portfolio.

So, what should I work on? Well, I wanted to work on a single player experience, it’s something I haven’t done quite as much as the mutliplayer arenas and it would also allow me to focus in on a few objectives I have for this portfolio piece.

I’ve worked a lot with UDK recently but in the end I choose to work with Gears of War as it offers a lot more potential for single player experiences. I still ended up having small AI issues and things that I had to work around but that’s what good kismet creativity is for!

You can check out my first pass below:

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Castles Made of Sand

Castles Made of Sand is a game based on a Jimi Hendrix song of the same name. The game was created for my Art Games class in about 2 weeks of full production and a few more of experimentation. The idea focuses on what we took away from the song, which is a sense of change. The song’s chorus is all about how sand castles will always wash away into the sea. Much of the song and it’s lyrics feel sad but it combines this with a strangely upbeat and happy melody. It’s a weird mix but it helps create the idea that this constant world of change can be both good or bad.

Our game uses this idea to allow a lot of creativity, players can quickly create sand castles using randomly given pieces. However, the sea around them will eventually eat away at everything and break it down. Players simply have to accept the changes, they can rebuild a similar structure or create something entirely new.

You can download the game here: CastleFinalPresentation

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Casualty is a game I created for my Art Games class which is based off of a short animation. The idea was to use the provided video as inspiration and to create a game with a similar feeling and style that it provided.


Download the game here: Casualty

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10 Art Game Ideas:

So, for our first assignment we had to come up with 10 quick game ideas. Each one needed to be an Art Game in some way or another. The focus was to create change in the normal flow a traditional game would follow.


Generally we would stay within a smaller threshold of the traditional flow, increasing difficulty at some spots or bringing it back down to let the player relax for a moment. The blue line shows the basic flow path that you stick around while the red is what we are trying to accomplish with our “Art Games”. With each game idea, we want to push away from the traditional flow in some way or another and make some crazy flow pattern. It doesn’t even have to be a connected line if we don’t want, it could be completely broken up, jumping from extremely difficult to no difficulty at all.

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The Throne!

Gametype: Multiplayer Action Stealth Game

Perspective: Over Head Isometric View

Players: 8-16


The King has sadly passed away and the 12 days of mourning has begun. That means you only have 12 days to secure your place as the new King! Normally this would mean making allies with the Counsel through good will, good ideas, personality and policies. Then, at the end of the 12 Days, you would be voted in as the new King…

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