Portfolio

Email: mattlevonian@gmail.com

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Interested in looking at my non-game work? Here is my high-school senior year research project, and here is a website I created in a hackathon in high-school.
Many of my games can be found on my itch.io page. Don’t miss my game jam games.

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Sky Command (2017-2018)

Sky Command is my current project. The game is a re-imagining of a school project (see below), taking the same sense of frantic player cooperation and bringing it to a VR action experience suited from the location-based experience of a VR arcade. Playing with a friend, you are crewing an airship and need to steer it, operate its guns, and repair its systems as you take damage. With only two people and three tasks, you are constantly running around and trying to coordinate with your friend to stay alive. The experience lasts roughly 15 minutes, and we are designing it to be highly replayable (a true arcade experience).

The game was selected as one of 6 greenlit projects from over 20 student pitches for the USC Games Advanced Game Projects capstone course. We have built a team of 22 students to develop a high-quality 15 minutes experience, to be finished by May 2018.

I am Technical Director on the project; I share responsibility for maintaining the creative vision on the project with the project’s Art Director, Kat Gray. This entails ensuring that each team member understands the experience goal and aesthetic of the game. I also lead the engineering efforts, manage 5 other engineers, and coordinate with UX designers, audio designers, writers, and artists to produce the necessary features and tools for development.

From Light (2015-2017)

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From Light is a 2D puzzle platformer with mechanics based on photography, especially long-exposure photography. The game was in the PAX 10, a group of “the ten best indie games in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor” curated by a panel of 50 industry experts, at PAX 2015. We are currently working on it as a team of 15 students and one USC graduate. We aim to develop it for commercial release, with target platforms of PC and Wii U.

When the game was accepted into the USC Games Advanced Game Projects course in 2016, I took on the role of Lead Engineer. Managing 3 other engineers, my responsibilities included week-to-week sprint task planning and personnel management, facilitating technical communication with and among other disciplines on the team, defining technical requirements for game systems, and ensuring tech debt was minimized.

Logo for the game.  PAX 10 Logo  Photo of us at the booth.

Sky Command (2016)

Sky Command was a class project at USC. I partnered with Kat Gray, and together we made an asymmetric cooperative/competitive multiplayer game about airship battles. In its current iteration, each airship is controlled by a team of two. One player controls the gun turrets while the other flies the ship and manages its health. The catch is that the navigator has to use an overhead map and can’t look around in first person. The gunner, on the other hand, has great spatial awareness through first-person visuals, but that’s all they have.

Galactic Steel (2015)

This was a final project for a class at USC. I worked with another programmer over the course of 4 weeks to produce what you see here. We went through a lot of iterations on gameplay and aesthetic, searching for something that felt really solid to play. The art and sound is almost entirely from the Internet, mostly places like DeviantArt and OpenGameArt.org. The game was made in Unity using C#, and FMOD for sound.

Galactic Steel is a space-themed 2D “hack and slash”. The player commands a battle-mech, wielding a large sword as their primary weapon. Gameplay is centered around chaining together attacks smoothly and accurately in order to build up damage bonuses. You are also given a rocket-powered dash maneuver, a reflective energy shield, and a blinding stun attack that helps you evade and outmaneuver opponents which are much more agile than you.

A screenshot of the gameplay. A screenshot of the gameplay.

I’ve hosted the game on itch.io (downloads available there).
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I also have a number of games from game jams, which vary highly in quality: Game Jam Games


A screenshot of H2GO. A screenshot of Watership Leaf. A screenshot of Lord of the Stoopids. A screenshot of Taproot.

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