A level editor is a piece of software that allows gamers to create their own playing fields for their favorite game. They often give a great boost to the game’s replay value and popularity. Level editors have existed since the days of Loderunner. Interest in them became more widespread with the coming of Doom and its add-on wad files. Today, many gamers find it a disappointment if a game doesn’t have a level editor.

By my reckoning, there are basically three types of level editors:

CaptainSpam's writeup for reminding me that Loderunner had a level editor.

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