If you need to do a project for school, and also happen to have a lot of spare time on your hands, maybe you should give stop-motion a go. Seriously--because you can re-create something like Mario levels in paper, and it will look almost like the real thing.
That's exactly what Connor Wilson did for his computer class in high school. He put together his own Mario level--made entirely out of paper--using iStopMotion, a piece of software that makes it easier to create and edit stop-motion video. Think of all those different objects that would need drawing and cutting! He finished the project off using iMovie and Ableton Live.
You have to love the level of detail he used here: even at the end of the level, Connor makes sure Mario completely misses the key jump to reach the top of the flagpole. Connor also seems to be doing a quite a dash through the level.
You'd need a lot of patience to do a project similar to Connor's--just think of how many times you'd need to set up a scene just for one photo, and repeat. Still, the fun result is completely worth it.
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