When he was a kid, Matt Szymanski felt that he wanted to create video games. Matt got into level design when he got Half-Life while still in high school as he felt it was the best way to realize this ambition. However, he quickly discovered Counter-Strike and became increasingly interested in level design for the game as he loved the concept of the game.
While Matt had picked up level design for Counter-Strike at around the time Beta 2 had been released, he felt that he didn't get good at it until around the time Beta 6.5 was released. Szymanski used various video games, movies and television shows as inspiration for his designs. The first map he completed, Highrise, would be included as an official map with Beta 7.0.
For Counter-Strike 1.1, Szymanski finished an update for Highrise and also created a new embassy map. However, the embassy map was never made official and as Highrise was removed in the patch, the updated version never entered official rotation.
Following his venture into Counter-Strike mapping, Szymanski had plans to try out mapping for other mods.
List of maps
|US Embassy (cs)||Level designer||2001|