June 26, 2017

Summer Game Jam at UAT

Global Game Jam awards




UAT Game Studios is hosting a summer Game Jam at UAT on July 7-9, to power up the level of energy and productivity around campus. Game Jams unfold quickly in just 48-hours, giving developers a deadline of completion. UAT Professor Ben Reichert is a huge advocate for Game Jams and students starting their own indie game studio. Game Jams are held at UAT multiple times a year usually producing some really awesome games. Some notable past Game Jam winners have been Whiskered Away, Couch Game, Happy Skies and Crimson Nights, which have all seen further development. How does a Game Jam work? We spoke…

Alumni Releases New Game: Spray ‘N’ Prey from Monster Vault Entertainment

Spray N Prey from Monster Vault Entertainment




We recently received an update from Mike Densmore, an alumni who dual majored in Game Design and Game Art & Animation at UAT, and he has some exciting news to share about new mobile game Spray ‘N’ Prey, published by his indie game company Monster Vault Entertainment. Spray ‘N’ Prey is a bullet hell shooter that pits you against a never ending onslaught of Monsters. Let the bullets fly as you unleash Hell with explosions to even the odds to keep the murder spree going. Compete for top spot bragging rights in the Murder Machine ranking system. The game is…

Phoenix Global Game Jam Held at UAT – Jan 20-22

Phoenix Global Game Jam held at UAT




New Year, new game jam! Collaborate and compete with game developers from all over Arizona and the world in the 2017 Phoenix Global Game Jam! Whether you’re a grizzled game dev veteran or a total newb, you’re invited. Join a team and collaborate for 48 hours to build an awesome game. Come alone, start a team with your friends, or hop onto a team at the jam. This year’s Phoenix Global Game Jam is sponsored by Clique, Red Bull, and the University of Advancing Technology. The prizes are going to be awesome – so stay tuned! Program Itinerary: Day 1…

Game Students Keep Communication Flowing with Scrum Management Tool, Axosoft

Crimson Nights using Axosoft Scrum Management Software




Photo: Kenny Ryan (left) checks the Axosoft to-do list with Crimson Nights artist Terrence Miller. The UAT Game Studios class brings together students from different disciplines such as game programming, game design, art and animation and digital video to develop video games from the initial concept to a completed work. For every game dev project, each team member has their own set of responsibilities and must meet specific milestones to completion along the way. At UAT, students may work physically on campus or virtually from their homebase as online students. No matter what the students’ physical location, everyone needs to communicate and…

Innovative Challenge Issued by Provost at UAT Connect

UAT Connect Innovation Challenge 3d Printed Trophy




Last week, UAT welcomed a new class of enthusiastic technology students to the Tempe campus. Before the fall semester begins, students move into the resident dormitory UAT Founder’s Hall and participate in Connect Orientation to get to know the campus and other students. This year, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman presented each team of students with a challenge. The challenge was to create an innovative project that would be judged by him and the program champions by Wednesday of the first week of class. The criteria was to impress the judges with the design, be complete, overcome obstacles and work as…

Game On Expo

Game On Expo




Game enthusiasts, it’s time to get your game on because the Game On Expo is back! Taking place at the Mesa Convention Center on August 5-7, the Game On Expo is the largest gaming convention in Arizona! The word on the street is that this year is expected to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, so don’t miss out! What is the Game On Expo? It’s the largest gaming convention in Arizona, including table top and retro/modern video games. You can buy and test games, shop the vendor hall, and attend panels with industry designers, leaders and pro players! Attendees can participate…

Pokémon GO Invades UAT

PokemonGO invades UAT




Pokémon GO was released a week ago and already local businesses are reporting profit gains, social media is creating hilariously relatable memes and news outlets are reporting on the unique situations ordinary citizens – turned “Pokémon hunters” have encountered. The game’s popularity shot to the top of the App store in a matter of hours. It’s no longer a question of who is playing Pokémon GO, but who’s not playing Pokémon GO. Here at UAT, we’re no different. In fact, we have three Poké Stops on campus and usually one stop has a lure, or a lure module, which causes more Pokémon…

Phoenix Comicon Panel: JT Trimmer To Speak About Developing Two Games Simultaneously

UAT Game Studios Team Lead Justin JT Trimmer




With only days until the beginning of Phoenix Comicon, the excitement of UAT students is rising to a crescendo. Part of the enthusiasm is for a panel being presented by some of the UAT Game Studio project team leads. In this panel the leads will discuss “Team Leads Perspective on Game Development.” Team lead for The Cortez Family Justin “JT” Trimmer, also worked on the project The Deadliest War. JT, who majors in game programming, has a great deal of knowledge in Unity development, game scripting with C#, and creative writing. He plans to mainly to discuss what is was…

Live in the Game LLC’s Ben Pope to Speak on Comicon Panel with UAT Game Studios Team Leads

Mirrored Game Team Lead to Speak at Phoenix Comicon with UAT Game Studios




Who’s ready for Phoenix Comicon? Just two more days until the fun begins at Phoenix Convention Center. The Arizona Video Games Showcase joined the Con last year giving UAT indie game companies a chance to showcase their completed games to the public. This year, UAT Game Studios Team Leads stepped it up by pitching Phoenix Comicon as panelists; for which they were selected to speak about “Team Leads Perspective on Game Development.” Team Lead for Mirrored: The Reflective Resolution, Benjamin Pope who studied Game Design and Game Art & Animation has a great deal of knowledge in Game Design/Production, Psychology…

The Couch Game Team Lead To Speak On Phoenix Comicon Panel

The Couch Game




The countdown has begun – 10 days until Phoenix Comicon takes over the city and UAT students in all disciplines – especially game students can’t wait! Once again, Phoenix Comicon will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, happening the weekend of June 2–5. The Arizona Video Games Showcase joined the Con last year giving UAT indie game companies a chance to showcase their completed games to the public. This year, UAT Game Studios Team Leads stepped it up by pitching Phoenix Comicon as panelists; for which they were selected to speak about “Team Leads Perspective on Game Development.” Team…