August 24, 2017

  • Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

    Alumni Caleb Jacobs Gives Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

    Game programming alumni Caleb Jacobs landed an awesome job working as a Gameplay Engineer for First Strike Games in Seattle, WA. Caleb believes his degree in game programming and experience at UAT in working on a team helped him prepare for his current position. As the gaming industry is a very competitive market, Caleb wanted to share his tips to get noticed in the industry.  “I just started this job and I can’t definitively say what combination of factors got me the job, but I can say that some of the following are probably the most likely contributing factors.” My resume was…

  • World of Martz from UAT Game Studios

    World of Martz

    We spoke with game creator Khirey Sumerall about current UAT Game Studios team World of Martz. World of Martz is a multiplayer game that combines different genres to create intense combat with strategy and quick decision making skills. The player must also strategize ways to defeat random level events and a vast level to plan where you stalk your enemy in which you can succeed by deception teamwork or free for all. This game also has a day and night cycle that creates level events where enemies will spawn to complicate the head-to-head play between players who have unique abilities…

  • On Set in 360!

    Alex Beaver’s Student Innovation Project transports viewers behind the scenes and into the middle of the action for the filming of UAT Digital Video’s upcoming military survival film “Instinct.” Written and directed by Killian Davies, “Instinct” tells the story of a Marine helicopter pilot downed in the hostile territory of Yemen, and chronicles her harrowing journey to safe extraction by her fellow Marines. “Instinct” filmed in a variety of amazing Arizona locations, including Pima Air and Space Museum which was kind enough to let the UAT students use their helo simulator for crucial scenes. If you’ve ever wondered what’s it’s…

  • First-Time College Bound? Set Yourself Up For Success at UAT!

    It’s almost back to school time and UAT will be welcoming lots of new faces to campus. Being a new student on campus is exciting, but can be intimidating. That’s why we compiled a list of tips to help new students succeed in their first semester at UAT. How to Make the Most of Freshman Year at the University of Advancing Technology: Participate in Connect – UAT holds a welcome orientation called “Connect” to acclimate new students with our tech-filled campus. Ask for help – UAT professors, advisors, and tutors are extremely approachable, just ask for assistance! Many professors prefer…

  • VR demo with Tempe's Mayor Mark Mitchell

    Give Students Technology and They Will Innovate

    Put technology in the hands of UAT students Kenny Vorseth and Ryan McDonald and watch their ideas unfold as they create new ways to use tech devices. Last year, the two-student team developed a cost-effective Head Mounted Display for Virtual Reality, using a 3d printer and materials at UAT. The goal of the project was to create an innovation but also to build a device that actually worked. The long term goal is to decrease the cost by using lower resolution screen. This project wowed professors so much that Kenny and Ryan were asked to show off their innovation at…

The Unspoken VR

Game Design Student Ranked Top 8 in VR Tournament – Finals This Weekend!

Jun 1, 2017

Game Programming student and avid gamer Jesse Rogers put his skills to the test in The Unspoken VR game tournament against other local gamers taking first in the local and regional competitions. These consecutive wins secured Jesse a spot in the Top 8 to complete in the Finals this weekend in New York City. The Unspoken VR, played on Oculus Rift, is holding a nationwide tournament hosted by Insomniac games, Microsoft and Oculus. The game is a 1v1 magic throwing player vs player game and the winner takes the best of three rounds. Jesse had never played this game before, but…

Southwest Video Game Showcase at Phoenix Comicon

Southwest Video Game Showcase Winners

Jun 1, 2017

UAT Game studios students and alumni featured indie games for four days at Phoenix Comicon at the 4th annual Southwest Video Games Showcase (SWVGS), presented by Game CoLab. “Game CoLab proudly presented its 4th annual video games showcase, highlighting awesome games from Arizona and beyond.” -UAT Professor Ben Reichert The Southwest Video Games Showcase was an opportunity for the public to meet the game developers, play their games, and sit in on industry panels, vote on awards and more. SWVGS was held May 25-28, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center during Phoenix Comicon in the Hall of Heroes, among celebrities and other…

New DV Work: Happy Hands – short drama film (NSFW)

May 31, 2017

Short dramatic film about the consequences of a desperate young man’s decisions. Created by students Emma Welch-Murphy, Carlie Kratz, and Madison LaCross for DVA241 Digital Video Production class. NSFW: Contains strong language. Link to this post!

New DV Work: Gold Prospecting in Arizona – short documentary film

May 30, 2017

A short documentary about amateur gold prospectors in Arizona, produced by students Charlotte Foley and Harmony Summer Jones for DVA241 Digital Video Production class. Link to this post!

New DV Work: Typography – Gilmore Girls

May 26, 2017

Typographic animation of a scene from the TV series Gilmore Girls, created by student Carlie Kratz for DVA254 Motion Graphics class using Adobe After Effects. Link to this post!

Whiskered-Away indie game

Custom Whiskered Away Xbox Controllers Made By Local Startup

May 24, 2017

The Phoenix Global Game Jam returned to UAT for the second consecutive year in January, bringing game developers from all over the Valley to our campus. UAT Game Studios students came out in full force forming small teams and collaborating their skills to make a playable game in just 48 hours. The result was over 20 completed indie games revolving around the theme of waves, which gave team “Whiskered Away” a fun idea for a 2D party game. See the most recent trailer here. Picture a beach with cute, colorful cats collecting shiny coins, but this treasure belongs to Poseidon….

New DV Work: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Spec Title Sequence

May 24, 2017

Spec title sequence for the feature film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, created by student Charlotte Foley for DVA254 Motion Graphics class using Adobe After Effects. Link to this post!