June 23, 2017

Video Game Programming Degree

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…

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Volunteer Coordinators Needed for Austin Game Conference

Austin Game Conference- volunteers needed

Hey UAT students… The Austin Game Conference wants you! Submit your application to become a Volunteer Coordinator at the Austin Game Conference, but don’t wait, there are a limited number of positions available. Volunteers gain full access to AGC when they are not working. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with volunteers to insure a percentage of their time is left open to attend portions of the conference. Job requirements: hard-working, knowledgeable, enthusiastic people who are interested in serving as members of the support team Consider what skills and interests you have that would make you a valuable volunteer. Apply here…

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Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza – Now on Google Play

Bubble Wrap PopAPalooza

Do you have friends or siblings who like to pop Bubble Wrap? Most people enjoy this simple, yet satisfying task, which is why it’s the perfect idea for a video game! “Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza” was produced by Ara Shirinian, Principal Designer at WePlay Media and Tyler Weiss, a UAT student dual majoring in Game Programming and Advancing Computer Science, in partnership with Sealed Air, the official Bubble Wrap brand. Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza is a fun game with fundamentals which resemble the old “Whack A Mole” carnival game but replaces the mole with fun activities and gameplay…

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Show No Mercy Featuring Student Game Animation

Crimson Nights game animation featured in Show No Mercy film

Over the past few semesters, UAT Game Studios students developed a  game called Crimson Nights, which is a multiplayer dungeon crawler with a retro arcade feel. Crimson Nights developers were introduced to a film crew, who were in the process of producing a film called “Show No Mercy” and they wanted to have a video game displayed on the arcade machine in their film. The filmmakers loved Crimson Night’s retro arcade style and decided it was perfect for their film. Over a weekend, the development team got to work and sent over some ideas for the film crew. From there, Crimson Nights…

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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…

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10 Awesome Reasons to Play Pokémon Go

Reasons to play PokemonGo at UAT

At University of Advancing Technology, we’ve seen an invasion of Pokémon Go hunters roaming the campus in search of Pokémon since the game was released on July 6. In speaking with Professor Maureen Beam, we came up with ten awesome reasons to play Pokémon Go! Please see our ideas below. 1. Helps with depression and anxiety Many students have commented on how the game has helped them make new friends and overcome depression and the social anxiety that comes from meeting someone for the first time. There is an instant bond when you are playing Pokémon Go and see groups of other…

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Real Life: I’m a Rooster Teeth (RTX) Guardian – A Game Student’s Perspective

Rooster Teeth Guardians

Game Design student Tyler Ann Cook made it her mission to return to Rooster Teeth (RTX) as a Guardian volunteer in 2016 and with her foot in the door from volunteering the previous year, she was ecstatic to learn she was accepted once again! Upon her return to UAT, we wanted to find out more about the event and her role as a Guardian. Learn about Tyler Ann’s experience in the Q&A below: Q. Can you tell us more about Rooster Teeth and your role as a volunteer? A. The motto of Rooster Teeth is “where gaming meets the internet” and allows for…

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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…

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UAT Students Playtest Alumni Game at VR Release Party

UnderEarth by CrackerJame Games, UAT Game Studios alumni

CrackerJack Games LLC paid a visit to alma matter University of Advancing Technology to hold the first public demo of UnderEarth at an Alumni Video Game Release Party on May 19, 2016. UnderEarth is an immersive, first-person puzzle game available to play on both PC and Oculus Rift, slated to launch sales on Steam in June. The UnderEarth team flew in to Arizona from different states for the essential opportunity to gain real-time reactions and feedback from the active gaming community, what better place to find such a devoted pool of game enthusiasts, but at UAT! Game synopsis: Following Valvorta…

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Phoenix Comicon Panels: Project Oddity Team Lead Harlan Whitfield To Discuss Experimental Art & Game Design

Oddity the Game

UAT students are ready for Phoenix Comicon starting tomorrow at the Phoenix Convention Center! The Arizona Video Games Showcase joined Phoenix Comicon 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 Project: Oddity, Harlan Whitfield who graduated in Spring 2015 with a degree in Game Art and Animation has a great deal of knowledge in 2D Art and Animation. He plans…

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