October 19, 2018


UAT is Host to 2018 Phoenix Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations. Join the Phoenix Global Game Jam for 48-hours of game development at UAT’s tech-infused campus. Need a team? Don’t stress. There will be dev teams in need of designers, programmers and artists! Join in the fun and excitement of the Phoenix Global Game Jam, kicking off Friday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. running until time is called on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Adam Moore | amoore@uat.edu Register on Eventbrite and take a look at UAT’s Global Game…

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Innovation From Day 1: Provost Challenge

Each semester, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman presents new students with a challenge their first week of college, hence the Provost Challenge. The goal is to have new students show off their creativity and innovation by making something cool and complete. Yes, that project description is vague on purpose, in order to allow students the freedom to unleash their ideas, mix that with the technology we have and find out what their technology savvy minds can do! This semester was particularly cool as three groups of students presents some really awesome projects. Here are the groups and their projects. Tower Jamz…

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Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Blog post by Business Technology Professor Mark Smith In both your professional and personal life you will need to develop your emotional intelligence IQ which is usually referred to as your (EQ). Communication is key to success in any relationship so it is very important to hone this skill of understanding the emotional state around the person that you are interacting with. An example of this is seeing someone that you want to communicate with is sad, you will naturally change your approach in how you open your conversation with them because you can visibly see they’re sad. The same…

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Opportunity is Right in Front of You

Opportunity is Right in Front of You

Every moment we are observing the world around us. Suddenly, we might recognize something that is strange, problematic or simply curious. Our minds are stimulated. The cognitive switch begins processing information and then takes a brief pause. The pause allows awareness to respond. This can be accomplished sitting at our desks, working out at the gym, caring for others, or during a time of reflection. Awareness is an abstraction of things—or a concept. Awareness can also be propelled by a driving need to do something about what we observed. Doing something activates creative ideas. Acting on creative ideas brings about innovation. Otherwise,…

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Game Art & Animation Roots Inspire Student to Create Egyptian Asset

ancient egyptian asset created for game art and animation class

Blog post written by Game Art & Animation (GAA) student Olivia LeMaster During the GAA 220 class, I was required to create a cohesive asset that illustrated my accomplishments in either 3DS Max or Maya software. I chose to work in 3DS Max, because it is free for students to work with for up to 3 years, with proof of active student email. Here is the link if you are interested in trying out 3DS Max: https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/3ds-max As a Game Art and Animation major, this kind of knowledge is key in the world of video games. In every game created, there…

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The Life of a Game Producer Featuring Alumni Erin Ali

game producer at monolith

Alumni Erin Ali graduated from UAT in 2007 with a Multimedia Degree. Today she has a career as an Online/Social Producer at Monolith Productions working on “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,” the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Her job duties include running schedule and production for the Online and Business Development Team. At a high-level her job encompasses all server-driven features, working with the game publisher and multiple external teams for platform and BI support and building/driving the post-ship live plan with Marketing and Community. Because Erin studied Multimedia classes at UAT, she got exposure to roles/disciplines in industry that…

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What is Game Art & Animation?

Co-written by Game Art and Animation Jorge Portillo and Digital Media Maven Lauren Fach Game Art and Animation (GAA) is a creative field in video game development. Without character art, would you feel as connected to a character? Without a realistic game world, what would pull a player into a game for hours and hours? Game art maps out a vision of how games will look, move and feel. Game artists make everything you see in a game world. At UAT, students with a passion for game art learn to create and animate environments, characters, textures, props and collision objects utilizing…

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VR Snowball Fight Created by Game Alumni Monster Vault Entertainment

Chill Out VR Snowball Fight for Arizona Tech Council mixer- created by Monster Vault Entertainment

UAT Game Studios students and alumni from Monster Vault Entertainment Studio will demo a VR snowball fight game called Chill Out, at Arizona Tech Council’s Tech the Hall’s After5 Tech Mixer. Chill Out is a multiplayer virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive developed by Monster Vault Entertainment. Up to 6 players can engage in a free-form snowball fight set in a snowy Holiday themed arena. Chill Out is unprecedented, as it makes use of Google’s cloud computing platform SpatialOS. This game is the first persistent virtual reality title using this technology. Monster Vault Entertainment’s focus on…

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Augmented Reality – What You See Is… Amazing!

Augmented Reality

Blog post written by: UAT Computer Science Professor Jill Coddington We started with Virtual Reality (VR), primarily for games but we have come so far since then. There are very definite differences between VR and Augmented Reality (AR). VR creates its own world that the user can interact with. AR uses the real world and adds to it, still allowing the user to interact. Today Augmented Reality (AR) is the live augmentation (directly or indirectly) of what you see and possibly what you hear. In other words, as you walk down the street, what you see beyond what is there…

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“Instinct” Military Survival Film Wins Two Awards

Instinct Short Film

UAT Digital Video alumni Killian Davies is excited to share updates on his short film, Instinct, a military survival film shot this year. Since Killian graduated from UAT in May 2017, his film has been busy! He entered Instinct in a couple of film festivals and has been recognized twice for its awesome content. The film won “Drama Student Short” at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. In addition, Instinct also just won “Best Drama” at the Los Angeles Film Awards. “I am very proud of the Instinct team for already winning two separate awards: “Drama Student Short” at HIMPFF, and “Best Drama” at the…

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