September 26, 2017

Game Design Degree

Founder’s Game Jam

Founders Game Jam at UAT

The 2017 Founder’s Game Jam took place at UAT the weekend of Sept. 22- 24 spreading a spark of game development inspiration around campus. This year’s theme was plants. Students had 48-hours, beginning on Friday afternoon, and ending on Sunday evening, to break into teams, come up with an idea, assign jobs and get to work. Because the fall semester had just began, it was exciting to see many new faces creating games together in the commons over the weekend. “I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of first time game jammers and first semester students that decided to…

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Summer Internship at iD Tech Camps

id tech camp internship

During the summer semester, Game Design and Game Programming student Tyler “Ozzy” Osborne worked as a paid intern for iD Tech Camps held at Rancho Solano Prep School in Scottsdale, from June – Aug. 2017. Ozzy was responsible for teaching students, who ranged in age from 13-17 years-old, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine 4, C# scripting with Unity Engine, and level design in a mod pack for Torchlight II. The camp accepts students as young as 6-years-old up to 17-years-old. Much of the job entailed trouble shooting, resolving issues that the students encountered, supervision of the group, encouraging students to follow…

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Alumni Evan Tappero Lands Job with Crowdstar

Game Design Alumni Hired with Crowdstar

It’s wonderful when alumni return to UAT with good news! Evan Tappero who graduated last year with a degree in Game Design, gave us the scoop on the cool new place that he’s working! See our Q & A with Evan below: Q: What is your current position and at which company? A: My current position is assistant content manager at Crowdstar, which was recently acquired by Glu Mobile. Q: What does an assistant content manager actually do? A: The position is on Crowdstar’s Design Home team, so I deal with the curation of game content for the mobile game…

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World of Martz

World of Martz from UAT Game Studios

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…

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Bust’a Worm: From Game Jam to Steam Greenlight

Bust'a Worm created in UAT Game Studios

With the popularity of virtual reality devices, such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it’s no surprise that UAT Game Studios students are developing games for both platforms in the UAT Game Studio. Development team Tiny Vision Entertainment created their newest VR game called Bust’a Worm for the HTC Vive in a 48-hour Game Jam held at UAT last year. Bust’a Worm is a Virtual Reality game played on the HTC Vive where the player can use voice commands to change up their weapon involving spikes, fire, or ice at intimidating alien worms on the attack. Because this game was…

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KalqueLord, Created in UAT Game Studios

KalqueLord

The summer semester is winding down, but many UAT Game Studios development teams are still hard at work trying to complete as much work on their games as possible before the Greenlight Celebration at the Game On Expo. Each semester, student game developers pitch a game concept to UAT Game Studios Professors hoping to be greenlit into production for the semester. At the end of the term, each team lead presents their game build, hands out team awards and demos the game for the public. During this summer session, six games were created and developed over 15 weeks. The games made…

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UPDATE: UAT Student Competed in Unspoken VR Game Tournament

Oculus The Unspoken VR Tournament

Alumni Jesse Rogers, who studied Game Design at UAT, had the chance to compete in the final stage of Oculus’s The Unspoken VR Tournament for Oculus Rift Touch last month in New York City. Because Jesse made it to the Top 8, he won airfare and a hotel stay in New York City so he could participate in the finals. See our previous blog on how Jesse earned a spot in the Top 8! So how did the tournament go? Jesse checked into the hotel and took a ride to the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue. At the studio, he met…

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Cyberpunk Casanova

Cyberpunk Casanova video game

After a long journey, UAT Game Design alumni Godric Johnson is excited to announce that a game demo that he’s been working on for some time called Cyberpunk Casanova is available for download! Cyberpunk Casanova is a dystopian visual novel that incorporates the goal of creating a visual novel with a western approach. To achieve this and maintain balance with what fans like about the genre, the team decided to contrast the “grimdark” setting with bright and vibrant artwork. The game devs also made a decision to raise the danger level. Choices you make in game will not only influence how…

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UAT Game Studios Host Summer Greenlight Celebration

Greenlight Celebration

Do you love video games? Our Game Studios students not only love to play games, but also spend a lot of time making them, too. Come see what UAT Game Studios has been up to this semester at the 2017 Summer Greenlight Celebration, an event for UAT to acknowledge the fantastic work of its students. Greenlight is a celebration of games, where students demonstrate the games they’ve been working on for the last semester to fellow students and to the public. The Greenlight Celebration takes place on Aug. 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the UAT Theater and Commons area. The UAT Game…

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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…

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