October 17, 2017

Game Design Degree

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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Southwest Video Game Showcase Winners

Southwest Video Game Showcase at Phoenix Comicon

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…

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Custom Whiskered Away Xbox Controllers Made By Local Startup

Whiskered-Away indie game

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….

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Happy Skies, A Cultural Game For Kids

Happy Skies indie game

Who likes traveling? No airfare is necessary when you travel UAT’s Happy Skies! Immersion is a great way to learn about other cultures and Happy Skies is a cool kids game that brings the traveling adventure to you! Happy Skies is a high flying, adventure, mobile game that allows the user to learn about other cultures in a fun way. Kids can learn which country is known for giraffes, which Presidents are the face of Mount Rushmore or where you could find the Great Wall. The idea for the game spawned from UAT Game Studios-grown indie game company Terrasect Mobile,…

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UAT Game Jam Workshop

UAT Workshop Game Jam

UAT Game Studios Professor Matt Marquit assigned Game Art and Animation student Terrence Miller, the awesome task of hosting a game jam. As an artist, Terrence made it his own with the secret theme of “trigger words and safe spaces” to allow students to unleash their creativity and develop some pretty interesting indie games. Over the weekend, seven teams participated making a total of six games. Students Jesse Rogers, Kenny Ryan, Tyler Feddler and John Wiener served as judges with their experience participating in game jams, it was time to take a turn in the judges seat. Professors Mark Smith…

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Whiskered Away – Global Game Jam Winner To Be Featured at GDC Play

"Whiskered Away" created at the 2017 Phoenix Global Game Jam.

Congratulations to UAT Game Studios development team who took first place in the Phoenix Global Game Jam held at UAT on January 20-22. A week from now, the devs will leave for GDC Play in San Fransisco, California to show off their new game, “Whiskered Away,” as the Game Jam’s grand prize sponsored by Clique API. “Whiskered Away” takes place on a beach with cute, colorful cats who are collecting shiny coins that belong to Poseidon. The cats must avoid Poseidon’s wrath as he throws waves at the cats trying to pull them out to sea. If the cats are successful…

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UAT eSports Team Clenches West 6 Division – On To West Regionals!

UAT eSports League of Legends team

UAT does sports, eSports! Yes, you read that right. UAT has a 5-member eSports team called “That’s Suboptimal” who’ve been competing in the Collegiate Starleague League of Legends Competitions for the win. Believe it or not, they are actually killin’ it in the game and are currently undefeated! Team That’s Suboptimal now sits atop the West 6 Division having won out over Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Riverside, Cal State San Bernadino and the Long Beach BeachBoys. Winning their division in regular season play, has earned them a bye this week and they automatically advance to the Round of 32 on…

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“When Elephants Fight” Screening at UAT

When Elephants Fight Screening Hosted at University of Advancing Technology

Thanks to Sustainability, Energy and Green Technologies Professor Jill Brumand, UAT will host two screenings on conflict minerals called When Elephants Fight on Tuesday, February 14, at 9:30 a.m,. and 1:30 p.m., in the UAT Theater as part of the Environmental Perspectives class. This special engagement is open to everyone at the University and interested members of the community. Professor Brumand encourages staff, faculty, and students to attend. “When Elephants Fight provides insight into the human element of conflict minerals and the impact of technologies we use everyday on the environment. As present and future technologists, we work to build and grow…

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And The Phoenix Global Game Jam Winners Are…

Phoenix Global Game Jam at UAT

Game developers from University of Advancing Technology and surrounding colleges gathered at UAT for the Phoenix Global Game Jam on Jan 20-22, for an epic weekend of game development. Thanks to sponsors Game CoLab, Clique API, Tobii, NACET, Houdini, Red Bull, and Virtuix for giving jammers access to awesome technology in eye tracking and content creation, epic prize packages and for supplying endless cans of Redbull, keeping devs heavily caffeinated for the entire 48-hour jam. Game devs camped out in every workable space throughout the Commons, New Technologies Lab and Electronic Classrooms collaborating on games Friday night as they developed…

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Game Job Fair

Calling all game studies students! The 2017 Spring UAT Game Studios development teams are looking to add new members! Are you an artist, game programmer, game designer, or marketeer? Power up at the Game Job Fair in the Theater on January 13, at 10:30 a.m. to join a team! The 2017 Spring Games in development are the following games: Morpheus (New) Reign and Rebellion (New – Game Industry Veterans) KalqueLord (Returning) Conseclicker (Returning) Students in the UAT Game Studios class are trained in a real-world environment where they interact directly with game designers, game programmers, artists and marketing gurus to create a…

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