October 23, 2017

Game Design Degree

Alumni Releases New Game: Spray ‘N’ Prey from Monster Vault Entertainment

Spray N Prey from Monster Vault Entertainment

We recently received an update from Mike Densmore, an alumni who dual majored in Game Design and Game Art & Animation at UAT, and he has some exciting news to share about new mobile game Spray ‘N’ Prey, published by his indie game company Monster Vault Entertainment. Spray ‘N’ Prey is a bullet hell shooter that pits you against a never ending onslaught of Monsters. Let the bullets fly as you unleash Hell with explosions to even the odds to keep the murder spree going. Compete for top spot bragging rights in the Murder Machine ranking system. The game is…

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Phoenix Global Game Jam Held at UAT – Jan 20-22

Phoenix Global Game Jam held at UAT

New Year, new game jam! Collaborate and compete with game developers from all over Arizona and the world in the 2017 Phoenix Global Game Jam! Whether you’re a grizzled game dev veteran or a total newb, you’re invited. Join a team and collaborate for 48 hours to build an awesome game. Come alone, start a team with your friends, or hop onto a team at the jam. This year’s Phoenix Global Game Jam is sponsored by Clique, Red Bull, and the University of Advancing Technology. The prizes are going to be awesome – so stay tuned! Program Itinerary: Day 1…

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New Games Greenlit for Development in Spring 2016

Greenlight pitches and team awards

The UAT Game Studios class held a daylong event to close out the Fall semester of game development. During the morning segment team leads handed out awards to hard working students on each team who shined in their role of game development. Student Jesse Rogers gave a short presentation on tips for being successful in UAT Game Studios. One of his biggest takeaways was to get involved in game jams because you think quickly, brainstorm lots of ideas, work under pressure to meet a deadline much like in the real world, figure out your skills, work with new people and in the end have…

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Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell Highlights UAT at State of City Address

Busta Worm demo with Jesse Rogers and Mayor Mark Mitchell

In preparation for the 2016 State of the City Address on Dec. 2, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell spent a few hours at UAT familiarizing himself with UAT’s new Virtual Reality degree by testing out “Bust’a Worm”, a new virtual reality game students created for the HTC Vive, originally developed for a 48-hour game jam. Mayor Mitchell also met with students Kenneth Vorseth and Ryan McDonald as they demonstrated their cost effective version of a VR head mounted display (HMD) unit, a product they have been innovating all semester and have hopes of bringing the finished version to the consumer market. Mayor…

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Greenlight Celebration

UAT Greenlight Celebration

You’re invited to the 2016 Fall Greenlight Celebration, an event for University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to acknowledge the fantastic work of its UAT Game Studios students. The Greenlight Celebration offers them the opportunity to demonstrate the games they’ve been working on for the last semester to fellow students and to the public. The UAT Game Studios is a multidisciplinary collaboration of students across undergraduate and graduate degrees and on-ground and online programs consisting of mostly game design and game programming students, as well as art and animation majors to form well-rounded game development or game dev teams.  What: 2016 Fall Greenlight Celebration Where: UAT…

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Game Students Keep Communication Flowing with Scrum Management Tool, Axosoft

Programming Jam

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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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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