October 23, 2017

Game Design Degree

Live in the Game Jam

live in the game jam

Benjamin Pope, UAT Game Design Alumni and owner of Live in the Game, LLC, is in the process of organizing the company’s first solo Game Jam scheduled for the weekend of April 15-17, 2016, at University of Advancing Technology. Some of you may be wondering, “what is a Game Jam?” Some of you may be wondering, “what is a Game Jam?” A Game Jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours. Game developers are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists…

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Game Art Student, Ashley Casarrubias, Awarded Scholarship to GDC

Game Developers Conference - GDC

Game Art and Animation student Ashley Casarrubias was determined to go to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, as it’s the world’s largest industry event for those in game development. He’s heard about the hype over the years and wanted to make the trip himself for the first time. There’s so much for a game student to see, do and learn at GDC! It’s the Disneyland of game development with new products and game demos on display, news on upcoming game releases, industry trends and panels from top sources in the industry, and a presence from all of the AAA…

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Greenlight Celebration

You’re invited to the 2016 Spring Greenlight Celebration, an event for University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to acknowledge the amazing work of its UAT Game Studios students by offering 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 Spring Greenlight Celebration…

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Phoenix Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam

Young game developers camped out at University of Advancing Technology for 48 hours to participate in the Phoenix Global Game Jam 2016 from Jan. 29-31. Yes, we may have seen some jammers sleeping, some stretching, and consuming an abundance of snacks and caffeine, but it was amazing to see UAT students and alumni, students from other colleges and even a few high schools students come out to code like crazy and learn what it takes to make a functioning game in such a short time constraint. UAT is no stranger to hosting game jams as our game students regularly hold jams throughout the year. This one…

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Valuable Advice From Cyan Game’s Environmental Artist Blake Bjerke

Obduction by Cyan Games

UAT Game Art & Animation Alumni Blake Bjerke works as a 3D Environmental Artist at Cyan Games, which has been Blake’s dream since he was 10 years old. He attended UAT and learned everything he could as a student, but didn’t stop there. Each day he continued to work on his skills, adding more techniques and program proficiencies to his artistic arsenal. Game Development is a competitive industry. We are thrilled that Blake is willing to share his tips for success with our more than 120 Game Studios students who have been diligently creating games this semester. Read our Q&A with…

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Q&A with Mocap Alumni Erik Link

Erik Link working on Call of Duty Black Ops 3

This year we are excited to welcome alumni Erik Link, a freelance motion capture specialist and animator, back to UAT for a presentation at Tech Forum. We decided to get him warmed up with a Q&A sesh about how he got into motion capture and why networking is so important in the competitive world of game development. Learn more about Erik in his bio and read our Q&A with him below! Erik’s bio: Erik began learning motion capture animation in 2008 through THQ as a mocap intern and kept focusing his craft of mocap animation on various indie films and games through the years. Erik’s…

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AZ Tech Beat Visits UAT on #ExposeTheAwesome Tour

Expose the Awesome

UAT was the last stop on AZ Tech Beat‘s #ExposeTheAwesome Tour, where they had a neat idea to interview cool companies in various technology fields throughout the summer. We had a busy day planned for AZTB Editor Tishin Donkersley, Community Manager Ryan Loebe and Film Intern Xavier Smith, but we knew they were ready for it! First, they sat down with Provost Dr. David Bolman to find out why UAT is unique and how access to great technology molds our students into innovators for the future. Dr. Bolman had no trouble expressing his enthusiasm for technology and how important UAT is to…

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Student Game Entered in Indie Game Maker Contest

Colliding Souls

A UAT Student Team has recently put out a game called Colliding Souls – and they decided to enter their game into a contest. Please check this blog out and consider voting for one our own! GAME INFO – Colliding Souls Genre: An old-school turned based role-playing game (RPG) in the style of Final Fantasy and Phantasy Star. Back story: The game follows the son of the man who lead the Great Slave Revolt and his people to freedom. Now years later, a young Farmer must grow into a man much sooner than expected. In his journey he will meet friends, perhaps…

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CrossRealm – Cross-Discipline Filmmaking Innovation

Hollywood filmmakers such as Peter Jackson and James Cameron have spent many years and many millions of dollars developing systems that would allow them to preview in real time the visual effects for their blockbuster films. UAT undergrads replicated their results using off-the-shelf components, the Unreal game engine, some ingenuity, and a ton of hard work. The project was called “CrossRealm” and involved students from the Digital Video, Game Art, Game Design, and Game Programming majors all working together to accomplish something new. This is what the spirit of innovation is all about at UAT! After a bit of post-production,…

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Broken Window Studios Released Reflections Game on Steam Early Access

Reflections Game

Broken Window Studios, an independent or “indie” game company consisting of UAT alumni, has released their newest game, Reflections on Steam Early Access on June 26, 2015. Reflections is a real-world narrative where each decision you make has meaningful consequences that radically shape the gaming experience. The game begins in black and white and uses color to introduce new story elements before the player understands its purpose. What is Steam Early Access? This platform offers gamers an opportunity to purchase immediate access games that are still being developed with the chance to provide influential feedback to the developer’s continued creation of the game, for a discounted price. Early Access games evolve…

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