September 19, 2017

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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,…

Congrats Spring SIP Fair Winners

Student Innovation Fair winners - All in Vein

The UAT Student Innovation Project (SIP) Fair was held April 20, showcasing over 20 innovative projects by many graduating students. This semester, the program was enhanced a bit to provide a unique experience for all UAT students and employees. The presentations were broken into five segments allowing each group time to play the project overview video, present the project and answer questions in the theater followed up by demos and further Q&A’s from judges, staff, professors and fellow students in the commons area. This year’s winners are as follows: Viewer’s Choice Award: “All in Vein” by Audrey McEvoy, Game Art…

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…

Update on UAT eSports Team That’s Suboptimal, Sitting in Top 16

UAT eSports Team League of Legends

UAT’s League of Legends eSports team That’s Suboptimal had a BYE last weekend due to their top performance. Currently Team That’s Suboptimal is ranked in the Top 16 teams in the West and will play in the Round of 16 on March 4, against University of Southern California USC A. If they win on March 4, they will enter the Regional Quarter Finals or the Top 8 on March 11. Teams that make it to that stage will earn a $1,000 scholarship per player. If they make it all the way to the top team in the Region, they will play…