November 18, 2017

UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Game Day Fundraiser

UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser

In November, UAT students, alumni and the UAT eSports Club are on board to participate in the charity event Extra Life Game Day, a 24-hour fundraising and game streaming marathon. Their goal is to raise money for the San Jorge Children’s Foundation located in Puerto Rico, and to provide at least $1,000 in hurricane relief aid from the recent catastrophe by Hurricane Maria, all by doing something they love – gaming! The Extra Life Game Day Tournament will coincide with the UAT Experience, a prospective student visit and will draw a huge crowd of game enthusiasts to campus. Students from…

Professor Hue Henry Guest Lecturing on Game Programming at West-MEC

Hue-Henry game programming professor

On October 10, Professor Hue Henry will be speaking to students at Western Maricopa Education Center (West- MEC) about game programming and getting them excited about possible careers as game programmers. Some of the topics Professor Henry will discuss include how the tools and techniques used in a traditional, web-programming environment are also useful for those interested in pursuing a career in Video Games. Professor Henry said, “It is always exciting to get the chance to speak with the next generation of developers and innovators and help them to understand the unique opportunities that game programming can provide.” West-MEC is…

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…

Give Students Technology and They Will Innovate

VR demo with Tempe's Mayor Mark Mitchell

Put technology in the hands of UAT students Kenny Vorseth and Ryan McDonald and watch their ideas unfold as they create new ways to use tech devices. Last year, the two-student team developed a cost-effective Head Mounted Display for Virtual Reality, using a 3d printer and materials at UAT. The goal of the project was to create an innovation but also to build a device that actually worked. The long term goal is to decrease the cost by using lower resolution screen. This project wowed professors so much that Kenny and Ryan were asked to show off their innovation at…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

UAT Workshop Game Jam

UAT Workshop Game Jam

Game developers – old and new, are invited to join the UAT Workshop Game Jam slated to kickoff the weekend of March 17-19, hosted at University of Advancing Technology (UAT). This game jam, piggybacking off iconic Game Developers Conference (GDC) and past jam Phoenix Global Game Jam gives game developers a chance to create a new game concept or continue developing an existing build. Game art and animation student Terrence Miller and Game Design Professor Matt Marquit are working together plan this event for the Game Design Workshop 2 class. Game Jam organizer Terrence Miller said, “This is a great…