November 18, 2017

Video Game Programming Degree

Live in the Game LLC’s Ben Pope to Speak on Comicon Panel with UAT Game Studios Team Leads

Mirrored Game Team Lead to Speak at Phoenix Comicon with UAT Game Studios

Who’s ready for Phoenix Comicon? Just two more days until the fun begins at Phoenix Convention Center. The Arizona Video Games Showcase joined the Con last year giving UAT indie game companies a chance to showcase their completed games to the public. This year, UAT Game Studios Team Leads stepped it up by pitching Phoenix Comicon as panelists; for which they were selected to speak about “Team Leads Perspective on Game Development.” Team Lead for Mirrored: The Reflective Resolution, Benjamin Pope who studied Game Design and Game Art & Animation has a great deal of knowledge in Game Design/Production, Psychology…

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The Couch Game Team Lead To Speak On Phoenix Comicon Panel

The Couch Game

The countdown has begun – 10 days until Phoenix Comicon takes over the city and UAT students in all disciplines – especially game students can’t wait! Once again, Phoenix Comicon will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, happening the weekend of June 2–5. The Arizona Video Games Showcase joined the Con last year giving UAT indie game companies a chance to showcase their completed games to the public. This year, UAT Game Studios Team Leads stepped it up by pitching Phoenix Comicon as panelists; for which they were selected to speak about “Team Leads Perspective on Game Development.” Team…

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Game Leads To Speak On Phoenix Comicon Panel – Team: The Deadliest War

Phoenix Comicon is less than three weeks away and UAT students can hardly wait for a weekend all about comic books, super heroes, movies, video games and science fiction! With the addition of the Arizona Video Games Showcase last year where UAT indie game companies showed off completed games, this year attendees will also get to hear the UAT Game Studios team leads speak on a panel for which they wrote and pitched themselves. This spring eight UAT Game Studios students pitched the topic of “Team Leads Perspective on Game Development,” to the Phoenix Comicon Logistics Coordinator for Gaming, Jamaica…

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Alumni Game: Support Cyberpunk Casanova

Cyberpunk Casanova

UAT Alumni Godric Johnson is currently developing “Cyberpunk Casanova,” dystopian visual novel thriller set in a dark future where the decisions you make can lead to Money, Romance, Danger and even Death for indie game development company Jetstreame. The Kickstarter and Steam campaigns for Cyberpunk Casanova both went live on Valentine’s Day 2016. Cyberpunk Casanova is what we like to call a dystopian dating sim. It is our goal to create a dating sim with a western approach. To achieve this and maintain balance with what fans like about the genre, we decided to contrast the “grimdark” setting with bright…

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One of UAT’s Own Featured as 2016 IGDA Scholar

Camila Magrane

Congratulations to the recently awarded Game Programming student, Camila Magrane, who was selected as a 2016 IGDA Scholar securing a spot for her to attend the ever popular Game Developers Conference we all know simply as GDC, which takes place at the Moscone Center in San Fransisco, from March 14-18. Camila is a multimedia artist originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She is a recent graduate of the University of Advancing Technology where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Game Programming. Before pursuing a degree in game development, Camila studied photography and film making which gave her a strong foundation in visual…

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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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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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UAT Professors Rock Coding Seminars at the Great Arizona Code Challenge

Great Arizona Code Challenge

Photo above: Professor Mark Fedasiuk working with a student during the robot demo. The first annual Great Arizona Code Challenge took place at Infusionsoft Headquarters the weekend of July 24-25, offering 38 high school students the opportunity to attend coding seminars taught by UAT Professors, where they could ask questions and discuss their ideas. The Code Challenge started off with an ice breaker in order for the programmers to get acquainted and to inspire collaboration within the group. Infusionsoft provided attendees with a comfortable and fun work space where they could code around the clock to create an original game…

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UAT to Award Scholarship to the Great Arizona Code Challenge Winner

Great Arizona Code Challenge

The Great Arizona <Code> Challenge is happening Friday and Saturday at the Infusionsoft headquarters in Chandler. This 36-hour hackathon invites the best young programmers (3rd to 8th grade) from across the state to compete for prizes. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix and the Prenda Code Club host the Great Arizona <Code> Challenge. University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is also a partner of the event promoting STEAM education. UAT will offer the winning individual or team a half-tuition scholarship as a grand prize. UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “From my experiences…

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UAT Alumni Use Intel RealSense Technology

Intel RealSense

A group of nine game developers consisting of UAT alumni and faculty participated in Intel’s Real Sense Hacker Lab on Thursday, June 25, in Tempe. This was the first time these developers had seen or learned about Intel RealSense, which is new hardware equipped with special cameras that Intel is now installing in laptops and tablets. During the hands-on demo, the developers learned about the different cameras’ functions like infrared, stereo, as well as gesture tracking, and hand and face movements. After the demo and a break for lunch, a 4-hour jam session began where each developer worked on a…

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