November 18, 2017

A Look Back at DV’s “Fallout”

8 years ago today on October 24th, 2009, we began production on our first all-greenscreen film, “Fallout” (not related to the videogame series but nonetheless set in a post-apocalyptic future). It was the start of a new direction for the Digital Video Program, one that placed greater emphasis on visual effects filmmaking and on creating a professional production experience for students that would span the last few semesters of their academic career at the University. “Fallout” was an experiment. It could have ended in utter failure but we all still would have learned a ton from it. It would end…

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…

Founder’s Game Jam

Founders Game Jam at UAT

The 2017 Founder’s Game Jam took place at UAT the weekend of Sept. 22- 24 spreading a spark of game development inspiration around campus. This year’s theme was plants. Students had 48-hours, beginning on Friday afternoon, and ending on Sunday evening, to break into teams, come up with an idea, assign jobs and get to work. Because the fall semester had just began, it was exciting to see many new faces creating games together in the commons over the weekend. “I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of first time game jammers and first semester students that decided to…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…