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    Student Innovation Projects in Game Programming and Game Design at UAT

    The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to showcase the Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects (SIPs) from the Game...

    The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to showcase the Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects (SIPs) from the Game Programming and Game Design majors. These projects represent the culmination of students' academic journey, highlighting their ability to address real-world challenges and push the boundaries of technology in the gaming industry.


    Student: Hope Thoms

    Major: Game Design

    Hope Thoms' FemInspire is a groundbreaking social application focused on supporting women in STEM through mentorship, earning recognition with the prestigious World Changer Award.



    Student: Trevor Baughn

    Major: Game Design

    Trevor Baughn’s Responsibility introduces a dynamic reputation system driven by game AI, enhancing the depth and complexity of NPC interactions within games.

    Musical Towers

    Student: Orlando McBride

    Major: Game Design

    Musical Towers is an innovative rhythm-based tower defense game designed to make music creation an integral part of gameplay. Unlike traditional games in this genre, Musical Towers allows players to generate original music by strategically placing towers that harmonize or discord with each other. This engaging approach not only entertains but also educates, helping users understand musical concepts like harmony and discordance. Ideal for both children and adults, the game aims to bridge the gap in music education accessibility, making learning about music fun and interactive.


    Student: Zac Habul

    Majors: Game Design and Game Programming

    Zac Habul’s Backseating introduces a novel game mechanic that splits control between the player and their character, enriching the narrative experience in narrative-based games.


    3-D Modeling Based on Action Figure Articulation

    Student: Sophie Schenck

    Majors: Game Design and Game Programming

    My SIP is a way of 3d modeling so that models have action figure articulation for the purpose of achieving a unique art style for a video game.


    Student: Andrew Long

    Major: Game Programming

    STEX-rs — the shader template exporter — a utility for game developers to use the same core shader across multiple game engines.

    Virtual Podcasting Camera

    Student: Pierson Mcinelly

    Major: Game Programming

    Pierson Mcinelly’s Virtual Podcasting Camera revolutionizes podcasting in virtual spaces, offering advanced virtual camera techniques for streaming and recording podcasts.


    Pixel Art Character Animation

    Student: Collin Strauch

    Major: Game Programming

    Collin Strauch’s software for generating pixel art character animations streamlines the animation process for game developers, providing a user-friendly tool for creating captivating sprite-based animations.


    Baked Directional Gravity

    Student Name: Adam White

    Major: Game Programming

    Adam White’s Baked Directional Gravity introduces a groundbreaking approach to game physics, enhancing the realism and dynamism of virtual environments.


    The Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects from UAT's Game Programming and Game Design majors exemplify the program's dedication to fostering innovation and equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of the gaming industry. These projects not only demonstrate students' technical expertise but also their creativity and ability to address societal challenges through gaming.

    Learn more about how Student Innovation Projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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    Sight-Reading and Ear Training Get a Makeover from UAT Student

    Using Games to Teach Music Team Member: Sam McKinley, Game Programming...

    Using Games to Teach Music

    Team Member: Sam McKinley, Game Programming

    Sight-reading and ear training are important skills for band, orchestra and choir. But when it comes to learning and playing music, these skills aren’t typically taught until middle and high school. Playing instruments from a young age, Sam McKinley, a Game Programming major, discovered that when it’s taught earlier, it’s easier for students to understand music. This is where his Student Innovation Project (SIP), Music in Me: Mega Melody, comes into play, teaching sight-reading and ear training to grades 3-5.

    Notably, Sam was active in the jazz and honor bands and part of many different music groups throughout school. He learned the clarinet in fifth grade and tenor saxophone in seventh grade.


    “I noticed that when these topics are taught, people have that lightbulb moment, and realize they might actually be good at this. I wanted to create those moments; I wanted to help people get to that point. I found the easiest way, other than teaching them in person, was teaching them through games. I was raised with so many educational games, and through those, I learned so much more.”

    Raised by an elementary school teacher, Sam’s mom was a huge inspiration. He notes, “The thing that spawned the idea was watching her kids learn the very beginning instruments, like the recorder. And through that, I had the idea that I want to help with this, but I can’t because of my own disabilities.”

    A familiar face around his mom’s classroom and the elementary school, Sam’s passion over the last couple of years was teaching kids all things music and instruments. Until his vertigo set in, he was part of the after-school program, teaching music and general studies, and consistently helping in classrooms throughout the day.

    “Because my mom was there all day, she would bring me. I was even asked to help with kindergarten and grades one and two. That was actually my passion; I just can’t keep up with those kids anymore,” Sam states.  

    Bring His Passion to Life 


    Music in Me: Mega Melody was mainly built in Unity using Visual Studio and C# development. Attributing most of his programming knowledge to University of Advancing Technology (UAT), Sam came to the University with a very basic understanding of game programming. Professors Tony Hinton and Adam Moore helped unlock Sam’s potential.


    Without an animator helping with the project, Sam took on learning how to edit sprites to make the game interactive via different character features and movements. Professor Adam Moore was a huge help with this aspect, as he introduced Sam to the possibilities with sprites and cohesively implemented many ideas into the game build. Sam also credits Science Professor Nathan Glover, who introduced him to more creative ways to think, not only with science, but with programming. This helped him come up with creative solutions to make the game more fun for kids.

    “For a long time, I was searching for how I can interact and help. With stuff like COVID, which slowed everything down, I realized that games help a lot. They relieve stress. That’s when it really started to click for me.”

    As a recent UAT graduate, Sam would like to continue developing educational games at a company in the video game industry. “I hope to make that impact again, even if I can’t do it in person. I’ve always loved making games, that’s something I’d really like to do.”

    Sam enjoyed his time and loved his experience at UAT. “I love the interactions here. I love that it’s more casual, like some teachers go by their first name, which I really like because it’s easier. Because of the walker, I am somewhat limited, but they have really helped me out here.”

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    Catalog Your Minifig Collection with The Minifig Bin

    LEGO Lovers Unite! Team Member: Zack Driscoll, Game...

    LEGO Lovers Unite!

    Team Member: Zack Driscoll, Game Programming

    Passionate collectors know part of the fun of collecting is organizing and cataloging the collection. Collectors love LEGO and there are a variety of apps to keep track of brick sets, but for minifigure enthusiasts, cataloging systems come up short.

    Zack Driscoll, Game Programming alumni, and his Student Innovation Project (SIP), The Minifig Bin, are here to save the day! The Minifig Bin is a mobile app that enables collectors to keep track of all their minifigures.

    An App for Minifigure Enthusiasts

     “There are plenty of times when I want to buy a LEGO set because I’m more interested in the minifigures than the build itself. It could be a set that’s marketed toward say four-year-olds, but it comes with really cool, unique minifigures, so of course, I’m going to get it; I want those characters. The minifigures are such an important part, and I wanted to really focus on them.”

    Zack was introduced to LEGO early on and fondly remembers building LEGO sets with his mom and brother, who helped inspire this project. “We’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. That also bled into my love of video games because one of the first video games I can remember playing was the original LEGO Star Wars from 2005. This inspired me to become a game programmer in the first place. I feel like LEGO has always been a huge part of my life, and I’m still going to buy it today.”


    With the end goal of creating a database for every minifigure, Zack started with three LEGO themes, Harry Potter, Ninjago and Star Wars, which totaled approximately 60 different minifigures, to launch his idea from concept to interactive app. Within the app, users can add different minifigures to their profile and view pertinent collector information, such as what set the minifigure appears in and the year it was released.

    The initial goal is to have LEGO’s entire minifigure collection available, but Zack also has bigger dreams for the app, stating, “Since the idea of LEGO is building, why not let people upload their own custom minifigures into the app. That’s something I definitely want to do because that’s just LEGO.”

    The Code Behind the Build

    Using Visual Studio Code as the integrated development environment (IDE), Zack built the app with React Native and JavaScript as the programming language. While there are many programming languages for apps, they typically differ by operating system. Using React Native, Zack only had to write one program in JavaScript, enabling his mobile app to run on both iSO and Android devices.  

    As a game programmer, many core concepts apply to app development, no matter what language is used. Plus, having already taken JavaScript courses at UAT sped up the React Native learning curve for Zack. Through UAT's React Native courses, taught by Professor Tony Hinton, Zack learned many new skills in the Expo framework for Rapid Application Development (RAD) to seamlessly create and publish React Native mobile apps.

    “It is a more tedious experience than you might think, but it was definitely a lot of fun trying to make the app. I wanted to have at least two different versions of each character’s minifigure, provide some basic information and have a system to keep track of how many a collector has, which can be modified through the app.” In his free time, Zack plans to develop this project further.

    Recently graduating from UAT in spring 2022, Zack reflects on his time at the University, “My favorite thing is the culture. A lot of other universities are very big, so you don’t get to know a lot of people, and you can’t always form a good connection with your professors. At UAT, you get that opportunity. I can have a casual conversation with my professors and not have to worry about booking it to the other side of campus for class. I can relax, I can talk to people. And we’re small enough where everybody knows everybody for the most part. I just really liked that about the campus experience.”

    Considering a Career in Gaming?

    Check out the following for more information about UAT gaming degrees.

    > Game Art and Animation

    > Game Design

    > Game Programming

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    Help Protect the University From AI

    Students Bring the University to Life Through Game Team Members:Christelle Cyprien, ...

    Students Bring the University to Life Through Game

    Team Members:
    Christelle Cyprien, Virtual Reality
    Anthony Marquez, Game Design
    Morgan Soetaert, Game Design, Game Programming

    Known to University of Advancing Technology (UAT) students as the paper prototyping class, Game 170 is a game design prototyping workshop taught by Professor Hue Henry. Class projects are comprised of creating five physical games (two individual and three group projects), culminating in a final project where students are tasked with combining everything previously learned in class. Students Anthony Marquez, Christelle Cyprien and Morgan Soetaert brought a showstopper to the table with their final game project, UAT Invasion.

    “When it comes to skills learned in the class, Professor Hue Henry is always asking if it’s fun. He always tells you, if it’s not fun, then scrap it out, because that’s the point of games. One thing I learned in this class is to really pay attention to how my play testers are reacting to this. Are they having a dull moment, or do they want to win/is it competitive?” shares Christelle.

    UAT Invasion is a two-player board game based on UAT’s campus. Taking on the role of UAT professors or evil forms of AI, players compete to take over the most territories and rooms on the board. Team Professor plays to protect the campus while team AI tries to hack and take over control of the school with the end goal being the first player to control four of the seven rooms wins.

    Starting the game in designated spots, each participant plays with three character markers that can move in any direction across the board, aside from diagonal. Focused on tactics, strategy, chance and skill, the game is played with movement cards and dice, and includes bonuses such as blocking, puzzles and special abilities.

    How to Play:

    1. The participant playing the Professors goes first.
    2. On the first turn, the player draws a movement card. At the start of each consecutive turn, the player will draw the number of cards they used during their prior turn. For example, if a player uses two cards, such as a blocking card and a movement card, the player will draw two cards instead of one during their next turn. Each player is allowed to hold a maximum of seven cards in their hand at a time.
    3. Before moving at the start of their turn, players can use a blocking card to block any of the opponent’s characters on the board for one turn.
    4. To gain control of a room, players must land on that room and roll a die. If the room is empty, the player can roll any number and win control of the room. If the opponent has already taken control of that room, the player will have to roll the same number as the dice in the room or higher. If successful, they replace the opponent’s marker and the room has a new number to beat. If they fail, they can use their next turn to try again.
    5. To earn special abilities, players must land on a puzzle space that matches their characters and solve the puzzle in under two minutes. If they succeed, the player grabs the token for the space and earns a single-use ability based on the character in use. Players can use this ability whenever they want, as long as it’s during their turn. After the ability is used, the player will return the token to its matching space on the board.
    6. The board includes an elevator spot that enables players to move between stories.


    Characters are classified as Programmers, Designers, Artists and Math Experts, and include many well-known faces around UAT. Play as Professors Derric Clark, Heather Peters and Matthew Marquit, to name a few, or the Monitor, Drone and Phone, and unlock special abilities depending on the chosen characters.


    Special Abilities

    To earn special single use abilities, land on a matching player square and complete the puzzle. Designers unlock the ability for a player to move twice with the option to either move one character twice or move two characters once during that turn. Players will use a separate movement card each time. The Math Experts enable a player to change a die’s value. They can add a point to one of their dice or remove one from an enemy’s die. Programmers unlock the ability to roll a die twice when a player is attempting to capture a room. Artists enable players to shuffle the deck and swap their cards for new ones.

    • Designers: Professors Lynn Understiller and Derric Clark vs. the Laptop and Flash Drive
    • Math Experts: Professors Nathan Glover and Heather Peters vs. the VR Headset and Drone
    • Programmers: Professors Adam and Moore Hue Henry vs. the Computer Tower and Monitor
    • Artists: Professors Jorge Portillo and Matthew Marquit vs. the Phone and Art Tablet

    UAT Invasion also includes a special room on the second floor of the board for Provost Dr. Dave Bolman, which has different rules from the other six rooms. At the start of the game, both players roll two dice to establish the number required to control this room. The dice are left in the room with a player marker. When a player reaches this room, they have 30 seconds to roll the predetermined number to win this room. If successful, the player will control this room for the rest of the game; the other player cannot steal this room. If they fail, the player can try again during their next turn.

    When asked about her experience at UAT so far, team member Morgan Soetaert states, “I love it here. I love the environment. The people are just unique. We’re all very similar, you can talk to anyone and immediately have a related interest. The professors are helpful, and they really care about your education. I enjoy talking to all of them—they’re all very passionate.”

    Team member Anthony Marquez shares a similar perspective, “My experience here has been really great. It’s not hard, but it’s not easy. You learn a lot because it’s really hands-on, and the teachers are cool because they’re just older versions of us. The people here [are my favorite], you can talk to anyone because they’re interested in the same things, you don’t feel left out here.”

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    Leveling Up: The Life of Gaming Student, Katherine Ervin

    University of Advancing Technology (UAT) sat down with Student Ambassador, Katherine (Kat) Ervin to talk about her studies and how they intersect with her work and personal life.   ...

    University of Advancing Technology (UAT) sat down with Student Ambassador, Katherine (Kat) Ervin to talk about her studies and how they intersect with her work and personal life.



    "Going into this field has made me happier than I ever have been, and I truly get to let my passion and personality shine in my work." - Katherine Ervin

     What Is your major and why did you choose it?

    I am majoring in Game Design and Game Art and Animation. I have always been passionate about art and video games. I wanted to find a career path that incorporated the two and I found out that being a Game Artist and Designer wasn’t “the guy in his parent’s basement” like everyone said but was an actual job! Going into this field has made me happier than I ever have been, and I truly get to let my passion and personality shine in my work.

    How many credits are you taking this semester?

    I have five classes and each class is around three credits. Next semester, however, I want to turn up the heat and take seven classes in total. 

    Why did you want or have to work while earning your degree?

    I wanted to work because I would like to be able to have more income for my projects and to help my mother out. She is a single parent and must take care of my little brother, who is still in high school and is special needs. She would send me close to a hundred dollars a week and I would feel terrible because we never had much, and I want that money to go towards my brother and the home we live in. I also needed extra money on the side for the software that I use personally, and I hated when she had to pay for it. Now I pay for it on my own and I alleviate her of having to spend extra money weekly.

    Is it challenging to work while attending school?

    It can get challenging sometimes. I sometimes have a hard time with time management and procrastinating on my schoolwork. Once I get behind, it gets hard to balance the incoming work along with the late assignments and then go to work on top of it. However, having the job has given me a sense of responsibility and has helped me procrastinate less. So, in all honesty, it has helped me stay stable in my grades more than drown me!

    How are you working through it?

    I am doing my work earlier and on days I am off, so I do not have to worry about it. If I have a late assignment, I do the work that’s recently due first so that is not late, and then I focus on each class and do the late assignments after.

    What other time or monetary responsibilities outside of work and school do you have?

    Outside of work I am the president of UAT’s Art Club. Other than that, I do not have much more besides my various hobbies. I draw, I play videogames, I make videogames (for fun) and I also spend a lot of time with my friends going to new places and experiencing new things. 

    Financially, how does working as a Student Ambassador support your life?

    Working as a SA has helped a lot financially. I am now able to spend money where I need it and have leftovers to drop into my savings! It makes my personal life and responsibilities much more manageable.

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    Katherine working UATx with her friends and fellow Student Ambassadors, Skylar and Hunter.

    Why did you want to work on campus instead of elsewhere?

    My friend, Hunter, pushed me to get this job. At first, I was unsure because I did not think I would be a good fit as a SA, especially since at the time my grades were low, and I was struggling to keep my head above water. I thought about opening my commissions again, and just selling my art, but I knew it wouldn’t get me where I wanted to be financially. So, I looked into it more and I liked the idea of interacting with potential students and helping them along their journey to UAT. So, I took the interview and Ta-da! I am here now with a job I thoroughly enjoy doing! 

    What is the best part about being a Student Ambassador?

    Honestly, I like giving tours. I know I just got tour approved not long ago, but I love meeting new people and talking to them about their interests, showing them things that might interest them and showing off places around the campus I enjoy!

    How do you stay on top of schoolwork?

    I like to do my work on the days I am off and before they are due. If I do it this way, then I do not have to worry about coming home from work and needing to do project work on top of it.

    Katherine Ervin SA

    Do you have any free time for other hobbies?

    All the time! I constantly take time for myself to play video games, hang out with friends and just kick back and relax! I play video games most of the time since it is something that brings me a lot of peace and happiness. I truly feel at home when I can play games. Right now, I am currently playing the game “Hades” during my free time!

    How does working while earning your degree help someone get where they want to go over if you were just working?

    I feel like working anywhere at any time will give you a good experience, even if it’s not in your work field. You can learn valuable workplace skills like communication, teamwork, and management solutions. I believe being an SA is good for me because I can work on my social skills! It’s like a bonus when working while getting a degree, so not only are you gaining real-life skills but also the skills of your trade on top of it!

     Where do you see yourself in ten years?

    I can only hope that in ten years I am doing what I love. I hope I am working on or have made a game that I am proud of and that many others can enjoy. Games have always given me a sense of release and happiness, so I hope in ten more years I can give many others that same sense of happiness.

    What advice do you have for a prospective student who is concerned about balancing school with their work and other responsibilities?

    I know this may sound crazy but just go for it! If you truly want it, then adapting to the new schedule of work and school will be like second nature. Just make sure to keep your chin high, work done on time, and give yourself the time to relax and have peace in your day-to-day life.


    Looking for a student job? Check out the on-campus jobs available to students at UAT.

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    Updatable Interior Mapping for Game Immersion

    For students at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), completing their Student Innovation Project (SIP) is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to their degree program. These projects are not only...

    For students at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), completing their Student Innovation Project (SIP) is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to their degree program. These projects are not only exciting for the students, but also to their professors who witness their progression and development. 

    One such SIP is Mark Montenieri's Updatable Interior Mapping project. According to Professor Hue Henry, "It is a brilliant use of a cutting-edge technology to solve the problem of how to provide one of the most heavily-requested features in the MMORPG genre."

    Professor Henry continued, "The use of cubemaps as a way to display interior spaces is a relatively new innovation in the game industry. Mark's project takes that to the next level by applying it to user-created spaces, such a player housing in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). However, these features are often prohibitively expensive. Mark's innovation makes it possible for many thousands, even millions of players to decorate and display their in-game homes in a way that is feasible with current MMO technologies and bandwidth limitations."

    Read on to learn about how Mark arrived at the idea and his future plans. 

    What is the purpose of your SIP and your claim to innovation?

    My SIP aims to make in-game cities and towns appear more alive by offering updatable images instead of static pictures on storefront windows and doorways. It also benefits densely packed player housing, such as an apartment building, by removing the actual housing to another part of the map and only showing recently updated images overlaid on windows and open doorways. Players would approach the doorways and enter the associated room or apartment via a portal method, which teleports them to the actual room, far away. This helps game performance by only rendering the room for players inside it and not to everyone who walks by. Anyone who’s played a multiplayer game and entered an extremely busy arena or town has experienced lag from the game having to render the space for every player simultaneously and my SIP aims to improve that aspect of multiplayer gaming.

    Watch his final presentation:

    What inspired your project?

    My wife and I used to play a game called Ultima Online (late 90s?), and we loved the player housing feature. As the game fell out of favor and changed to the point it was unrecognizable, we moved on, looking for a new game to play that still offered great player housing. Here we are, 20 years later and still haven’t found what we’re looking for, so I wanted to come up with an idea that would allow game-makers to offer housing while keeping lag to a minimum, since the number of people playing online games has skyrocketed.

    What part of your SIP are you most proud of? 

    The fact that this has never been done at scale in an MMO, at least to my knowledge, is what I’m most proud of and hope it’s something that may be incorporated into a shipping game one day.

    Game Mapping

    What parts have been difficult and how did you solve the problems? 

    I suppose the most difficult part is that my SIP uses the Unreal Engine. Since I started using/learning Unreal in 2017, I’ve been what I call a ‘Hobby-level programmer’, never rising to the point where I felt comfortable calling myself a game programmer. Learning Unreal Engine is difficult because it’s so complex, but being a student at UAT and having used the engine in multiple classes to create complete or near-complete games has helped my confidence and increased my proficiency quite a bit.

    What are your future plans for the project?

    For now, I’ll be sitting on the idea while I work on a larger project but may incorporate it as a feature before I ship. If it turns out that it’s not a good fit, I may create my own game that utilizes my SIP concept.

    What are your plans after graduation?

    Ah, the million-dollar question. Honestly, I’m not sure where my path leads, but having degree in hand should surely open doors previously unavailable to me. I look forward to exploring options and opportunities once my journey at UAT is complete.


    Mark is graduating with his Bachelor Degree in Game Programming in Fall 2022. We're excited to see where he lands and his continued innovation after he leaves UAT!

    Considering a career in gaming? Check out the following for more information about UAT gaming degrees.

    > Game Art and Animation

    > Game Design

    > Game Programming


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    Alumni Randall Tatum: Leveled Up as a Gaming Entrepreneur

    When students leave UAT, they typically aren't heading out to search for an entry-level opportunity. Our grads have invested their time here creating and innovating (on their own and through internships) to such a degree that a great job or entrepreneurship venture is a natural next step. ...

    When students leave UAT, they typically aren't heading out to search for an entry-level opportunity. Our grads have invested their time here creating and innovating (on their own and through internships) to such a degree that a great job or entrepreneurship venture is a natural next step. 

    Such is true for Randall Tatum, UAT alumni and Founder & CEO of Titanomachy Studios, LLC. Randall is an excellent example of how our students take what they learn and really go for it in the "real world". With a Bachelor’s of Art Game Design as well as a Master of Science in Production Management, Randall is not only achieving his dream, he is also helping others by advocating for independent developers in the game industry.


    Randall Tatum, CEO of Titanomachy Studios

    We caught up with Randall to ask what it's like owning his gaming company, plus to find out why he feels getting an education in an often do-it-yourself field helped him get to where he is now. 

    Tell me about Titanomachy Studios.

    Titanomachy Studios is a fully remote indie studio based out of Avondale, AZ and Stroudsburg, PA but with a team from around the globe. We are made up of people from all walks of life and backgrounds from Canadian pixel artists to English writers to UAT alumni programmers. We focus on creating game development. Our focuses are creating our own titles, like the upcoming SRPG, Condors Vs Ocelots, and Indie Publishing. We strive to make games that are fun and memorable experiences for everyone.

    Who are the different people/positions who make up the Titanomachy Studios team?

    Titanomachy Studios has a very diverse team from all walks of life and experiences. From the top: Ben S. – Web Developer; Tyler S. – Programming Lead; Tyler T. – Programming; Garrett H. – Programming; Merlin C. – Programming;  Hunter D. – Programming; Michael M. – Art Lead; Alethea H. – Artist; Peter G. – Artist; Yoorina S. – Artist; Ibrahim A. – Writer; Max S. – Assoc. Producer/Game Design; Jeremiah B. – Level Design; Colt B. – Level Design; Box Monkey Studios – Audio and SFX; Wayne D. – Finance/Legal; Randall T. – Project Lead/Producer


    Hunter Derrick, Programmer at Titanomachy Studios

    How did your education get you started on the path to your own company?

    My education has simply enabled me to not only think in new ways, but also to give me a baseline on how things should or should not go based on my resources and effort. I used my degree to work in the field, but it wasn’t until I pursued my Master’s at UAT that I began to think about disrupting markets and being an entrepreneur and really just making my own path instead of following others. If it was not for the things I learned in my education, I would have been sorely prepared and educated on how to start and operate a business. 

    From your personal experience, why is having an education in tech important?

    I think that, an education is important for many reasons. Obviously the technical instruction in your desired field is possible, but more than that, learning new ways to think about and solve problems and situations has helped me immensely. Videogames, like any other technical field, is just that--technical. Having an education not only facilitates learning new ways of thinking, but it also instructs on at the very least the basics, so that doing your own skill polishing and “leveling up” is possible. 

    Specifically, why is having a degree important in the game industry?

    A degree in the game industry is important for the same reasons a degree in the medical field is necessary. Not to say that making video games is on par with saving lives; however, I certainly wouldn’t hire a career plumber to be my lead game designer when his education is in plumbing. It applies here. When I interview people to work with us at Titanomachy, a degree doesn’t get you the job. Merit does, however, when two applicants are equal, the game degree wins out in most cases. I know that that person is instructed and SHOULD know what I’m saying when I say it.

    What advice do you have for prospective students?

    If you have a dream, follow it. No one is waiting for you to pursue them so follow your heart and use your head to navigate. Otherwise, stay organized. School is hard work and preparedness cannot be underrated.

    What advice do you have for graduating students looking to start their careers?

    Your portfolio is the single most useful thing you can offer any place you apply to. Make it big, make it varied and make it good.

    What is one of the most exciting moments of your career thus far?

    Five years ago, we released our first ever title, Stacker. It was an abysmal mess of spaghetti code and disorganization. It was also the proudest moment of my career, because I had a dream, I took the steps, and I achieved it. That feeling is irreplaceable.


    I had a dream, I took the steps, and I achieved it. That feeling is irreplaceable.

    How has your experience been operating your business fully remote?

    We started out remote, if for no other reason than to keep our overhead costs down. There are a lot of learning curves and communication barriers that are easy to forget, but critical issues arise from them often. There was a learning curve that I think would give most people a shiver or two, but after 5 years, when Covid came around, we were ready to stay safe, healthy and developing.


    Michael Monchamp, ORU lead sprite artist at Titanomachy Studios

    What is currently your favorite game?

    ​I am biased here because I think Condors Vs Ocelots is my favorite, but I have been enjoying Terraria, Legends of Runeterra, and Valorant.

    What do you look for in games? 

    I think what I look for the most in games is a compelling story and interesting mechanics. I come for the narrative, but stay for the awesome gameplay.



    To find out more about Randall and Titanomachy Studios, visit their Facebook and Twitter.

    Thank you Randall for your inspirational words! If you are a student or alumi and would like to share more about your experience, comment and let us know! 

    Want to know more about our Game Studies Degrees? Email admissions@uat.edu to get started!

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    Why I chose UAT

                              What is your major(s)? The Major...














    What is your major(s)?

    The Major that I chose is Game Programming. The reason I chose this

     degree is because I want to make video games. I have played video games ever since I was little, and it was always fun and created good memoires with friends and family. I want to do the same where the games I make people remember have fun and make good memories either by themselves or with others. To this day my reasoning is still the same for making games. Now there is tons of things that make a game art, coding, design but the reason I chose game programming instead of the others is because you get to create make it all work. Have characters move, health systems, enemies, inventory weapons and more you get to make things work and that’s why I chose that certain degree because I like to see things happen come to life.

    What made you choose UAT?

    The reason I chose UAT is because of the advanced technology they have the teachers are all expert facility and have worked in the industry before, so they know what it takes to get in and the build the classes around that to help you get in the industry at an easier rate. I figured with the knowledge the teachers have along with the technology they would help me achieve my goal and give me the knowledge to make games. Along with connections as well if they have all worked in industry then they know people that I could network with making it even easier to get a job since having connections is another huge thing in getting a job.

    What factors do you attribute to your successes?

    I am in my last semester here at UAT and this are some of the things that I did to achieve my goal. When you start out here try to meet as many people has you can and make friends. Having a group of friends within in your major and others can be a big help. They can help you with your homework and you can start projects together and make things with your portfolio plus you have connections once you graduate that could help you find jobs. Take a degree specific class and basic classes because the degree specific is where you want to learn knowledge to advance your career and will get busy as time goes. You want to balance a hard class with easy ones.

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    Global Gam Jam 2022: Productivity through Duality

    UAT Students and Alumni Engage in Global Gam Jam 2022 At the end of January, the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) launched into another exciting Global...

    UAT Students and Alumni Engage in Global Gam Jam 2022

    At the end of January, the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) launched into another exciting Global Game Jam as an official site for this year’s game creation event. The free, 48-hour jam was fully virtual this year, boasting 33,000 total jammers at 680 sites in 100 countries around the world! Of those, UAT had a great showing, with 57 registered through UAT’s site, https://globalgamejam.org/2022/jam-sites/university-advancing-technology.  

    Organized by Adam Moore, the jammers used Discord to communicate, form teams, and help each other out. The 2022 theme was Duality, with 16 games uploaded to UAT’s jam site at https://globalgamejam.org/2022/jam-sites/university-advancing-technology/games.

    The Global Game Jam concluded on Sunday, January 30, at 3:00 p.m. Arizona time. Wrap-up included presentations and awards, followed by streaming the games on Discord.

    The following are UAT’s site winners:

    Best Design: Mirror Block 



    Game Programmers: Darin Palermo, Lyndsey Boggs

    Game Artists: Kaulana Lee, Lyndsey Boggs

    Game Designer: Darin Palermo, Lyndsey Boggs, Kaulana Lee, Raul Montes

    Mirror Block


    Best Art: Harm Charm



    Art by Morgan Kitay and Nick Campbell

    Design and Programming by Jeremy Johnston

    Harm Charm


    Best Technical: Polarity



    Made by CatWithAKeyboard in less than 24h



    Best Audio: NoThinkingThing



    Development and Production credits to William Bailey and Wyvern Studios and Entertainment, LLC.

    Art contributions made possible by Epic Games and Wyvern Studios and Entertainment, LLC.

    No Thinking Thing


    Weirdest Game: A Shadow Named Nyct



    Music, Art, and Code by Carter Brinkley

    A Shadow Named NYCT


    Great work to all of the jammers! And remember, you don’t need any experience to participate in these events. Be on the lookout for the next opportunity to join the fun—and games!

    Considering a career in gaming? Check out the following for more information about UAT gaming degrees.

    > Game Art and Animation

    > Game Design

    > Game Programming


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