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Posted on Apr 27, 2017 5:02:05 PM by Gage Roland in Announcements, in Geeky Stuff, in project, in C#, in computer science degree, in Unity, in vr, in web design, in Website

I've been talking about the projects I've worked on this semester, but wasn't able to post too much about them... until now!

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Counting Down Semesters

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 2:58:32 PM by Gage Roland in Announcements, in Blogs, in Student Life, in technology college

Hi all – I know I do not post a lot about myself, so I decided to start off the new year with an update on everything I'm doing at UAT. This is the start of my fifth semester here at UAT, and it's getting closer and closer to my graduation. I have about two more semesters to go!

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The Physical Keyboard Comeback

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 4:58:22 PM by Gage Roland in Announcements, in apple, in Geeky Stuff, in Keyboard

I never believed the physical keyboard was becoming obsolete in the first place, but Apple is progressing one of the best input devices we have with computers. I never thought I'd be praising Apple for anything they've "invented" or "innovated," but I have to give this one to them for sure. 

Source: Motherboard / Nicholas Deleon

The most recent announcement of the next Apple Macbook Pro has really gotten the attention of many. Not in the "we're removing the headphone jack" kind of attention, but in the "this is actually innovative and impressive" kind. Apple announced that the new Macbook Pros will come with an LED and touch screen keyboard built in. Now, they weren't the first, but they will hopefully be the first successful company to do so. 

Source: Engadget

Back in 2007, a company named Optimus was trying to create an OLED keyboard which contained an LED screen on each physical key. This allowed the key faces to be lowercase and uppercase when shift is pressed. It allows the users to also change languages and program keys to different commands. Unfortunately, the start up company never made it a reality and the keyboard was estimated to be priced at a nice $1,500. 

Source: Motherboard / Apple

Starting at $1,800, the Macbook Pro will feature this keyboard that allows for the same language toggles, intractable keys dependent on the running programs, and even the use of emoji keys. On top of that, the top bar of the keyboard will feature a small LED screen for interaction between popular programs like Spotify to see your playlists and queue.

I actually plan on the 15 inch laptop being my first Apple product I've ever owned. Between this and Windows 10 driving me away, I can't wait to see what this laptop and the OS itself has to offer. I currently run an ASUS Republic Of Gamers G75. It has been (and still is) a beast running strong for five years.

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Founder's Game Jam 2016

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 1:53:20 PM by Gage Roland in Announcements, in game design degree, in Game jam, in Student Life, in technology college, in Competition, in Indiecade, in Special Guests, in vr

Founder's Game Jam 2016

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Minecraft: Another Day, Another Platform

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 12:00:42 PM by Gage Roland in Announcements, in Geeky Stuff, in minecraft, in mojang, in oculus rift, in vr, in Windows 10


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Changing The Way We Interact With Phones: HoloFlex

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 2:59:44 PM by Gage Roland in 3D, in Announcements, in Geeky Stuff, in Phone, in HCI, in Human-Computer Interaction Degree, in HoloFlex, in Screen



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Finals Oh Man!

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 3:52:20 PM by Admin in Academics, in Announcements, in assasssins creed, in Blogs, in final, in Geeky Stuff, in gender issues, in Student Life, in ubisoft, in women, in english 101, in english project

Hey all!

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Game Jam Excitement

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 3:04:06 PM by Admin in Academics, in Announcements, in April Fools, in Blogs, in game design degree, in Game jam, in Geeky Stuff, in global game jam, in opportunities, in student activities, in student life, in Student Life, in technology college, in University of Advancing Technology, in april fools game jam, in Computer Animation Degree, in experience, in UAT

Hello all!

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Coming Soon: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 5:06:08 PM by Admin in Announcements, in Blogs, in Deus Ex, in game design degree, in Geeky Stuff, in Game Design

Ever since I was little I was always way more excited about games than almost anything else.  Movies were kind of cool but I could take them or leave them.  No matter how good the movie is, it always feels like you're on the outside looking in.  Books can probably match the level of excitement I feel for games, though the time in between books can become exhausting.  Regardless though, it's hard to match the feeling of falling into a really good book.  Unlike with movies, it feels as though you can actually walk around the world and experience everything.  However, games have always held a special place in my heart and it's certainly a large part of the reason why I wanted to go into game design.  With games, you are actually exploring the world on your own and can change the flow of certain events.  When Deus Ex: Human Revolution came out I thought the game looked interesting though nothing particularly amazing.  I really liked the concept in general, about human augmentation and the resistance that would inevitably follow such a drastic change in humanity.  However, I wasn't really going to play the game because I probably wasn't going to buy it.  I don't pirate games, I have a lot of reasons for that of which I won't get into here other than perhaps to say there's no valid excuse to pirate games.

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Greetings Everyone!

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 12:05:01 PM by Admin in Academics, in Announcements, in game design degree

Hey everyone! How is everything going? My name is Karina and I am the new Student Ambassador here at UAT. Currently I am a third semester student majoring in Game Art and Animation.I'm one two major projects this semester including Lou's Adventure, and El Toro Y La Luna. I am one of the art leads on Lou's Adventure, which is a game for players with cognitive disabilities and is designed to help them get through the game with ease. In the Animation club we have here at UAT, it was a collective vote at the end of my first semester to create a 3D animated short based on a storyboard done in Professor Portillio's story boarding class. The story is called El Toro Y La Luna and it was made by Pedro Perez. In this semester we are rigging and applying textures to the models that we have created. We also are planning on starting to animate it.

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