EAE Launch Featured on ABC4 News

    The 2023 EAE Launch got some sweet, sweet coverage by ABC4’s new team on the day after the event.  Check out this link to see an overview of some great students games and a terrific overview and interview with EAE’s very own Professor Roger Altizer. Most of the amazing student games from this year’s […]

Capstone Game “Hell of a Racket” Gets Polygon Write-Up

  Hell of a Racket, one of EAE’s 2022-2023 Capstone games, has been featured in the games and entertainment website Polygon.  You can the article itself, linked here.  If you’re wanting to play the actual game, Hell of a Racket is available for download for free on Steam, as are most of the other student-built games […]

Capstone Game “Your Average Bear” Featured on Polygon

  Your Average Bear, a student game built by a team of undergraduates in EAE’s Capstone course this semester, has been featured in a brilliant write-up in Polygon.  For all the wonderful details from the Polygon article, see the article itself, linked here. You can get hands-on play time with Your Average Bear and all […]

Empathy Games: Promoting Empathy and Meaningful Connections Between People

Friday April 14th @ 10am on ZOOM In recent years, issues with the social skills in children have increased (e.g., bullying, difficulties with socialization, social distancing), which can lead to mental health issues in later life. While some early childhood development researchers link these challenges to growth in children’s use of technology, computer science researchers […]

SMS x EAE Design and Animation Info Sessions

Join developers from Santa Monica Studio, creators of the acclaimed God of War series, as they talk all about what studio life is like at SMS, what they look for in potential candidates, and the steps you can take if you’d like to work there one day! DESIGN INFO SESSION Wednesday 4/19 @ 11am MT […]

Empowerment Through Play

Empowerment Through Play: Transdisciplinary practice in applied games research Laura Levy April 7th @10am MT PTAB RM 109 Description: Empowerment of players and games users can take many forms with the applications of games potentially carrying profound impacts on players health, education, and realization of identity. This talk will cover Dr. Levy’s program of research […]

Balancing Player Choice and Author Control in Interactive Narrative Generation

March 30, 2023 at 4pm MT PTAB 109 This talk gives an overview of the history and future of strongly-authored (no language models) automated interactive story generation and presentation, through the lens of the speaker’s past, ongoing, and upcoming research projects. These projects are in the areas of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, narrative, video games, […]

EAE Lands #2 Spot in Princeton Review’s World Rankings 2023

The Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program at the University of Utah has been ranked #2 among public universities for both graduate and undergraduate game programs in the 2023 Princeton Review. Overall, Princeton Review ranks the program at #7 among all graduate programs and #6 among all undergraduate programs world-wide.  This recognition confirms the U’s position […]

Stop-Time: Adaptive and generative music in video games

March 27, 2023 at 4pm MT PTAB 109 Description: Music exists in the structuring of time. Music accompanying linear media like film can synchronize with the media, and research shows that this enhances audience’s emotional perception. Having access to film-like musical synchronicity could be a powerful tool for game composers, but the mismatch between the […]

4th Annual Gaymer Night

Hosted by EAE Wednesday 29 March 2023 5PM – 8PM MST Downstairs Space in Bldg 72 Join us for Gaymer Night to celebrate Pride Week at the University of Utah Wednesday, March 29th 2023. Let’s celebrate together with board games and snacks! Everyone is welcome to attend