Painful Pineapples is taking over my life thanks to Wiblits

If you have a few minutes in between meetings and want to test your thumb skills at Pork Torque, where your pig eats more jelly beans than your competitor, head over to the Wiblits app. Co-founded by two brothers Colin and Adam Turner, Wiblits is a mobile platform for HTML5 mini-games where users can challenge … Read more

Windows 10 attracts gamers of all generations – video

Video contribution by Xavier Smith, content contribution by Chloe Nordquist Seven, eight…ten. Microsoft brought their “A” game when they developed Windows 10 and upped the ante with the free upgrade and special features for gamers. Microsoft’s new operating system released this week, mashed the favorites of seven and eight and intends to relieve headaches from previous versions. According … Read more

Avnet announces winners of 2015 Avnet Tech Games  

Leading global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. announced the 2015 winners of the 10th Annual Avnet Tech Games. Of the more than 200 students from universities and community colleges who competed in the games, 31 students collected $1,000 scholarships. Additionally, nine faculty advisors received $2,700 in honorariums for leading the winning teams to victory. “The 10th … Read more

AZ educational game projects help virtual classrooms teach real skills

Have you ever wondered what the classroom of the future might look like? Well, there may be fewer chalkboards and many more video games. In Arizona, several institutions, businesses and educators are working to bring games to the forefront of education. One of those initiatives is Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Games and Impact, which studies the ways … Read more

Atari, Nintendo, XBox – Celebrate National Video Games Day

Today is National Video Games Day and what better way to celebrate than to brush up on some gaming history. Arcades-Videogames really got their biggest start with arcade halls, which quickly became a hub of competition and socialization.   Home Computers- While dedicated consoles are billed as the best place to play games, personal computers … Read more

Try not to scream-GRAVE brings creepy updates to its Oculus Rift compatible game

Earlier this year, AZ Tech Beat got a peak into the game GRAVE by Broken Window Studios, Inc., a first-person, survival horror exploration experience using the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. This weekend at Phoenix Comicon, and fresh off a mega successful Kickstarter campaign, the GRAVE team was able to show off its game to the long … Read more

Game CoLab announces game studio incubator program

We at AZTB always geek out over new Arizona incubators, so naturally we were excited to hear about a new incubator program based out of Game CoLab, a community advocate for video game developers, announced a new game studio incubator program established with the help of an economic development grant from the City of Phoenix. The … Read more

Developer of GRAVE releases horror virtual reality experience via Oculus Rift

AZTB recently took a tech field trip to the University of Advancing Technology to sneak a peak at just some of the game development awesomeness taking place. We were lucky enough to speak with UAT almunus Tristan Parrish Moore, developer of the thrilling virtual reality experience – Grave. Parrish Moore graduated from UAT in 2012 … Read more

Phoenix game developer releases endless scroller parody

Indiana Stone is a new iOS game from Phoenix developer Tim Winsky and it is already getting some positive attention. Released in March, the game was briefly featured in Apple’s “New & Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” sections of the App Store. Winsky said this is critical for developers who don’t want their apps to get … Read more

ASU Offers Certification in Games and Impact

In the fall 2013, Arizona State University Center for Games and Impact will offer a Certificate in Games and Impact for undergraduate students. The certificate includes courses in theory, design, and use of games in fields such as education, health, social justice, journalism, and many other areas. These courses are designed to allow students to … Read more