Girl Gamers are on the Rise! All Female Team of Developers from Arizona State University Follow their Dreams and Create Maia
Under guidance from Graphic Information Technology (GIT) professor Arnaud Ehgner, a team of female students from Arizona State University (ASU) has been working tirelessly on a school project to develop a one-level game on par with those created by industry professionals.
Maia, a 2D side-scroll action game for portable devices, is a magical jungle adventure that leads the player through a series of mysterious temples and ruins where the priestess—Maia—tries to head off an attack and keep peace in the village of Kuma.
The game is developed using 3D models for a 2D game. While the scenery is 2D, the characters are created first in 3D, and then transplanted into a 2D world. The team chose to develop the game using Adobe solutions including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Flash Professional because of the compatibility across platforms. Illustrator is used for the game’s concept art; Photoshop to finalize artwork with shading, touch-ups, and closing up texture seams; and Flash Professional for creating an engaging game with consistency across platforms.
“Adobe Photoshop also helps us play with the different perspectives by easily letting us translate and rotate the 3D models onto a 2D plane,” said team leader Rachel Ramsey.
The game targets female players with a strong leading female character. “I am so excited to be a part of Maia, as it has been one of my childhood dreams to create a video game with a strong female protagonist,” notes team member Jennifer Davidson.
Maia, now being expanded to three levels, will officially launch at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2014 for the Independent Gaming Competition and be available as a free demo for a limited time on iOS and Android tablet and mobile devices.
College students, get ready to battle! Today we are inviting you to show off your creative talent and stand out on campus by participating in the Adobe Creative Cloud Battle for the Band contest. Make a t-shirt, poster, backstage pass, video, or any other designs produced with Adobe tools for a chance to win an exclusive on campus concert, produced by Live Nation® and pop punk band – All Time Low.
To help you get a winning edge, download a free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud or take advantage of Adobe’s special price of $19.99 for a student membership. But you have to hurry! The contest ends on April 7.
Submissions will be judged between April 8 and April 11 and winners, selected by All Time Low, will be announced by mid-April. While the grand prize winner will receive an exclusive, on-campus performance by All Time Low, the second place winner will receive $1,000USD and all entrants will receive $20USD in Live Nation® Concert Cash© to be used for any concert tickets or merchandise.
Not ready to show off your creative skills? You can also enter the Rock Flight Sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to any Live Nation concert in the U.S. or Canada. In addition to reviewing submission guidelines and deadline information, contestants can gauge the competition, submit designs and vote for their favorite artwork on Adobe’s Battle for the Band Facebook page.
So what are you waiting for, go out there and show off your creative skills before it’s too late!
People know Adobe for many reasons, many of which revolve around our technologies that help creative professionals bring their ideas to reality and that enable marketers to create and drive industry-leading campaigns based in smart math. At Adobe Summit this week in Salt Lake City, we are talking about our technologies and the future of the industry, and we have specials guests sharing some incredible stories of overcoming tremendous personal and professional challenges to do something amazing. But we also had the opportunity to share a side of Adobe that isn’t talked about as often as our technology.
Today, at our Digital Marketing Summit, we heard from a great mind – Sal Khan about the idea of breaking down barriers to revolutionize whatever you are passionate about. His work and the vision for the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere, inspired us and evoked a standing ovation from the Summit crowd. In one of those rare moments where I had the opportunity to proudly represent all Adobe employees, I announced that Adobe is donating $50,000 to the Khan Academy to further its groundbreaking approach to education and community change.
That was an incredibly special moment to be able to share with our customers and partners. Beyond our technologies, Adobe has a philanthropic side that does meaningful and inspirational work, but that at times takes a backstage to Adobe’s business initiatives. Adobe Youth Voices represents this side of Adobe, and was created to ignite creative confidence in youth, empowering them to find their voice and make it heard. To date, Adobe Youth Voices has created opportunities for over 120,000 youth. We have a vision of a world where the future creative and mathematical minds of tomorrow are not hindered by circumstance but have endless opportunities to succeed.
Beyond Adobe Youth Voices, our broadly reaching Adobe Foundation is funded by Adobe to leverage human, technological, and financial resources to drive social change and improve the communities in which we live and work. The Adobe Foundation supports innovative programs that further its mission and goals, and we are proud to support Khan Academy as a partner in creating opportunities for the world’s youth. I’m pretty excited about it and speak for all 11,000 Adobe employees in saying that we believe the work we do to better humanity is the most important work we can do.
Adobe announced the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA), a global design competition that recognizes the best work of student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists. Individual and group projects created with Adobe creative software are eligible for submission and will be judged by an international panel of design experts. The ADAA competition has attracted more than 27,000 student participants from a total of 75 countries since the program was introduced in 2001.
The ADAA 2013 competition features 12 entry categories in three segments: Interactive Experience, Motion and Video, and Traditional Media.
- Interactive Experience segment includes: Information Design, Game Art and Development, Installation Design, and Digital Publishing
- Motion and Video includes: Animation, Audio Design, Motion Graphics, and Post-Production Editing
- Traditional Media includes: Illustration, Packaging (including Fashion), Print Communications, and Photograph
Students are encouraged to enter into either, or both, of the two submission sessions, allowing for more flexibility in their schedule. Submission deadlines are April 12 and June 21, 2013. All entries must be received by Adobe no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) on June 21, 2013. Students can view complete contest guidelines and submit projects at www.adobeawards.com.
Semifinalists will be announced shortly after each judging phase and featured in the ADAA Facebook community. Three finalists per each of the 12 entry categories will be revealed in September while winners will be announced in October during an online awards ceremony and awarded Adobe software and cash prizes.