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October 16, 2017

Disco Bear

Platform: PC Browser Game Disco Bear is the heartfelt story of a bear being asked to dance once again. A...
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September 18, 2017

Long-time Professor Danny Bilson Takes Up Role As IMGD Chair, Launches New USC Games Initiatives

After 13 years as faculty, Professor Danny Bilson has taken up the mantle of Chair of the Interactive Media and Games...
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August 30, 2017

USC Games Faculty and Alum Win Awards at 2017 G4C Festival

At this year’s G4C Festival, Tracy Fullerton, head of the Games Innovation Lab and Lishan AZ, a 2017 graduate of...
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August 26, 2017

USC Games and LA Philharmonic Present: Hack Music LA

USC Games and the LA Philharmonic invite students and young creatives to be one of only 75 participants in the...
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May 9, 2017

Skyshot

Skyshot is a ball-and-hoop sport where players use grappling hooks to swing across the stadium, steal the ball, and score...
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May 8, 2017

Smooth Criminals

Smooth Criminals is a 3D action adventure game where you play as a team of 4 art thieves and steal...
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May 7, 2017

Chataclysm

Chataclysm is a live streaming game where the commander, played by a streamer, protects their city from a giant monster...
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May 6, 2017

Quiet of the Leaves

Quiet of the Leaves is a 2D side-scrolling narrative adventure game where you play as a young woman named Mars...
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May 5, 2017

Idhan

Idhan is a peaceful game about mindfulness and loss. Everything you see is fleeting, so enjoy it while it lasts....
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May 5, 2017

Cardamom

Cardamom is an interactive musical where the player, as a cat, becomes involved with the three tenants of a nearby...
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May 5, 2017

A Slime in Time

A Slime In Time puts holographic slimes into your real world, makes you their ruler, and lets you fight another...
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May 4, 2017

THE GAME MAKERS Screening + ALUMNI PANEL

On Monday May 8th, USC Games and the Interactive Media Division are proud host an all-star end-year-event, a screening of...
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May 4, 2017

duOS

duOS is a multiplayer platformer game in which you play by yourself. As the player, you control two different characters...
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May 4, 2017

From Light

From Light is a 2D puzzle platformer that uses photography-inspired mechanics to light-paint your own platforms and rescue your lost...
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May 3, 2017

Second Nature

Second Nature is a co-op only platformer where every aspect and interaction is designed for two players. Take up arms...
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March 15, 2017

Flow

Platform: PC/Console Game Flow is a simulation game created by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark. It was originally released as...
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March 14, 2017

Cloud

Platform: PC Game Cloud is a puzzle game developed by a team of students including the renowned game designers Jenova...
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February 22, 2017

The Locker

Platform: Installation Game The Locker is a mixed-reality installation game in which you explore physical artifacts with your hands and...
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February 22, 2017

Spellbound: The Wizardly Word Game

Platform: Card Game Spellbound is a challenging, multiplayer word game, where you and your friends are wizards. Wizards who partied a...
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February 22, 2017

Human Assimilation Simulator

Platform: Board Game A 3-5 player cooperative communication game where one player must tell other players to complete a certain...
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February 22, 2017

Cat-A-Pillar!

Platform: Card Game Cat-A-Pillar! is a 3-6 player card game about building long cats out of things like dragon wings,...
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February 22, 2017

10000 YEARS

Platform: Twine Game A found poetry/ruins exploration game in which you explore hypothetical versions of nuclear waste disposal sites created to...
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February 22, 2017

Score Creep

Platform: PC/Mobile Game A time travel stealth/action game. FEATURES Do a day’s worth of tasks in mere minutes! Avoid your past...
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February 22, 2017

Tiler Teller

Platform: iOS Game Tiler Teller is an educational game that comes with an interactive toy (a sponge cube with 6...
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February 22, 2017

The Armoire

Platform: Twine Game A woman is married to a man who teases her about a locked Armoire that he keeps in...
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February 22, 2017

Co-Operatives

Platform: PC w/ iPad Game Co-Operatives is a cross-platform asymmetric cooperative game for 2 players. One player takes the role...
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February 22, 2017

All’s Fair

Platform: Board Game All's Fair is a party card game in which two players take the role of suitors attempting...
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February 22, 2017

Oblige

Platform: Unity Game Oblige is a narrative exploration game where you play as a lower class mother of two living...
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February 22, 2017

Harmonious Zero Cool

Platform: PC Game HZC is a 2 player beat 'em up co-op game, where players share a single weapon: a...
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February 22, 2017

I Can Feel It Coming in the Air Tonight

Platform: Twine An interactive fiction Twine game about a boy and a girl and a general. FEATURES Immersive field recording...
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February 22, 2017

Dandelion

Platform: iOS/Android Game Dandelion is a simple yet philosophical game. Normally speaking, it is a 2D mobile puzzle game. You...
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February 22, 2017

Epitaph

Platform: Web Game Epitaph is an alien civilization extinction simulator: a text-based idlegame in which you observe (and optionally interfere...
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February 22, 2017

Sky Command

Platform: PC Game An asymmetric multiplayer team-based competitive action game where you cooperatively pilot an airship and attempt to destroy...
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February 22, 2017

Downtown Browns

Platform: PC/Mobile Web Series Downtown Browns is a three part interactive web series highlighting the variety decisions faced by women...
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February 22, 2017

The Curious Tale of an Unexpected Visit

Platform: PC Game The Curious Tale of an Unexpected Visit is a side scrolling adventure game about the balance between...
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February 22, 2017

Grassdancer

Platform: PC/Mac Game A 3D Physics-Platformer from a bug's-eye view! You're a tiny grasshopper with big ol' legs, trying to...
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February 22, 2017

SUNDOWN

Platform: PC Game SUNDOWN is a top-down multiplayer stealth game where all the maps are covered in darkness, and every...
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February 22, 2017

Shades of the Past

Platform: PC Game A room escape game in which you can switch between two room states--past and present--in order to...
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February 13, 2017

Five USC Games Students, Alumni named Forbes 30 Under 30

This month, five USC Games students/alumni were named Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 in the category of Games. In...
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January 26, 2017

GOLDRUSH

Platform: PC/Mac Game GOLDRUSH is a local multiplayer game about exploration and discovery. The players take the roles of prospectors...
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January 26, 2017

Animal Kingdom VR

Platform: PC/Oculus Rift Game A VR Exploration game with animated characters. FEATURES You are a bear in a colorful world...
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January 26, 2017

Sing

Platform: PC Game Sing is a 2D puzzle platformer that uses the player’s voice to affect the game world. The...
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November 2, 2016

My First IndieCade, a Student’s Perspective

Induction into a chef’s cult, figuring out the mystery behind a ghostly bride, meeting a butcher turned game designer, hearing...
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November 2, 2016

QUIET OF THE LEAVES: AN INTROSPECTIVE ADVENTURE

In the prehistoric era of video games, even before Pong (1972), that many of our parents love to regale stories...
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November 2, 2016

SKYSHOT: CHANGING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FPS GAME

Score tied. Match point. I run along the side of a wall past a defender and shoot my grappling hook...
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November 2, 2016

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE FROM LIGHT TEAM

  When I first signed up to playtest a 2D puzzle platformer called From Light, I didn't know what to expect....
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October 22, 2016

USC Games Wins Big at IndieCade

At the conclusion of IndieCade, the Red Carpet Awards celebrates the best of the selected nominees with a diverse set...
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October 13, 2016

INDIECADE SELECTION: The Locker

The Locker was envisioned by an unlikely pair—a maker of tactile experiences and an interactive film designer—who joined forces in...
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October 13, 2016

INDIECADE SELECTION: FRKN WKND

From Game Designer AQUMA (IMGD MFA '16), "When I had to make a thesis game for the IMGD MFA program, I wasn't...
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October 4, 2016

INDIECADE SELECTION: 700 to 730

700 to 730 is an interactive video installation that allows the audience to create a montage within a story about...
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October 4, 2016

INDIECADE SELECTION: Revisions

From Steve Cha (IMGD MFA '16), Revision's Creative Director; "I developed REVISIONS as my thesis project. I wanted to create a...
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October 4, 2016

INDIECADE SELECTION: You Must be 18 or Older to Enter

Who says childhood anxiety can't be fun? James Earl Cox III (@just404it) created the Twine prototype in a single night to...
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October 4, 2016

INDIECADE SELECTION: Octobo

Octobo is a reactive plush octopus toy with a tablet display on his head, soft sensors throughout his body, and his...
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October 4, 2016

INDIECADE SELECTION: SoundStage

SoundStage is a virtual reality music sandbox built specifically for room-scale VR. Whether you’re a professional DJ creating a new...
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September 28, 2016

IndieCade at the SCA, Free for all USC Students

Occurring through October 14-16, the University of Southern California and IndieCade are proud to announce that this year’s festival of...
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September 27, 2016

USC Games Director Tracy Fullerton named LA Magazine’s “Woman of the Year”

Honored as LA Magazine's Reader's Choice Woman of the Year, Director Fullerton used her time in the spotlight to highlight and...
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