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April 23, 2021


  “When all hope seems lost, it’s never too late to do the right thing.” Plasticity leaves players with this...
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April 20, 2021

Frick Frack: a game about love, capitalism, and hydraulic fracturing

You need money to pay your rent, buy food, and cover your wife’s medical bills. Then comes the winter season,...
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March 31, 2021

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Abby Sherlock

Abby Sherlock is currently a 2nd year graduate student at USC Games’ Interactive Media & Games graduate program. She has...
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March 24, 2021

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Liv Morales

Olivia (Liv) Morales is a sophomore at USC Games in the Interactive Media & Game Design program. She is an...
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March 19, 2021

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Brittany Beidleman

Brittany Beidleman is an alumna of USC Games’ Interactive Media & Games graduate program. She has worked on several amazing...
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March 17, 2021

Global Game Jam 2021

-Written by Kimmy Stewart and Jocelyn Yan USC Games was the host of Los Angeles’ Global Game Jam activities. Many...
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March 10, 2021

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Martzi Campos

Martzi Campos is a research staff member at the USC Game Innovation Lab and professor at USC Games. Her work...
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March 5, 2021

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Diana Hughes

Diana Hughes is an alumna of USC Games’ Interactive Media & Games graduate program. She has worked on a multitude...
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March 2, 2021

Maquette: Discussion with Professor Matt Whiting

Matt Whiting is a professor in the USC Games program and teaches courses in Viterbi’s Information and Technology Program (ITP)...
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February 26, 2021

Black History Month Spotlight: Jasmine Persephone Jupiter Part II

Jasmine Persephone Jupiter is a California-based narrative designer who is currently pursuing an MFA in Interactive Media & Game Design...
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Featured Faculty

Tracy Fullerton Tracy Fullerton is an experimental game designer, professor, and author. Her research center, the Game Innovation Lab, has produced a number of influential independent games, including Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, The Night Journey and Walden, a game. Her design textbook “Game Design Workshop” is used at game programs worldwide. Richard Lemarchand Lead designer on the critical and commercial hit series of Uncharted games from the Sony-owned developer Naughty Dog, Richard Lemarchand has a long history in the commercial games industry. Now a tenured Associate Professor in the USC Games program, he is also an active speaker and evangelist for indie games. Dennis Wixon A leading figure in the field of user research, Dr. Dennis Wixon holds the Microsoft Endowed Professorship in User Experience. Now a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts, Wixon has applied his research skills to many products and games including Microsoft Surface and the original Halo game. Mark Bolas Mark Bolas is a researcher exploring perception, agency and intelligence and a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts. His work focuses on creating virtual environments that fully engage one’s perception and cognition have contributed to such innovations as the Oculus Rift. Jesse Vigil Game Director of Reality Ends Here, Jesse Vigil leads new, incoming students in an underground game about media making and collaboration. Reality Ends Here is an award winning experience that challenges the traditional methodologies of education.