term: spring | date: 1st february, 2021

There is still time to express your interest in a collaboration with the Thornton School of Music. We all know that music and sound does a huge amount to shape the experience of a game—here’s a chance for you to collaborate with some incredibly talented composers, no matter what kind of game you’re making!

Professor Garry Schyman of the USC Thornton School of Music (BioShock, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor) and Richard Lemarchand (USC Games) are organizing a pitch session at 12:30pm on Thursday, 11th February (Week 4), to match our awesome USC Games projects with the amazingly talented composers in Garry’s class “Advanced Game Scoring and Integration!”

If you have music composition needs for your game projects, no matter what kind of game it is, and whether it’s in a class or not, you can sign up to find a composer by filling out the short form HERE.

This semester we are welcoming AGP projects, thesis students in both their second and third years, projects from other classes, and any and all personal projects! Many of the composers in Gary’s class are already working professionals, and the quality of their work is extraordinarily high. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to collaborate, network, and learn!

We will accept applications until 5pm on Thursday 4th February, only three days from now, so don’t delay in applying.

Then, in order to get matched with a composer, we’ll ask you to put together a “one-sheet” with an overview of your game (including just a little text and lots of pictures) to help you to pitch it to the composers. The one-sheets will be due on Tuesday 9th February at 12pm (noon), and you can read more about them, and the whole process, HERE.

We can’t wait to see (and hear) your projects!

The Front Desk has been hard at work, and we are pleased to inform all USC Games students that the USC Games Event Calendar and the Festival Calendar are now available! Please check your emails for invitations in order to add them to your Google Calendar. Stay up to date on all USC Games events, as well as festivals, scholarships, and publication submission deadlines.

While invitations to the USC Games Event Calendar were sent out in Week 1, the Festival Calendar invite will go out at around the same time as the Weekly Access Guide tomorrow, February 2nd, so keep an eye out and Game On!

Last Week

Can’t get enough of volunteering? Well, Advanced Game Project needs you! Come playtest some awesome student designed pieces. Opportunities to volunteer will extend until the end of the spring semester, so there will plenty of chances to join in and potentially win the grand prize: a brand new XBox X or Playstation 5!

Sign up for a chance to play (and win) HERE.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Game Tasting is a weekly event featuring curated tabletop games (in Tabletop Simulator) with USC Games students and faculty. Come, have fun, and learn a new tabletop game every week!

This week we’re going to play Detective Club, a gorgeous party game from the publisher of Dixit and Mysterium. Players take turns playing beautifully illustrated surreal illustrations in order to prove that they know the club’s secret word, except for the one who doesn’t. That’s right, in keeping with tradition we’re kicking off the semester with a hidden role game. Join us Wednesday at 6:00 PM for conspiratorial fun with 2018’s Detective Club.

*Students & Faculty, look out for more information in our USC Games Weekly Access Guide.

Thursday, February 4th, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Want to be one of the Few, the Proud, the AGP Creative Directors?  It all starts here at the initial orientation! Joe Maris of Microsoft joins us to speak with AGP Director hopefuls, and we are excited to host him for our AGP 2022 kickoff event.

You could be the leader of the next set of Big Teams, Big Games, to be featured in Expo 2022! Don’t miss out!

*Students & Faculty, look out for more information in our USC Games Weekly Access Guide.

Friday, February 5th, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

The Bridge Art + Science Alliance is holding info sessions for people with questions about the upcoming deadline for pitches (see Festivals Section). All are invited to join BASA on Friday, February 5th and 7PM to get more information on how to prepare their pitches for submission.

Zoom URL: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94587706949
Zoom Meeting ID: 945 8770 6949

Wednesday, February 3rd, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Dr. Richard Bartle is a British professor and game researcher, best known for creating the first multi-user dungeon (MUD1). Holding a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of Essex, Dr. Bartle is a pioneer of and has written extensively on the topic of mutliplayer design, including books such as Designing Virtual Worlds and papers you might know of from classes such as CTIN-488. Bartle coined the categorization of players of MMORPGs into their four personality types (Bartle types!), and his trailblazing work has been referred to in games and research alike over the years. Come witness and a design legend yourself and take this chance to ask him the questions you’ve been hoarding since freshman year in CTIN-463!

*Students & Faculty, look out for more information in our USC Games Weekly Access Guide.

Friday, February 5th, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Hey Trojans! Do you play VALORANT? We are hosting SPIKE RUSH, a community event presented to you by Summoner School and USC Legends. Come join us for a casual Friday evening to meet and play with your fellow Trojans. The event starts this Friday, February 5th at 6PM PST and will take place in the Summoner School discord!