term: spring | date: 8th february, 2021

Several USC Games students submitted their games to the Independent Games Festival. They are now in the running to win one of a myriad of awards, including Best Student Game. We applaud them for their engagement and commitment to putting their work forward, and we wish them all the best of luck in the festival!

Check out these IGF pages to see their entries:

Kathryn Yu and Abby Sherlock’s Heirloom
Rong Deng’s Aria
Francesca Palamara’s Alma
Andre Pascual’s Serpent Showdown
Ahmad Mir Mohammad Sadeghi’s Liquidators

Last Week

IndieCade Fun Drive started off with a bang on February 7th, and USC Games is delighted to once again be taking part. Check out IndieCade Twitch throughout the week for appearances by faculty and staff members Sean Bloom, Jesse Vigil, Martzi Campos, Andy Nealen, Gordon Bellamy, Sam Roberts, Collin Kelly, and Gini Benson, a few of whom are launching weekly shows!

Sean Bloom kicked things off on Sunday with a play through of IndieCade alumni games, Lost Words: Beyond the Page, Knights and Bikes, and Creature in the Well.

Sam Roberts launched the Iron Game Design Challenge on Monday. This weekly show will feature Tracy Fullerton and Gordon Bellamy as judges during challenge weeks.

Catch the encore of IndieCade 2020’s Iron Game Design Challenge with team members Andy Nealen, Sam Roberts, and Gordon Bellamy, as well as a host of others, on Tuesday at 10:00am.

Jesse Vigil and Martzi Campos launch their weekly show, Get Latest, on Tuesday at 11:00am.

On Friday at 11:00am, Collin Kelly and Gini Benson will be hosting the pilot of IndieCade’s new TTRPG series, starting with a live actual play of Visigoths vs. Mall Goths.

On Saturday at 12:00pm, catch Gordon Bellamy again as he plays through IndieCade alumni game, ‘Ye or Nay?

Check out the full line-up HERE!

Wednesday, February 17th, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

An integral member of the 100 Thieves squad, Ibrahim Eljeilat helps run the intersection between esports, entertainment, and… hypebeast culture. As an integral part of the talent development team behind 100 Thieves’ star-studded cast, Ibrahim knows what needs to be done to build streaming and esports legends. Come find out exactly what that is in CTIN-499 this Wednesday, February 17th at 11am PST!

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

Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

An industry professional with a long history of design experience, Joe Quadara is a game designer with invaluable expertise. As a former Design Director for games like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, XCOM 2, and the Tomb Raider series, Joe has moved on to assist other game devs as a Game Design Consultant for Recurver, a self-started company providing independent game development consulting services. If you’d like to learn some design tips/tricks and learn about game development career movements from Joe firsthand, come to the CTIN-463 Zoom Wednesday at 7pm PST!

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

Sunday, February 21st, 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Expand your approach to writing through the lens of interactive storytelling. In this panel, we will be joined by experienced writers -Marianne Krawczyk, Xalavier Nelson Jr., Susan O’Connor, Ryan Kaufman- behind some of video games biggest hits to discuss the ins and outs of writing for narrative games and what screenwriters can learn from this increasingly popular form of storytelling.

The lines between traditional films and games are continuously blurring with the rise of interactive projects like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend. This session will explore the collaborative process behind video game writing, the importance of genre in building a game’s narrative, and how this dominant industry is changing the way we experience stories.

A look into interactive storytelling will introduce you to new mediums to focus your creativity and have you looking at your old scripts in fresh ways. To learn more about our panelists, or purchase your ticket, visit HERE.

Wednesday, February 17th, 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 Between Two Cities, a city-building game with a cooperative-competitive mechanic. Each player sits between two cities, and can contribute to the success of both, in partnership with their neighbor on that side. Can you make the most out of your partnerships and get the highest combined score? Join us Wednesday at 6:00 PM to find out with 2015’s Between Two Cities.

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

Friday, February 19th, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

The executive producer of development partnerships at Warner Bros. Entertainment, Sheloman is someone truly passionate about games. He has more than fifteen years of experience in the global games industry, with Tencent and other large names under his belt, and has done everything from QA to game design to production and business development. Most importantly, Sheloman believes the joy of playing games must be spread to all. Come join us this Friday 2/19 at 3PM PST to expand your horizons and learn more about improving your odds for global success!

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

Monday, February 22nd, 1:30PM – 2:30PM

We hope to see you all at our Diversity Council meeting on Monday, February 22nd  at 1:30 pm. This meeting is open to the SCA community and we highly encourage SCA students, staff, and faculty to attend. The first part of the meeting will focus on business and information about Council initiatives, followed by Q&A discussion.  To ensure the safest possible space for meetings and discussion we will use the webinar format.

Spring Semester 2021 SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion Meeting Dates: Feb 22 (1:30-2:30 pm), Mar 24 (2:30-3:30 pm), Apr 19 (1:30-2:30 pm)

Please email diversity@cinema.usc.edu if you would like to add an agenda item. Thank you for your continued support!