term: spring | date: 29th march, 2021


A product of last year’s AGP cycle, OUR AMERICA is an autobiographical VR project created by alumni Bryant Young, exploring the harrowing experience of driving while black. A recipient of Unity’s development grant, we are proud of the hard work that Bryant and his team have done to create this impactful project.

You can check out USA Today’s coverage of Our America HERE.


Hello Students, it’s Collin here, once again talking to you about advisement schedules.

With the increased number of students, advisement will be functioning slightly differently this year; IMGD students, please look for an email from me directly, but ALL STUDENTS, please take note of the following events:

Wednesday 3/31 & 4/7, 3pm – 4:30pm: ALL STUDENT GROUP ADVISEMENT, all students invited.

If you have further questions, please contact the front desk (usc_interactive@cinema.usc.edu).


If you’ve been working on something (in class or on your own) the SCA community wants to celebrate our own creative power. CATV is a new student-run-and-operated “pirate” channel that wants to be a platform for exhibiting the work of our own peers. Submit your films, games, music, podcasts, comics, writing, and the VeeJays of CATV will spin it, stage it, play it, or otherwise highlight it.

If you want some practice talking about your work, come on the show as a featured guest. The program starts airing weekly on Twitch this spring, summer and beyond and and is accepting any and all submissions here.


Congratulations to Jasmine Persephone Jupiter, Abby Sherlock, and Kathryn Yu, all second year MFA IMGD students, on their inclusion as finalists in USC’s WCA Feminist Media Festival. The festival will take place on April 3rd. You can check out Operator and Heirloom on their itch.io sites.


We need your help to playtest a group of great games being designed by the excellent graduate students from Richard Lemarchand’s intermediate design and production class! We will be playtesting via Zoom! The playtests will take place FRIDAY 9TH APRIL 2021 from 2:00PM to 4:20PM!

In a change from last year, if you already came to our first playtest on 26th March, you can come to this one too, and see some of the other games!

If you can join us, please sign up here! And please tell your friends! All are welcome!

Last Week


USC Bridge is a high-level game team accelerator program designed to cultivate interdisciplinary professional excellence and development.

Its purpose is to give some of USC’s best and brightest students leadership opportunity on a professional-quality game project, direct individual exposure to and quality insight from our industry’s leading professionals and preparation for their career ahead.

USC Bridge will be available to a small number of USC undergraduate and graduate students, or recent USC graduates from any program or school.

If you have a team and project, have your lead apply, and mention the project and team members attached. Have other team members apply, if able, and also mention the project. Please note any positions you are looking to fill.

If you do not already have a team, please apply and know you will be considered for selected projects that need team members, or possibly selected for a Bridge project.

The USC Bridge program will run from late May until early August at USC.

Students will:

Collaborate on a game prototype with the individual mentorship of our industry’s best and brightest and the support of USC Games faculty.

Over the course of the summer they will be giving team presentations on specific facets of their prototype to panels of game industry leaders specializing in those crafts.

For more details or to ask questions about the program, please email USC_Interactive@cinema.usc.edu with the Subject “USC Bridge 2021”

Sign up HERE.


Dear friends,

We need your help to playtest a group of great games being designed by the excellent graduate students from Richard Lemarchand’s intermediate design and production class!

We will be playtesting via Zoom! The playtests will take place FRIDAY 26TH MARCH 2021 from 2:00PM to 4:20PM!

If you can join us, please sign up here! And please tell your friends! All are welcome!

Monday, March 29th – Sunday, April 4th

Cal Esports presents the College Game Jam on March 29th to April 4th. This is a 100% virtual event open to any student full or part-time. Register Now to join students from around the world as well as educational workshops with industry professionals.

Who can participate? Anyone currently enrolled in a degree program as either a full-time or part-time student. When you fill out the CGJ registration form, you will be asked to provide an .edu email address for all members of your team. 1 to 5 people per team! Team members do not have to be from the same school/program. If you’re looking for teammates, visit our looking-for-team thread or the #looking-for-team channel in our Discord.

Are there prizes? Yep! The top three winning teams will get detailed, written feedback on their game from game dev professionals, plus some other cool stuff.

Visit the jam website for more details.

Wednesday, March 31st, 3:00PM – 4:30PM

On Wednesday 3/31 from 3:00PM – 4:30PM, join Collin Kelly for an open advising session where all are welcome. This session is primarily for quick questions regarding advising for next year’s courses, but Collin will do his best to help anyone with anything they need. No reservation required; please see the link below:

Zoom URL: https://usc.zoom.us/j/5536635422

Wednesday, March 31st, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

USC Games is happy to welcome Mark Yampolsky, Game Designer on Apex Legends at Respawn Entertainment! Formerly of USC Games’ CS Games fame, Mark helped co-direct Ascend, a first-person VR arena shooter AGP, and also worked as a Technical Design intern at DICE Los Angeles. If this doesn’t blow you away already, then come on down to 463 to hear Mark spit absolute fire knowledge this Wednesday at 7pm PST!

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

Wednesday, March 31st, 11:00AM – 12:50PM

Originally from Detroit, Niles scoured the West Coast trying his hand at multiple startups before settling on Popdog as his key to success. With Popdog, Niles has grown the company’s influence to manage and support the careers of streamers such as Ninja, Lirik, TimTheTatman, AnneMunition, and more. Drop in to 499 to hear about Niles’ journey and philosophies on Wednesday at 11am PST!

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

Wednesday, March 31st, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

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’ll be playing Quartermaster General, a more modern iteration of the classic WW2 war games of the 70s and 80s. It brings updated sensibilities to the genre, featuring victory point scoring and hand management alongside territory control, supply line management, and streamlined strategic play. Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM PDT for total war in the European theater with 2013’s Quartermaster General.

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

Friday, April 2nd, 2:00PM – 3:00PM

We want to help you get jobs! Join our Diversity and Inclusion faculty Gordon Bellamy for a casual chat regarding career development, what you’d like to see in the program, and how USC Games can best support your interests. This will help us diversify the companies we bring in and how to support you better, regardless of where you are in your college and job search journey. This week’s chat will be for MFA 2nd Years, with next week’s for Undergrad Sophomores! You do not need to be a Games major to attend. For Zoom information, please contact gooi@usc.edu

We also want to best support your interests! Help us help you by giving us your thoughts. We’ll also be having meetings with each class throughout the semester to further the conversation and inform how we can provide you exactly what you need.

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