term: spring | date: 12th april, 2021

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 HEREDeadline is April 16th, 2021.

On April 19th, from 11:30AM – 1:20PM, CTIN 503 Interactive Entertainment, Science & Healthcare is hosting a playtest for The Brain Architecture GameThe Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development – what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.

Since 2009, thousands of people in groups around the world have played The Brain Architecture Game, gaining a memorable, compelling perspective on the lifelong impact of early childhood experiences.

The game is a 75-90 minute experience optimized for groups of 4-6 people per table. It can be played in small workshops, conferences, and large events, with as few as 8, or as many as 300 participants.

You can sign up for this playtest by contacting the SA, Awu Chen, at szeyuche@usc.edu

Last Week

Congratulations to MFA student Francesca Palamara and her team! Her thesis project, Alma, is a finalist for the 2021 BIG Festival for Best Diversity Game, Best Social Matters Game, and Best Student Game.

The BIG Festival (Brazil’s Independent Games Festival) is the largest festival and market for independent games in Latin America! The festival was established in 2012 and continues to be the most important independent games festival and business forum in Latin America.

To learn more about all the finalists, check them out 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:

Thursday 4/8, 11am – 12:30pm: ALL STUDENT GROUP ADVISEMENT, all students invited.

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

USC Career Launchpad is an online job-readiness program designed to enhance the skillsets that today’s employers are seeking. The program provides you with the practical tools needed to apply for your dream job and succeed in the workplace. Created specifically for USC students who are preparing to transition to the workplace, you will find professional career resources and ways to connect with the vast Trojan Network for alumni mentorship and more.

Register now!

Class of 2021: Tell Us Your Post-Graduation Plans & Earn a $5 Amazon Gift Card*: As you plan for life after USC, we want to celebrate your success and help you navigate the rapidly changing marketplace. USC is here for you and will continue to support you in your job search or other post-graduation endeavors, even after you graduate. If you are graduating in May from an undergraduate, graduate, or PhD program, take a few minutes to share your post-graduation plans. Whether you are not certain of your plans yet, have secured a job or fellowship, or will attend graduate school, we need to hear from everyone! Visit 12twenty, and click the button “Sign up with your USC SSO” (Current Students Only).

*Gift card codes will be emailed to the first 3,000 undergrads who complete the survey.

Are you a member of the USC Games family with big news or events to share? Let us know at uscgsoc@usc.edu, our Social Media Support center, or fill out THIS FORM!

Wednesday, April 14th, 11:00AM – 12:50PM

Interested in esports, game marketing, or any kind of game streaming? This week, CTIN-499 features Julian Schwartz, who manages strategic partnerships at YouTube with a game publisher focus. Previously of PUBG Corp. as their global esports bizdev/partnerships lead, Julian works with game publishers to design their YouTube content in the eye of PR and marketing. Delve deeper into Julian’s work in CTIN-499 this Wednesday at 11am PST!

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

Wednesday, April 14th, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

CTIN-463 is excited to welcome Dan Bunting, a Treyarch veteran of 15 years. During his time at Treyarch, Dan served as Multiplayer Game Director on the Call of Duty: Black Ops series before moving on to spearhead Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (including the Blackout battle royale mode) as co-studio head. If you’ve ever been curious as to how such a large scale game comes to fruition, why not pop in to listen to what Dan has to say on Wednesday at 7pm PST?

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

Friday, April 16th, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

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 Sophomores and MFA 1st Years, with next week’s for Freshmen! You do not need to be a Games major to attend. 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.

Wednesday, April 14th, 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 Dark Moon, a hidden identity game in the narrative tradition of Alien, Among Us, and Battlestar Galactica. In fact, this game was originally developed under the unlicensed title “BSG Express” as a better version of the hit 2008 Battlestar Galactica board game, which helped launch a new wave of social deduction games but is, in retrospect, kind of painful to actually play. Well, fans took it upon themselves to launch a grassroots campaign to streamline the fun of hard decisions and inevitable betrayal of BSG into a shorter, tighter, and more enjoyable package. Join us on Wednesday at 7:00 PM PDT for some space horror with 2011’s Dark Moon.

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

Friday, April 16th, 7:00PM

Play Among Us on Friday, 4/16/21 at 7 pm PDT with fellow Trojans! Players are stuck on a spaceship and must deduce which of the other players is an imposter! Final matches will stream on Trojan Esports Twitch.

Register HERE.

Monday, April 19th, 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Wondering about what the post-college experience is like in the games industry? Come join us on Monday, April 19 at 5 PM PST for an informal Q&A event with Blair Devereaux, a USC IMGD alum who recently graduated in 2019. Blair will be answering questions about post-college, getting into the games industry, and audio design in general. Feel free to bring your reel or resume for a portfolio review!

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