term: fall | date: 25th October, 2021


What’s Green and White and Hype all Over? Well, ok, yes, MONEY.  But also, thanks to our friends at Microsoft Game Studios, FREE Xbox Game Passes for ALL USC Games students, in IMGD and CS Games!  The best of the best games on Xbox, including Sea of Thieves, Halo The Master Chief Collection, Prey, Ori Will o the Whisps, Hades and over 100 more! Request your free code and keep an eye out for a group “Thank You!” Note we want to send back to our friends at Microsoft!

*This is a USC Games student exclusiveUSC Games students may check their email for more information on how to claim a game pass.

Wednesday, October 27th, 11:00AM – 12:50PM

CTIN-487 is thrilled to welcome Doug Scott, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President of Twitch.tv! Doug is a distinguished leader in Marketing & Business Development for the games and creator space, with a history at Electronic Arts, Youtube, Zynga, and more. Now as CMO & EVP at Twitch since 2019, Doug has been running Twitch’s international businesses in EMEA, APAC, and Latin America. Come hear about Doug’s experience in corporate strategy, international operations, marketing planning, and what the other side of content acquisition strategy and negotiation looks like in CTIN-487 this Wednesday, 10/27 at 11am in SCI 106!

*Face masks and a valid Trojan Check are required for attendance to all USC classes and events.

Thursday, October 28th, & 29th

First Forum is the annual graduate student-run conference hosted by the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. We organized this year’s conference around three goals: First, we aim to bring together graduate students and faculty from around the world to share exciting, upcoming scholarship relevant to cinema and media studies and its adjacent fields. Second, we aim to give graduate student scholars at USC and elsewhere an opportunity to present and receive feedback on their work in a friendly and welcoming community of their peers and mentors. Third and finally, given the long-term challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual conferences, and the realities of Zoom fatigue, we aim to convene people for a program that is not psychologically draining, but thought-provoking and sustainable for speakers, participants, organizers, and attendees. To this end, instead of a traditional academic conference, the program has been organized around four evenings of programming spread over two weeks. We hope that you will help us achieve these goals by asking thoughtful questions, offering constructive critique and discussion, and being respectful of the contributions, experiences, and dignity of all participants.

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Friday, October 29th, 4:00PM – 5:00PM

Does coding scare you? Want to make games without having to rely on coding from scratch? Join Carlo Meglio and MEGA this Friday 4PM in SCI 207 for a Bitsy workshop! Learn all about the immense possibilities contained in this small software perfect for beginners and experienced game makers alike. Carlo has made 4 Bitsy games played a total of 5000+ times and wants to share its accessibility to the world. Bring a laptop and learn all about Bitsy this Friday!

*Face masks and a valid Trojan Check are required for attendance to all USC classes and events.

Monday, November 1st, 10:30AM – 12:15PM

Peter Brinson’s “Grad Intermediate” is looking for playtesters for Monday, November 1, from 10:30 to 12:15.  Comes see the amazing projects at Alpha!

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Wednesday, October 27th, 7:00PM – 10:20PM

CTIN 463 is excited to welcome Derek Yu of Mossmouth! Derek is an Indie Game Industry veteran best known for Spelunky and Aquaria. Derek has recently released Spelunky 2 and is working on the UFO 50 collection alongside other indie creators. If you want a deeper insight into the indie game industry and want to learn more about roguelikes from one of the best, then come on down to CTIN 463 this Wednesday, 10/27 at 7pm in SCI 106!

*Face masks and a valid Trojan Check are required for attendance to all USC classes and events.

Friday, October 29th, 3:00PM – 5:20PM

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 at:

FRIDAY 29th OCTOBER 2021 from 3:00PM to 5:20PM (LOS ANGELES TIME)

You can come from 3pm to 4pm, or from 4pm to 5:20pm, or stay for both sessions!

*** We can’t promise to keep you busy playtesting for the whole time, but you are welcome to do other stuff while you wait to play! ***

Please sign up here.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Very best wishes,

Richard Lemarchand

Friday, October 29th, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

This Friday October 29 from 6-8 PM, USC League+ and SC Live will be hosting a super exciting event with Yvonne/Yvonnie of Offline TV, a social entertainment group of content creators that you may often see streaming on Twitch! Yvonne will be announcing the USC Student winner of her Elgato Stream Setup Makeover and we will have a panel where students can ask questions and win prizes from Elgato! We are so excited for this event and we hope you are too!

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Monday, November 1st – Friday, November 5th

The National Cancer Institute, as part of the Cancer Moonshot, is hosting a five-day Innovation Lab to generate creative data visualization strategies for cancer research. This Lab is intended to catalyze unconventional, interdisciplinary teams involving game designers, data visualization experts, and cancer researchers to spur novel methods of visualizing and interacting with cancer datasets.

This virtual event will take place throughout the week of November 1-5 (10am to 4:30pm ET – with optional, but highly recommended, evening activities). Applicants must be willing to participate for the entire duration of the Innovation Lab if selected as a meeting participant.

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