term: spring | date: 19th january, 2021

USC GAMES EXPO 2021 LOGO SURVEY

Well it’s January, which means we’re ramping up to the USC Games 2021 Expo (are ya excited?!? get excited!) and we want YOU to be a part of picking the logo for this year! Every year we tweak the event logo and this year’s no exception.
We’d like to tally results on 1/22 (Friday) EOD, so please take 5 minutes or so and vote now!
More details HERE, with around 14-15 options to choose from. Have fun!

OPEN ALPHA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING COHORT


Every semester, Open Alpha brings a game from conception to an open alpha release with a tight-knit group of student developers. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! We’re looking for designers, programmers, artists, composers, writers, or anybody passionate about making games or learning how to make games. Applications close Saturday 1/23! Apply and learn more on our website.

CHECK OUT THE LOJACK COLLECTION

USC football alum, Lawrence Jackson, has just released a line of apparel in the USC Bookstores. One of only two players in NCAA history to start 51 of 52 games, Lawrence Jackson represents the best of USC’s legacy with ambition and fearlessness. Bringing this commitment to excellence from the football field to fashion, we introduce the Lojack Collection. This is legendary apparel that represents the Five Traits of being a Trojan with a new casual style.

Proceeds from the sale help fund USC Athletic Scholarships and programs. You can check out the collection HERE.

FIND A COMPOSER FROM THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The USC Games-Thornton collaboration is back! 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, 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!

Last Week

USC GAMES GLOBAL GAME JAM 2021 IS LIVE

USC Games is proud to continue its Global Game Jam legacy into this new, remote world. Using distributed development techniques taken straight from Industry, and almost 9 months of learnings gathered from our faculty regarding best practices for virtual education and organization, we are confident that USC Games’ GGJ Online will continue to set a high bar for excellence.

Kickoff for the event is January 29th at 5:00PM PST. Zoom links will be available in the Events section of the newsletter closer to the event. All USC Friends and Family are invited!

REGISTER HERE

CTIN 497 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA STARTUP WELCOMES JOHN NEE

John Nee joins USC Games as the new professor for CTIN-497 Interactive Media Startup. USC Games is delighted to have John as a part of our family and wish to extend him our very warmest of welcomes. John Nee has served as a publisher with Marvel Entertainment, an executive for DC Entertainment, the CEO of Cryptozoic Games, and was the President of Wildstorm, an independent comics company. We look forward to our students experiencing the deep bench of knowledge and expertise that John will impart.

HEIRLOOM CONTINUES TO DAZZLE

The accolades for Heirloom, developed and designed by Abby Sherlock and Kathryn Yu, second year MFA students with the IMGD program, continue to pour in. Heirloom has made the shortlist for the New Media Writing Prize. The results of this contest will be announced on January 20th, and we at USC Games want to wish them all the luck. For more information about Heirloom and how to play, check out the itch.io. Congratulations Abby and Kathryn, and game on!

1/20: UNITY US INTERN PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION

Wednesday, January 20th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM

At Unity, Inclusion is driven by empathy, respect, and opportunity. We are excited to invite you to our Unity Technologies Intern Program Information Session.

This is an opportunity for you to meet members of the UR Recruiting Team alongside our Chief Marketing Officer, Clive Downie. Our team will be sharing about our organization here at Unity, what internship opportunities we have available, and provide a space for you to engage with us and ask any specific questions you may have.

Visit their website for more information about their program. For open roles you can apply here.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

01/26: USC SMART-VR COMMUNITY SHOWCASE

Saturday, January 26th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM

We are pleased to announce the first USC USC SensoriMotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Training in Virtual Reality (SMART-VR) Center virtual Community Showcase on January 26, 2021 from 2-3 pm. This will be the first in a series of showcases featuring short, exciting talks by members of our SMART-VR community about their current research and VR/AR projects.Talks will be accompanied by immersive, 360° demo content that you can view on your own, in the comfort of your own home, using a VR cardboard headset.

RSVP HERE || SMART-VR EVENTS

1/28: TEA@USC PRESENTS BRINGING GALAXY’S EDGE TO LIFE WITH WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING

Thursday, January 28th, 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Join TEA@USC on January 28th as we kick off our spring semester with Walt Disney Imagineering’s Scott Trowbridge, Margaret Kerrison, and John Larena for an exciting panel diving into the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its revolutionary attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

RSVP HERE

1/21: QUEER STUDENTS IN CINEMATIC ARTS INVOLVEMENT FAIR

Thursday, January 21st, 4:00PM- 6:00PM

Queer Students in Cinematic Arts would like to invite you to their Involvement Fair table to meet the eBoard members and get a taste of what their club is all about. QSCA is the new name of the previously established Queer Cut and their mission is to provide queer students and allies interested in the entertainment industry a space to meet each other, discuss LGBTQ+ issues in Hollywood, collaborate on projects, and meet established professors and alumni who are working towards a better future for queer people in media.

INTEREST FORM

Zoom URL: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98701443498

1/28: SPRING 2021 VIDEO GAME TEAM CREW EVENT

Thursday, January 28th, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

This event will be open to all students who are looking to join an AGP or Thesis project for this upcoming year. Hear about what games can be joined, what roles need filling, and how you can be involved. Students from USC Games and beyond can come to hear pitches for this year’s AGPs and find a way to participate in the class for Spring Semester. We will be looking for artists, engineers, and marketing people primarily (but not exclusively!) to work in-class on one of our ten games.

RSVP

1/29 – 31st: USC GAMES GLOBAL GAME JAM

Friday to Sunday, January 29th – 31st, 5:00PM –

USC Games is proud to continue its Global Game Jam legacy into this new, remote world. Using distributed development techniques taken straight from Industry, and almost 9 months of learnings gathered from our faculty regarding best practices for virtual education and organization, we are confident that USC Games’ GGJ Online will continue to set a high bar for excellence.

Kickoff for the event is January 29th at 5:00PM PST. Zoom links will be available closer to the event. All USC Friends and Family are invited!

REGISTER HERE