New Courses for Spring 2018!

We have two new courses for Spring semester 2018:

  • CSCI-426 Game Prototyping - this course teaches you game design and prototyping and helps you create a pitch for the CSCI-491AB Final Games and CSCI-529AB Advances Games courses. The syllabus is here.
  • CSCI-599 Immersive Environments - this is a new course being submitted for approval as CSCI-538 Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality. The syllabus is here.
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USC GamePipe Fall 2017 Showcase

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering celebrates the GamePipe Laboratory’s Fall Showcase on Wednesday the 6th of December 2017, 11am to 2pm Shown at that event will be games & technologies built in classes held in the GamePipe Laboratory Fall semester, including work from the mobile, networked games, game engines & advanced games courses.

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Parking & Directions
Directions to the USC GamePipe Laboratory are here. We have reserved 40 spaces in Lot 29B, which is enterable from W 27th St at the bend with University Avenue. Please consider taking the Metro Expo Line (23rd St Stop) or Uber to our event! Parking will be quite scarce!

Showcase Agenda

The trailers for the games to be shown at the USC GamePipe Showcase are not yet here.

Advanced Games
The USC GamePipe Laboratory begins its twelfth year of CSCI-529 Advanced Games, the year-long game design & development course founded by the GamePipe Laboratory's Director, Michael Zyda, in Fall 2005. This year's games include students from multiple curricula throughout USC and outside universities such as the prestigious Game Art & Design Program at the Laguna College of Art & Design. The games chosen in the Spring 2017 contest for development over the next two semesters are the following:

  • Embedded - is a virtual-reality photography game developed in Unity about journalistic choice and how the media shapes public perception
  • Fan the Cannon - is a VR first-person tower defense game, where the player, playing as a dog, defends their house and goldfishes from professional cat thieves, using whatever they can pick up and their paws.
  • Friendshrimp - Traverse an immersive and destructible world as a colorful crustacean equipped with a legendary pair of fists. Solve puzzles and punch your way through stunning aquascapes as nature's fearsome but fun mantis shrimp.
  • Knight Errant - is a mobile, casual role-playing game that aims to bring casual players the core of the role-playing experience, by avoiding leveling and grinding and hoarding, and focusing on compelling storytelling driven by player choices.
  • Supernova - is a narrative-driven VR Rhythm Game that puts the player in their own music video and mixed with RPG elements, aims to deliver a fun and fast-paced psychological thriller narrative game.
  • Unfolded - is an origami, 3D third-person, action-adventure game. In Unfolded, play as Kiri discovering who she is and what she is capable of. Kiri gains the power of folding and unfolding paper into different forms. As the journey unravels, Kiri takes on a variety of dungeons, where she uses her power of folding/unfolding to fight enemies and solve puzzles; all in an attempt to save her paper world.
  • Wavebent - is a 3v3 gravitational brawler. Use physics, waves, and terraforming tech to knock your opponents out of orbit.
  • Mr Balloon - a melancholic VR game taking place in two different time periods where the player goes through memory puzzles to rediscover repressed memories about a childhood friend.
Mobile Games
  • Covfefe - the president is 4 minutes away from pressing the nuclear red button in the oval office. You are an intern in the white house, it is up to you to save the world. Run, avoid obstacles, and solve mini-puzzles in less than 4 minutes to successfully complete the game.
  • TroKey - the TroKey (Trojan Monkey) will cross many obstacles by monitoring sounds of obstacles and move forward and will ultimately win over UCLA.
  • Black Mist - you're trapped in a haunted mansion, the only way to escape is to solve the mystery. Find the hidden clues and solve the puzzles. Can you get out alive? Survive or die!
  • iScope - is a single player, 3D, third-person adventure game. You play as a survivor on the earth surrounded by aliens who try to kill you. In order to survive, you need to eliminate aliens and try to dodge their attacks. As far as you success to kill enemies and survive, the score will be increased, and you can gain multiple rewards in return.
  • Space Rush - infinite runner through outer space.
  • ClashAR - an augmented reality game that allows artillery and defenses to be placed on a ground/table in real time. Destroy the village temple with different levels of difficulty. Explore the game in augmented reality and decide where you want to watch/play the game from!
Networked Games
  • The Ooze is Loose - infect your enemies, Raise slimy monstrosities. Dominate the battlefield. A blob shooter game that utilizes a student-design & programmed network infrastructure!
  • City of Driver - a game of speed & fire. Drive your favorite car and enjoy unlimited battle in this city. A networked shooter/racing game.
  • Hunt - by reconstructing Monster Hunter by Capcom, the game achieved synchronization of many more objects compared to the original game. A networked game tech demo where the game server is in China.
  • Kill Them All - kill all the people on the opposite side to win.
Miscellaneous
  • Various tech demos from the Game Engines & other courses.

USC GamePipe Laboratory Seminar - Bethesda Game Studios

Title: We Are Bethesda
Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3:30pm
Speaker: Rob Echter, Senior Technical Recruiter, ZeniMax Media, Inc.
Location: USC GamePipe Laboratory, EGG-108

Abstract
Our presentation is entitled “We are Bethesda”. It is an overview of the ZeniMax Media family of studios and then specifically outlines our purpose for hiring programmers to join Bethesda Game Studios.

Speaker:
Rob Echter – Senior Technical Recruiter – 4 year employee of ZeniMax Media, passionate about hiring great people to make our games a reality, and a low-skill FPS player.

Rob Echter | Sr. Technical Recruiter | ZeniMax Media Inc.
1370 Piccard Drive, Suite 120 | Rockville, MD 20850
linkedin.com/in/robechter
zenimax.com bethesda.net
rob.echter@zenimax.com
585.944.9842