USC Games Expo to Showcase 70 Student Games on May 15
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The USC Games Expo will debut with more than 70 student-created games at noon in the Pacific on May 15, in an event that is broadcast live only online.
The University of Southern California video game program event will feature returning host Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards. Longtime partner Jam City is also returning. The USC Games program is ranked as the nation’s best undergraduate gaming school by The Princeton Review.
The event will be the second time it will be held in an online-only format due to the pandemic. The 70 games are up from 50 a year ago. They come from teams of students who have worked remotely and have been distributed around the world.
Continuing the “global” theme, an additional live reminder of the expo will be broadcast that evening Pacific time to coincide with the day in Asia. All interested participants can register at uscgamesexpo.com for event updates, with North American participants who RSVP eligible to win prizes, including game codes, during the feed itself. even.
This is the fifth year that USC Games has hosted an exhibition, which covers video game development programs offered by USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and USC School of Cinematic Arts. The Expo will also present the first practical exercise for the 10 projects under development in its synthesis course, the Advanced Games Program (AGP).
The 10 games of the AGP class are:
- Beat the Beat Up (Oculus VR) – A virtual reality action / rhythm game in which you fight to the beat of the star of your own Bollywood blockbuster. The Don Quarter has sent its minions to terrorize the locals, and only you can stop them. You have to wow critics, including one voiced by Bollywood star Abhay Deol (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dev.D, Happy Bhag Jayegi). If you accumulate your score and clear the streets, you can save the village.
- Corporate Clash (Mobile IOS / Android) – You can become 2250’s richest CEO. Corporate Clash is a casual mobile strategy game where gamers are the CEO of a futuristic company that makes widgets for robot consumers. You have to deal with the twists and turns thrown at you by your factory, your employees, your investors and other demanding groups. Pollute to reduce costs but irritate environmentalists, or raise prices and upset your customers?
- Crescendo (PC) – Crescendo is a 2D fighting action game where you lead a musical world through your actions. Travel through a strange fairytale setting with music and face the monstrous personifications of an orchestra.
- Detour Bus (SteamVR, Oculus Rift / Link) – Detour Bus is a virtual reality construction-comedy game in which players build winding highways around them to take the Flowers family on a psychedelic road trip across America post-infrastructure. Assemble random road pieces to traverse groovy landscapes, dodge dangerous obstacles, and stop corrupt Senator Joseph McCarthief from turning all freeways into paid tunnels.
- Larger Than Light (PC) – Cross the shadows by manipulating light in the 2.5D puzzle platformer game, Larger Than Light. Escape a Haunted School as a sibling duo: Shadow Skia, who can move through other shadows on the wall, and Lux the Bulb, who can manipulate the size and placement of shadows to that her younger sister can move around. A single player will control both characters, having them work together to break away from the otherworldly force that traps them in their school while overcoming their sibling rivalry.
- Leechbug (PC) – Leechbug is a real-time strategy fighting game where players take on the role of Leechbug, a robotic symbiotic parasite that exists in an alien seascape. Your home is threatened by a polluting force which also undermines the will of your fellow submarines. You must use your powers of possession to free your friends, control their unique abilities in synergy to engage in combat and reach the surface of the ocean to save your underwater world.
- Pelota (PC) – Pelota is an action-packed online sports game for 2 to 4 players that introduces an old sport to the interactive medium. Players will be immersed in a Mesoamerican setting as they master the game’s new physics-based mechanics to pass the game ball through a vertical hoop, using everything they have – except their hands – in order to gain the favor of the gods.
- Snowshoe Thompson (PC) – Explore the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in The Trials of Snowshoe Thompson, a 19th century ski expedition game about an immigrant traversing the elements and laying the groundwork for what would become service US postal service. In 1856, Snowshoe Thompson set out to help his new community as a cross-country ski mailman through the Sierra Nevada mountain range, connecting the Wild West to the world.
- Sweeping the Ruins (PC) – Sweeping the Ruins is a two-player cooperative strategy and combat game that allows players to engage in asymmetric combat with a subdued monster in a dark, deep dungeon. Armed unarmed, two players will rely on their wits and use environmental traps to work in tandem to take down the beast. Players will need strategic coordination, situational awareness, and teamwork to defeat the massive enemy and prevent the destruction of their neighboring homeland.
- Wheelin ‘& Mealin’ (PC) – Wheelin ‘and Mealin’ is a two player cooperative driving and cooking game that combines tools around a bright and colorful cityscape and cooking fantastic food. Players can maneuver a bloated race car and immerse themselves in a fantastic city to create insane dishes that satisfy their customers in order to rise to the top of the restaurant world.
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