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Join us and our guest speaker, Tracy Fullerton, Director of USC’s Game Innovation Lab

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Walden: a Game

July 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
International Documentary Association
3470 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 980, Los Angeles, CA

There is Parking in the building ($$$), but we suggest finding street parking as we cannot validate.

Please join us and our guest speaker, Tracy Fullerton, Director of USC’s Game Innovation Lab, on Wednesday July 27th as she discusses her most recent project, Walden, a game. 
For the next StoryCode LA meetup, we are very happy to partner with the International Documentary Association (IDA) who will be hosting the event at their location.

SPACE will be limit to 40 people so please ONLY RSVP if you can make it and please update your RSVP if things change so we can have a real count of the attendees.

Step into the shoes of 19th Century philosopher Henry David Thoreau as he experiments a spiritual retreat from the acceleration of modern life. 

Walden is a survival game, immersed in a recreation of the woods, players are invited to follow the steps of the philosopher, and engage in sustaining activities. If you are going to survive the woods, you have to fend for yourself, build a shelter, gather food, fuel, and even make your own clothes but, unlike the “survival games” we are use to, which generally entail running away from a constant threat, this game is not an adrenaline ride, on the contrary, it allows for the player to wander and meditate therefore, the audience for the game is broad: from experimental game players to lovers of Thoreau and Transcendental literature.  


Tracy Fullerton is a game designer, professor and director of the USC Games program. Her research center, the Game Innovation Lab, has produced several influential independent games including Cloud; flOw; Darfur is Dying; The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom; The Night Journey, with artist Bill Viola; and Walden, a game.  Tracy is the author of “Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games,” a design textbook used at game programs worldwide, and holder of the Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment. Prior to USC, she designed games for Microsoft, Sony, MTV, among others.  Tracy’s work has received honors including an Emmy nomination, Indiecade’s “Sublime Experience,” “Impact,” and “Trailblazer” awards, the Games for Change “Game Changer” award, and the Game Developers Choice “Ambassador” Award.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture. Through its programs, the IDA provides resources, creates community, and defends rights and freedoms for documentary artists, activists, and journalists.

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