September 15, 2004

Game Innovation Lab at USC, plus Office Voodoo

by Andrew Stern · , 10:30 pm

Representatives from Electronic Arts and the University Of South California’s School of Cinema-Television have unveiled the EA Game Innovation Lab at USC’s Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, located in downtown Los Angeles. The lab has been created to act as a state-of-the-art research space and think tank for game design and creation.

(via Gamasutra)

Also I’ll throw in a link to what looked like an interesting talk today at USC, by Michael Lew of Media Lab Europe, discussing “What is happening to the film form as the medium becomes computational?” Lew presented Office Voodoo, “an algorithmic film with a realtime editing engine” (pdf), built into an interactive installation for two. (Sounds cool, but by default I’m skeptical towards what may be a design-heavy, AI-lite approach to interactive narrative, as well as concern for overly-coarse-grain sized story content. Perhaps someone who has seen the piece can let us know more about it.)