Game Innovation Lab
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Game salon

Playthink is a USC-based salon about games, interactivity, art and culture. Since 2013, we have held a regular series of discussions at the USC Game Innovation Lab that are dedicated to drawing out provocative ideas around play, games, art and interactivity. This year, in 2018, we have added a podcast component to our salon. Now you can listen to Playthink episodes on this page, below, or by subscribing to our feed on iTunes or Google Play.

Organizers Emeritus

  • Steve Anderson

  • Raghav Bashyal

  • Lucas Peterson

  • Bonnie Ruberg

  • Elizabeth Swensen

  • Akira Thompson

  • Simon Wiscombe

  • Kevin Wong

Upcoming and past salons

Inaugural Playthink Salon

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
SCI 301 (Third Floor, The Game Innovation Lab)
3470 McClintock Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90089
Open to everyone in the USC Community

Join us for an evening of lecture, discussion, and conversation. Featured speakers include Zak S. presenting his tabletop RPG, Vornheim, Richard Lemarchand reflecting on Katamari Damacy, Raghav Bashyal leading a conversation on Tale of Tales’ not-manifesto Beautiful Art Program, and Kurosh ValaNejad discussing the politics of language around games.

There will be someone in the lobby until 6:00pm to assist anyone who does not have access to the third floor. If you are planning on attending, please read Tale of Tales’ BAP beforehand!

See you there!