Game Innovation Lab
Collaboration is our game.


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

Magalis Videaux-Martinez at Playthink: 2/26/19

Videaux-Martinez’s work lives at the intersection of experience design, immersive storytelling and experiential learning. She creates projects and cultivates spaces that harness story, design, and technology as tools for critical play and social dreaming. She is currently serving as a Designer-in-Residence at the Critical Design and Gaming School (C\DAGS) in South Central Los Angeles. In this role, Videaux-Martinez is designing an experiential learning model and play-space a.k.a. the Imagination Lab (ImL).

Join us for a conversation about design, learning and play with Videaux-Martinex and Jeff Watson in the SCI Think Tank on February 26 at 5:30PM to kick off a new semester of Playthink!

Tracy Fullerton