Finding Levity for Serious Games

  • Date
    January 30, 2012
  • Time
    11:00 AM
  • Location
    600 Columbus Place, 6th Floor


In this talk, I describe my opinions and approaches to nonfiction narrative, not-too-serious games, and pensive play. In particular I will trace how and why I drew influences to make a documentary videogame about the CIA and Iran, and while doing so, consider a handful of directions for videogames. The Cat and the Coup is a videogame about the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran who was overthrown by a CIA-sponsored coup d’etat.

In addition I will talk about my experiences teaching game development at USC during the past 10 years – how indie games have changed game design curriculum for the better.

Brief Biography

Peter Brinson is a videogame developer, filmmaker and educator living in Los Angeles. His films and videogames have exhibited in numerous venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Independent Games Festival, Ars Electronica, Slamdance, Indiecade, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Games for Change, The Kitchen, and SIGGRAPH. He has been distributed by the Video Data Bank and Steam.

Brinson attended the University of North Carolina and the California Institute of the Arts and is an Instructor of Cinema Practice at the USC Interactive Media Division.