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Saturday, October 7 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Different Drummers: How to Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams

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More than a decade ago, game designer Tracy Fullerton started working on what has been called “the world’s most improbable video game.” Starting with a tiny team and no funding, Fullerton began creating “Walden, a game” with only the inkling of an idea: that Henry David Thoreau’s famous experiment in living simply in nature felt like a game, albeit an unusual one. Through the excitement of early design and the difficult discipline of carving time out of busy schedules to continue working without real resources; through critical illness, death, depression, marriages, births, economic ups and downs, and serendipitous meetings, Fullerton talks about the true toll that following your dream of making different games can take, and why, in the end, it may all be worth it.

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Tracy Fullerton

Tracy Fullerton, M.F.A., is an experimental game designer, professor and director of the USC Game Innovation Lab, a research center that has produced several influential independent games, including Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, and The Night Journey, with artist Bill Viola. She is... Read More →

Saturday October 7, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
((ANNEX)) Democracy Forum Theater