The History of Video Games in Southern California


Gamers from around world are gathering in Los Angeles this week for the 25th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3) to show off and try out new video games and electronics that will soon be released.

Alex Cohen talks to Danny Bilson, Chair of the Interactive Media and Games Division at University of Southern California (USC) about the history of video games and the role that Southern California plays in the industry.

“There was a move to L.A., we have to have a major presence in L.A., because that’s where all the talent is. Now, what we’re talking about is what we would call linear talent or film talent, or story people, but games require actors, camera knowledge, lighting knowledge, and story knowledge … and writer-designers. It’s very different in games than it is from just writing traditional media.”



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