Chris Swain

My blogs

About me

Gender MALE
Occupation game designer and professor
Location Los Angeles, CA, United States
Introduction Chris Swain is a game designer, educator, and co-author of the textbook Game Design Workshop. Chris co-directs the EA Game Innovation Lab at USC and he’s an assistant professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His lab projects include: • The Redistricting Game – funded by the Annenberg Center for Communication • Immune Attack – funded by NSF and created in collaboration with Brown University and the Federation of American Scientists. • The New New Deal – funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and produced in collaboration with the LA Times. • ELECT-BiLat – funded by the US Army and produced for USC ICT. Prior to coming to USC Chris was a founding member of the New York design firm R/GA Interactive. At R/GA he lead over 150 interactive products for clients that include Microsoft, Sony, Disney, Activision, America Online, Warner Brothers, PBS, Intel, Children’s Television Workshop, and many others. Chris was a co-founder of the technology start-up Spiderdance, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy’s) from 2000-2004. He started his career at the pioneering interactive firm Synapse Technologies.
Interests game design, system design, interface design, game innovation, games and academia
Favorite Movies Games - not movies: Wii Sports, Shadow of the Collossus, Smashcourt Tennis 2, Electroplankton, WarioWare Inc., Battlefield 2, Peacemaker, Warcraft 2, Asteroids, LocoRoco, Bomberman, Worms, Guitar Hero, The Sims 2, Zelda Twilight Princess
Favorite Music board games - not music: Carcassonne, You're Bluffing, Shadows Over Camelot, Scotland Yard, Modern Art, Acquire, Union Pacific
Favorite Books Game Design Workshop, Rules of Play, A Theory of Fun, Medici Effect, Art of Innovation, Made to Stick, Tipping Point, What Videogames Have to Teach Us About Literacy and Learning