Developer BiographyTracy Fullerton, M.F.A., is a game designer, educator and writer with fifteen years of professional experience. She is currently a Professor in the Interactive Media & Games Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she serves as Director of the Game Innovation Lab (http://www.gameinnovationlab.com) and directs the cross-campus USC Games Program (http://games.usc.edu). Tracy is the author of Game Design Workshop: Designing, Prototyping and Playtesting Games, a design textbook in use at game programs worldwide (http://www.gamedesignworkshop.com). Credits include faculty advisor for the award-winning student game Cloud, and game designer for The Night Journey a unique game/art project with media artist Bill Viola as well as designer/director of Walden, a game, which was awarded Game of the Year and Most Significant Impact at the 2017 Games for Change Festival and Developers Choice at the 2017 IndieCade Festival.
Prior to joining the USC faculty, she was president and founder of the interactive television game developer, Spiderdance, Inc. Spiderdance’s games included NBC’s Weakest Link, MTV’s webRIOT, The WB’s No Boundaries, History Channel’s History IQ, Sony Game Show Network’s Inquizition and TBS’s Cyber Bond. Before starting Spiderdance, Tracy was a founding member of the New York design firm R/GA Interactive. As a producer and creative director she created games and interactive products for clients including Sony, Intel, Microsoft, AdAge, Ticketmaster, Compaq, and Warner Bros. among many others. Notable projects include Sony’s Multiplayer Jeopardy! and Multiplayer Wheel of Fortune and MSN’s NetWits, the first multiplayer casual game. Additionally, Tracy was Creative Director at the interactive film studio Interfilm, where she wrote and co-directed the “cinematic game” Ride for Your Life, starring Adam West and Matthew Lillard. She began her career as a designer at Bob Abel’s company Synapse, where she worked on the interactive documentary Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond and other early interactive projects.
Tracy’s work has received numerous industry honors including an Emmy nomination for interactive television, best Family/Board Game from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, ID Magazine’s Interactive Design Review, Communication Arts Interactive Design Annual, several New Media Invision awards, iMix Best of Show, the Digital Coast Innovation Award, IBC’s Nombre D’Or, Time Magazine’s Best of the Web, Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100, IndieCade's Trailblazer Award, Games for Change Game Changer Award, Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award, and Los Angeles Magazine's Woman of the Year.
Contributed by Tracy Fullerton (97) on Dec 27, 2006. [revised by : Tracy Fullerton (97)].