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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
January 28, 2005

Carnegie Mellon vs. University of Southern California in Online Gaming Tournament, Friday, February 4

PITTSBURGH—Students from Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) have accepted the University of Southern California's (USC) challenge to a bicoastal online gaming tournament. The tournament will take place on the campuses of Carnegie Mellon and USC beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 4. Three students from each university will compete and be scored in three rounds testing players' comprehensive skills in five major game categories. The tournament games include:

  • "Literati," a word game played through Yahoo Games;
  • "Burnout 3," a driving game played through X-Box Live;
  • "Carcassonne," a strategy game played though Brettspeilwelt;
  • "Set," a puzzle game played through www.sparkyb.net/set; and
  • "Halo 2," a shooting game played through X-Box Live.

    Each game is worth one victory point; the university with the most victory points wins the tournament. Victory points will be awarded based on the following results: "Literati," best of five games; "Burnout 3," best of nine races; "Carcassonne," best of five games; "Set," best of five games and "Halo 2," best of three games. The competition will be refereed by faculty advisors at both schools, who will communicate via phone. Student competitors may use AOL Instant Messenger to communicate with each other, though trash-talking will be penalized with a warning for the first offense and an automatic loss of the current game for the second offense. A live scoreboard will be updated throughout the tournament and can be viewed at http://gamedesign.iml.annenberg.edu/scoreboard.

    The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University offers an interdisciplinary master's program with the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and School of Computer Science (SCS). Although students come from both fine arts and technology backgrounds, they are not expected to master both fields. Instead, the program focuses on honing the students' existing skills and teaching them to work effectively with other professional groups. Carnegie Mellon is the only university to offer a Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) degree. For additional information about the ETC or MET degree, visit www.etc.cmu.edu.

    For more information, please contact at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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