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Game created at School of Cinematic Arts earns cred

Games and music come together online in Cred.fm, a Facebook game that lets people discover great tunes, meet interesting people and earn bragging rights as a music tastemaker. The game was created by USC School of Cinematic Arts research associate professor Chris Swain and spun off as a startup company.

“It’s a way of finding great music that you wouldn’t have found otherwise,” Swain said. “It allows people who play the game well to be recognized for their taste.”

Among its perks, Cred.fm allows its users to discover new music and join online parties. It also gives users an opportunity to earn higher Cred scores and recommend bands to their followers. As a result, the effort put into seeking new bands can be recognized and rewarded, all through the convenience of a social networking site.

“We know that game mechanics are very engaging,” Swain said. “We know that people are passionate about music. [The game] essentially expands who the engaged people are in the social network.”

To jump into the world of music networking or for more information, visit www.cred.fm

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