Calling all gamers and gaming enthusiasts! Organized by Student Involvement, The Center for the Arts, Computer Game Design Department, in collaboration with Game Analysis Design Interest Group (GADIG), GMU Esports, GMU Anime and Gaming Society, and the GMU Voice Acting Club, GAMEmason (Gaming, Appearances, Meet and Greets and Experiences) will be an engaging all-day gaming convention Friday, April 5. Pre-Registration starts 11:15 a.m. and the Concert Hall doors open 11:30 a.m.

Battle against friends in an ultimate Super Smash Bros. tournament, relive childhood fun with an arcade game, attend panels, Q&A’s, and meet and greets with major power players in the gaming industry. Mason students will also have the opportunity to network with outside gaming affiliates, speak with Mason professors in game design, enjoy plenty of swag, or watch the Virginia Community Overwatch Invitational finals from 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event also includes bring your-own communal gameplay opportunities in the Musical Theater Building and food trucks throughout the day. No matter the interest or genre, there will be something for everyone.

Special Guests and Appearances

David Hayter

Born in Santa Monica, California, David Hayter spent the first eighteen years of his life traveling the world while picking up the Japanese and French languages. After graduating from high school in Kobe, Japan, Hayter went on to study theatre at the prestigious Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.

A seminal figure in the 21st century wave of comic-book cinema, David Hayter’s films have amassed over one billion dollars in Worldwide Box Office. His screenwriting credits include the feature films, “X-Men”, “The Scorpion King” and “X2 : X-Men United”. He also penned the script “Watchmen”, directed by Zack Snyder for Warner Bros. Studios.

As a producer, he created the film “Burn” with Bryan Singer, and the pilot episode of “Lost in Oz, for Warner Bros. Television.

As an actor, his credits include the lead in the sci-fi film “Guyver: Dark Hero”, the voice of Captain America on the “Spiderman” animated series as well as a decade-long stint in the role of Solid Snake in the hugely popular ”Metal Gear Solid” video game franchise.

John Romero

John Romero is an award-winning game development icon whose work spans over 130 games, 108 of which have been published commercially. Romero is the “father of first person shooters” having led the design and contributed to the programming and audio design of the iconic and genre-defining games DOOM, Quake, Heretic and Hexen. Romero is also one of the earliest supporters of eSports and a current competitive DOOM and Quake player. To date, Romero has co-founded eight successful game companies including the likes of id Software. He is considered to be among the world’s top game designers, and his products have won well over 100 awards. Romero most recently won a Lifetime Achievement award at the Fun & Serious Games Festival in Bilbao and the Legend Award at 2017’s Develop: Brighton. One of the earliest indie developers, Romero began working in the game space in 1979 on mainframes before moving to the Apple II in 1981. He is a completely self-taught programmer, designer and artist, having drawn his inspirations from early Apple II programmers.

 

Tickets and Registration
General Admission
Your General Admission GAMEmason silicone wristband will give access to lobby areas for merch and arcade games, the music theater building for individual gaming rooms, CFA concert hall for tournaments and talks, and Grand Tier III for educational sessions.
Mason students may pick up a FREE General Admission ticket in person at the CFA box office, or in the Student Involvement offices in Hub 2300.
Non-Mason participants may purchase a General Admission ticket for $20.
VIP Access
VIP Access provides general admission plus access to Grand Tier II, which includes light refreshments throughout the day, meet and greets with photo opportunities and signings with special guests John Romero and David Hayter, as well as VIP seating in the CFA concert hall, commemorative ID badge, a free GAMEmason t-shirt, drawsting bag, and lanyard.
Mason students may purchase their VIP Access ticket online, or in person at the CFA box office, or in the Student Involvement offices in Hub 2300.  VIP Access for Mason students is $20.
Non-Mason participants may purchase a VIP Access ticket online, or in person at the CFA box office.
VIP Access for non-Mason participants is $40.
GAMEmason is advised for participants ages 18 and older and will include content rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

Purchase tickets online

Ed Sessions

GAMEmason Grand Tier III Sessions

12:30-1:00 – Current and Future Trends of Augmented and Virtual Reality

Prof. Sang Nam, Director of Computer Game Design Program at George Mason University, will demonstrate how game technologies has been utilized in various AR/VR projects and showcase real-world projects from Virginia Serious Game Institute and Computer Game Design Program, George Mason University.

1:15-1:45   – Storytelling Through Animation

Eric Piccione, Assistant Professor, Game Design

This topic explores the role of animation in communicating thoughts, emotions and intentions through non-verbal storytelling and how it relates to game design.

2:00-2:30 – Game Dev Diary

Greg Grimsby, Assistant Professor of Game Art and Animation

You play games, but what it’s like to make games? A 20-year veteran of game development shares anecdotes and harrowing stories about life as a game developer. You’ll hear about nerf-gun fights, crunch-time, mountain dew collections, meat-men, and the power of the dry-erase board. Your view of games will be forever changed.

2:45-3:15 – Games and Japan

Dr. Kathryn Hemmann, Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages, Rob Dieterich, Assistant Professor, Computer Game Design

Dr. Hemmann and Professor Deiterich will discuss the cross-section of video games, Japanese culture, and work in the Japanese games industry.

3:30-4:00 –Game Storytelling: What You Know and What You Should

Seth Hudson, Assistant Professor of Game Writing

Story is an undeniable force in video games in terms of critical reception, player engagement, and sales, but the role(s) of storytellers in the industry are largely hidden to the player.  Learn the vital factors in creating a strong game narrative and how you can start creating now.

4:15-4:45 – Mobile Music Tools

Matt Nolan, Assistant Professor, Game Audio

The exploration of mobile apps used for music and sound production in game design.

5:00 -5:30 – All About Game Jams

Chris Otey, President, Game Analysis Design Interest Group,  Kate Himler, President Voice Acting Club.   GADIG and VAC  members will talk about planning a Game Jam, what goes on at a Game Jam, and show some results from recent Mason Game Jams.

Gameplay Rooms

As part of GAMEmason, we’re excited to announce that we will be designating several rooms in the Music-Theater Building (MTB) to be LAN-party-style communal gameplay rooms! Students are encouraged to bring their laptops or consoles to the event, and set them up in one of the designated rooms so that they can play with the other students there! Some of the genres we will be dedicating rooms for are:

Action Games: Enjoy both competitive and casual gameplay in FPS/TPS games across a variety of genres, from team-based titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, to battle-royale games like Apex Legends and Fortnite.

Strategy and MOBA Games: Take to the virtual battlefield in major titles such as League of Legends or DOTA 2, or command an army of your design in titles like Starcraft 2!

Fighting Games: Assert your dominance against other players in Mortal Combat, Street Fighter, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, and more at our Fighting Game room!

Open Play: There will also be plenty of space for games falling outside of these categories, such as the wildly popular Rocket League, or just classic tabletop board games. If you have a game you want to play with others, you can find a place to do it here!

Please note that participants will still need to acquire tickets to the GAMEmason event before entering these rooms. Those tickets are available for free at the CFA for all Mason students. Please also note that the only resources provided by GMU for these rooms will be power and wireless internet, so individuals must bring any and all necessary equipment for gameplay, including TV’s, cables, controllers, etc. Personal hardware is brought at your own risk, George Mason University is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged property.

While we will not be providing any games ourselves, many of the most popular games in the world right now are free-to-play, meaning anyone can download them for free to be able to participate in these rooms! Some free-to-play titles that we expect to be popular at the event are:

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Apex Legends
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2)
  • Starcraft 2
  • Hearthstone
Partner Organizations
George Mason University: Student Involvement

Student Involvement

Student Involvement encourages students and staff to think creatively. We want everyone to contribute ideas and think of new ways they may enhance campus and their experience at Mason. We offer opportunities to put your ideas into action, learn from hands-on experiences, meet new people, develop life-long friendships and gain skills that will help you be ready for wherever your future takes you!

The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), whose mission is to make the arts an intrinsic part of the lives of every George Mason University student and area resident. The Great Performances at Mason season is integral to the College’s mission, providing a diverse program of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the entire University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area.

The College’s professional presenting division plays an important role in enriching the academic programs across the University through performances that examine important issues and bring global cultures to Mason. Each year, CVPA students have opportunities to interact with artists from the Great Performances at Mason season through master classes and residencies. Through the Free Tickets for Mason Students program, all Mason students are invited to experience the many inspiring performances at the Center.

Computer Game Design

The 120 credit Computer Game Design program enables students to focus on the artistic components of computer game design while providing them with the technical skills prerequisite to the field. Required courses include computer science, art and visual technology, music, the humanities, and computer game design. The required internship provides students with practical experience that enhances their employability postgraduation. Students study both the sciences and the arts, all in a revolving-role team-based, project-based new pedagogical environment. The GMU Computer Game Design program hosts the only U.S. Serious Game Institute (in partnership with the University of Coventry U.K.), that concentrates on game-related applied research and new innovative game company cultivation.

Game Analysis Design Interest Group

We make games. Welcome to the Game Analysis Design Interest Group at GMU! We are a club dedicated to making games on a professional level. Our goal is to simulate working in a studio environment with a large team of 30+ people. At the end of every semester members can pitch game ideas to the club to be selected for the upcoming semester!

We also have guest speakers from big name studios like Bethesda and Firaxis. If you want to work with an amazing team and are passionate about video games, GADIG is the club for you.

GMU Esports

GMU Esports aims to promote video games and competition through social, competitive, and intercollegiate play. We are a student club that organizes tournaments and social events to bring gamers together. You can find our Discord server link as well as a list of upcoming events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gmuesports/

GMU Anime and Gaming Society

The GMU Anime and Gaming Society brings those with a passion for anime and video games together every week for communal anime watching, engaging conversation, and fun with friends! It is THE place on campus for anime fans and gamers of all backgrounds!

For any additional information on the club, or for any questions you may have, feel free to contact Sami Saab (ssaab2@masonlive.gmu.edu).

GMU Voice Acting Club

VCOI Finals

Virginia Community Overwatch Invitational

George Mason University Overwatch is proud to announce the Virginia College Overwatch Invitational! The VCOI is a statewide Overwatch tournament featuring teams representing Virginia’s colleges and universities.

The tournament will be held in two parts. The first will be held online in a Swiss style format, with the winner of each game being determined by the best of 3 maps. Performance in this stage will decide the 6 participants for the second part, the playoff stage, which will be held in a single elimination, bracket style format. Top two seeds from the swiss stage will receive first round bye in playoffs. The playoffs will also take place online, with the exception of the third place match and grand final match, which will take place in a LAN event at GAMEmason. Winners of games in the playoff stage will be determined by best of 5 maps, with the exception of the third place match, which will be best of 3. The prize pool is currently $300 for the first-place winner. The tournament begins Saturday, March 2, 2019 and match times are 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm every Saturday. Matches will be streamed on GMU Overwatch’s official Twitch channel: twitch.tv/gmuoverwatch

Follow GMU Overwatch on Twitter to follow along with the tournament and stay up-to-date on information and announcements:

@GMUOverwatch

Schools Participating:

George Mason University

James Madison University

Old Dominion University

Radford University

Shenandoah University

Virginia Tech

Super Smash Bros. Battle

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Crew Battle

George Mason University Smash Bros. will be holding a 5v5 crew battle on stage from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The crew battle will feature 10 of GMU’s best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players paired up into two teams where they will face off. Each team member will have three stocks for a total of 15 stocks per team. Players from each team will take turns playing in 1v1 matches until one player takes all three of the opposing team player’s stocks. The winner will then take their remaining stocks into the next match. Once a crew completely runs out of stocks, the other crew is declared victorious.

The 10 players participating in the crew battle will be picked from the highest ranking GMU students at our weekly Friday Smash events in the HUB. Come out and try your best to earn your spot on one of the crews! You can find more information about our weekly events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GMUSmash/

The crew battle as well as GMU’s Smash weeklies will be streamed on our Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/gmusmash

Vendors and Sponsors

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Contact Lauren Long to become a vendor or sponsor at GAMEmason! Email llong3@gmu.edu.

Tech Time Gaming was founded in 2017 by Steve Theobald, a guy who grew up playing Atari in the 80s but who remains a big kid at heart.  We created a sleek, modern, clean and welcoming space that caters to casual and serious gamers alike.  Our staff includes friendly and knowledgeable gaming enthusiasts.

We partnered with E-Blue, a leading Hong Kong-based maker of gaming gear and owner of LAN centers to bring you a state of the art environment for esports. Tech Time Gaming is like nothing else in the Washington DC area.  We are conveniently located just off Jeff Davis Highway in Woodbridge.

Press Inquiries

For press inquiries, please contact Kirstin Franko kfranko@gmu.edu or Tionge Johnson tjohns65@gmu.edu. Click here for the GAMEmason press release.  

Contact Us

For more information about GAMEmason:

sa@gmu.edu

703-993-2909

 

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