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.