Dr. Seth Hudson

Assistant Professor of Game Writing for George Mason University

Dr. Seth Andrew Hudson serves George Mason University as Assistant Professor of Game Writing in the Computer Game Design program—he teaches Story Design for Computer Games, Criticism and Research Methods, and the History of Computer Games. Hudson’s scholarship has addressed topics including international humanitarian law in games; student identity in higher education; pedagogy in game writing; portfolio-focused curriculum development; and involving students undergraduate research. Past conference engagements include GDC, the American Society for International Law, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the East Coast Games Conference.

Talk Description:

The Evolution of Teamwork—Studying Student Dev Team Motivation
(Speaking with Julie Demyanovich)

This talk explores the psychological perspective of aspiring game designers learning to collaborate in preparation for the games industry. Framed by the speakers’ ongoing research regarding face-to-face and digital communication in collaborative game development, the talk discusses preliminary findings on student-developers’ mental attitudes, communication, personality characteristics, and team leadership and engagement. In addition to outlining their respective studies, the speakers discuss which of the evaluated factors had the greatest correlation with the success of games, team effectiveness, and student success.

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