How do you make ‘serious games’ fun?

How do you make ‘serious games’ fun?

Professor Nam Sang, a professor at George Mason University, shared his thoughts on serious games via web media briefing on Wednesday. Professor Nam Sang has developed various serious games with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Office of Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management (OSHA).

Serious games generally refer to games with a purpose that can contribute to society rather than entertainment. Professor Nam said that serious games should also be fun, adding that he added a competitive element through social media. He also discussed the production of games related to COVID-19, which is currently a global trend. Professor Nam also introduced his department, encouraging Korean students to rise up to the challenge of producing serious games. George Mason University's Computer Game Design Program is part of the College of Arts, not the engineering department.

The curriculum focuses on the artistic elements of computer game design, along with the understanding of the technological realm and the evolving media in the field of computer games. In particular, George Mason University Korea, located in the Incheon Global Campus, offers the same program as the U.S. campus.

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