Game Design Lab

STAR Game Design Lab

Our state-of-the-art multimedia computer and equipment checkout facility provides Mason students, faculty, and staff the space and resources to complete creative projects. STAR Lab offers 18 Mac stations and 15 PC stations equipped with specialized video and film, multimedia, and game design software. This facility also has a variety of video production equipment available for checkout, as well as a video production studio. Student mentors with specialized knowledge of operating systems and applications are on hand to assist with troubleshooting.

Computer Stations

Game Design Lab in the STAR Lab is equipped with three powerful PC and two Mac stations with specialized game design software. Also included in the lab are  flat screen monitors and white board walls to allow students to storyboard, design, and test their projects. Each computer is equipped with a tablet device, as well as top of the line game design software.

Game PCs – 3 workstations:

  • Adobe Master CC
  • AutoDesk Suite
  • Blender
  • NVU
  • Audacity
  • QuickTime Pro
  • Unity
  • Unreal
  • Makerbot
  • JEdit
  • Java (JRE)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio

Game Macs – 2 workstations:

  • Adobe Master CC
  • AutoDesk Maya
  • NVU
  • Audacity
  • QuickTime Pro
  • Unity
  • Unreal
  • Makerbot

STAR Lab Policies

  • All students, faculty, and staff can use the lab and checkout basic video production equipment; some specialized equipment may require more authorizations.
  • While reservations are not required, please be aware that during peak seasons or when time is critical to the completion of your project, you should plan accordingly by reserving the equipment you need.
  • Computer stations are reserved in three-hour time slots while equipment may be checked out for up to six hours per day by students, staff, and faculty.
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late your appointment will be forfeited.
  • Borrowers accept responsibility for safe, timely, clean and undamaged return of the equipment they have checked out. They will also be responsible for the replacement and/or repair of damaged equipment.
  • Borrowers will be charged of a late fee of $5.00/hour for delinquent equipment, as well as an additional $5.00 for each instance the equipment has been kept overnight without prior authorization. Unpaid fines will result in a hold on the borrower’s academic records and/or university account. Account holds preclude students from registering for classes or graduating.
  • Failure to return equipment may result in action by the Dean of Students or the University Police. Borrowers will be responsible for any legal fees and costs associated with such action.
  • George Mason University’s policy on Responsible Use of Computing.

How to Get this Service

  • To reserve equipment, click here and log-in with your Mason credentials (NetID).
  • Please bring your university-issued ID as proof of university affiliation.
  • There is no charge for this service.


Fall and Spring

Monday thru Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Semester Breaks

Monday thru Friday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

STAR Lab will not be open during Spring Break and Winter Holidays.

Getting Help

The STAR Lab is located on the second floor of the Johnson Center, Room 229. For more information or to make a reservation, call 703-993-8990 or click here.