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#TakeThisStream Happening December 28th @ 7pm PT

The holidays can be a really amazing time of year, or for some people, can be really challenging. It is dangerous to go alone, so Take This is here to help 🙂

John Drake and I will be streaming video games along with many other video game personalities to raise money for Take This.

What is it?

Take This will be streaming for the second year this holiday season. Starting December 28th at 12PM Eastern and ending December 29th at 11:59PM Eastern anyone can join Take This’ It’s Dangerous to Stream Alone fundraiser.

What’s it for?

This year’s fundraiser will help fund a new project for Take This: The Take This Scholarship Fund, helping people who can’t afford it pay for mental health care. Take This believes that people in need of mental health care should not have to go alone. The Take This Scholarship Fund will seek to provide grants in the amount of one year of mental health treatment to qualifying applicants.

How do I donate?

Visit my Twitch profile at here!

Or click on this photo:

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Xbox, iam8bit and San Diego Comic-Con 2015!

I had the honor of working with the creative team behind iam8bit to make content for Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con 2015! I went to the Game of Thrones Experience, played real-life PvP in the Halo 5: Guardians Breakout Arena, and got to meet the casts of several upcoming TV series and movies! Basically, it was THE BEST!!!

 

Gaming for a good cause: 4th Annual 8-Bit Salute

—> #8BitSalute DONATE HERE! <—

UPDATE:  My friends at LogitechG have graciously donated 2 Logitech G710+ keyboards and 2 Logitech G502 mice for me to giveaway! WOOO! Yeah you know your keyboard needs an upgrade! Donate $10 or more for your chance to win these awesome guys! Plus I have lots of Xbox One digital game codes I’ll be giving away during my stream!

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May is Military Appreciation Month and this coming Saturday May 16th is Armed Forces Day. That means 8-Bit Salute! I am participating this year with GameTrailers to support Operation Supply Drop.

DONATE HERE!

Regardless of your politics, we all need to support the men and women who put their life on the line to protect us everyday. Operation Supply Drop supports US and NATO troops around the world by sending them video game care packages. But they can’t do it without our help!

I’ll be livestreaming at 10:00 am PT on Twitch.tv/GameTrailers to get our fundraising efforts off and running! Our team goal is to raise $5,000 for OSD. If you donate $5 or more you’ll be automatically entered in our video game giveaway! If you donate $25 or more, you’ll be entered to win a 3-pack of games!*

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I’ve got a pile of PS4 and PS3 games including: Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mortal Kombat X, Far Cry 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, The Evil Within, The Last of Us, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and SO MANY MORE!! You got to DONATE for your chance to win. Also do it for the troops!!

Thanks for all your support and you can learn more about Operation Supply Drop here.

*To be eligible to win the PS4 or PS3 games you must not make your donation anonymously and you must live in the contiguous United States.

 

 

 

Check out the new home of my show: GT News!

Hi everyone! You may have noticed my show has been offline for a few weeks, but that was just because we were getting ready for its new home! GameTrailers.com and The Escapist teamed up to create GT News on YouTube, the new home of my show of the same name, Editorial Reports, GT Reviews, and more! Please subscribe if you haven’t already and thanks for all your continued support!

Catch me on GameStop TV!

Today, you can walk in to almost any GameStop location across the U.S. (there are over 4,000!) and see me co-hosting GameStop TV! I’m super excited to be part of the GameStop team and look forward to bring you guys information about the biggest games coming out every year.

I love video games and have many memories buying games at GameStop growing up, so this is very big honor for me. Big thank you to the team at GameStop for giving me a chance to talk about what I love, and I look forward to lots of great episodes 🙂

Sunset Overdrive: “Tony Hawk with Guns”

There have been many takes on the Apocalypse and equally as many on the post-Apocalypse. Quite frankly, I’m getting tired of it. How many times can I run across a barren wasteland, shoot zombies, or scavenge for items? Good thing the folks at Insomniac Games feel the same way, despite having their own Resistance version of the end times. What they’ve done inSunset Overdrive with its “Awesomepocalypse” is surprisingly refreshing

Read more here!

Watch new gameplay and learn more about Sunset Overdrive:

Come see me at PAX East!

The 2014 Penny Arcade Expo East is almost upon us! One of the few major conventions on the East Coast, PAX in Boston always brings out amazing cosplayers, intriguing indie games, and interesting panels. I am excited to once again be covering for The Escapist and you’ll be able to see my videos on the Escapist News channel and over at EscapistMagazine.com, but you can also see me in person! If you will be attending the convention I will be speaking on a few panels and provided you with the details here:

Friday April 11th, 2014

PANEL: What You can Do to End Bile and Hatred in Games Culture

Where: Albatross Theatre 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

People from every race, religion, gender and sexuality play games. It is in many ways the most universal pastime of human culture, other than eating and sleeping. Why, then, has the culture surrounding video games in particular become so vitriolic? Why is such a beautiful medium marred by hatred? We’ll investigate the possible source of the bile in this panel, but more importantly we’ll talk about how to limit it in your own experiences. It’s not possible to just put your head in the sand and “don’t read the comments” anymore. We can change the discussion. We can do our part to limit anger, resentment, racism, homo- and transphobia, as well as sexism in gaming culture. Here’s how.

PANELISTS:

Greg Tito [Editor in Chief, The Escapist], Bob Chipman [Video Contributor, The Escapist], Evan Narcisse [Editor, Kotaku], Janelle Bonanno [Editor in Chief, GameFront], Andrew Yoon [Editor in Chief, Shack News], Andrea Rene [Escapist News Now, The Escapist], Andre Meadows [Black Nerd]

PANEL: IGN Game Scoop! Live Podcast

Where: Albatross Theatre 10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Join IGN editors (and The Escapist’s Andrea) as they discuss the latest and greatest video game news. Get your questions answered about the PS4, Xbox One, and the Gameboy Color. There will be yelling. (It’ll probably be Greg.)

PANELISTS:

Greg Miller [Host, The Loudmouth, IGN], Daemon Hatfield [Host, The Beauty, IGN], Mitch Dyer [Editor, The Canadian, IGN], Marty Sliva [Editor, The Beard, IGN], Andrea Rene [Host, The Smart One, The Escapist]

Saturday April 12th, 2014

PANEL: Console Launches: A Post Mortem

Where: Condor Theatre, 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

A lighthearted look at the release of the next generation of consoles from the folks that were on the front line.

PANELISTS:

Kevin Dent [CEO, Tiswaz Entertainment], Andrea Rene [Senior Producer, The Escapist], Aubrey Norris [Director of PR and Marketing, Deep Silver], Larry Hryb/Major Nelson [Channel Director, Xbox]

 

Sunday April 13th, 2014

PANEL: Royal Rumble on the N64! 30 Players Live!

Where: Albatross Theatre 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Retro gaming throwback? An argument for the efficacy of local multiplayer? Or just an excuse to get 30 of the coolest people we know in one room to play a wrestling game and yell at each other? No matter how you slice it, it’s a live play through of the Royal Rumble in a classic THQ game on Nintendo 64. There will be thrills. There will be chills. There will be spills. Come cheer for the faces, boo the heels, and marvel at the 15+ unannounced special guests. LIVE, only at PAX East.

PANELISTS:

Aaron Trites [Harmonix], Eric Pope [Harmonix], Abbie Heppe [Respawn Entertainment], Alex Navarro [Giant Bomb], Andrea Rene [The Escapist], Bobby Loertscher [Zen Studios], Dave Lang [Iron Galaxy Studios], Eric Neustadter [Xbox], Jeff Gerstmann [Giant Bomb], Jeff Green [AARP], John Drake [Harmonix], Nick Chester [Harmonix], Pat Baer [Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre], Phil Tibitoski [Young Horses], Rich Gallup [Disruptor Beam], Jon Carnage [Twitch], Sean Baptiste [Fire Hose Games], 15 Special Guests TBA

If you will be at PAX in Boston come by and say hi! If you see me on the show floor let’s high five or fist bump! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for lots of shenanigans @andrearene

Game Developer’s Conference 2014

The annual Game Developer’s Conference wrapped up last week and I’ve got a few videos to share with you! Check out my coverage, including more pieces going live this week on Escapist News.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gameplay Preview:

I sat down with Thomas Wilson, the Creative Director of Beenox’s upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” He discussed all the new gameplay improvements in the sequel and what they wanted to do differently with the game.

 

Alien: Isolation Gameplay Preview:

I spoke with Design Lead from Creative Assembly about their upcoming game Alien: Isolation. The game features Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda Ripley and is a survival horror coming sometime in Fall 2014.

 

Fantasia: Music Evolved Multiplayer Walkthrough:

I visited the Harmonix team at GDC 2014 to check out the multiplayer mode of Fantasia: Music Evolved. She played in mulitplayer mode with Lead Designer Jonathan Mintz on the classic “Night on Bald Mountain.”