Category Archives: Appearances

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 🙂

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

Xbox One: Thoughts about the Reveal

Unless you are living under a rock you heard about the reveal of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One. I am hesitant to call it a gaming console because during their reveal event, Microsoft focused on home entertainment as opposed to video games. This has quite a few fans up in arms over what we will truly be able to expect from the device. I spoke at length, on several different shows about my feelings about the new Xbox.

To say I don’t have an opinion, is pretty far off base. But if you are looking for me to drag Microsoft through the mud, best find yourself another blog to read or watch.

First, some details on the device:

GameTrailer’s Bonus Round:

The Bonus Round guests Andrea Rene, Garnett Lee, and Alex Abrecht along with host Geoff Keighley highlight the memorable moments and missteps of the Microsoft Press Conference.

 

Smosh Games Gamer Nation:

I join Lasercorn, The Jovenshire, and Sohinki talking about Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal:

Weekend Confirmed:

Jeff Cannata is a man on an island (a Hawaiian one, that is), which leaves host Garnett Lee to captain the S.S. Weekend Confirmed alone. He’s joined this week by his hardened crew of “Indie” Jeff Mattas, the Escapist’s Andrea Rene, and Double Jump’s Christian Spicer. Their destination: The fabled isle of Xbox One. The team discusses Tuesday’s reveal event, what we know about the new console, and dive into the pile of unknowns and what-if’s. After discussing the hardware, features, and rumors, everyone discusses reader reaction and how the Xbox One will fare against stiff competition from Sony and Nintendo. The show ends with some non-Xbox related Finishing Moves.

 

The bottom line: We won’t know the full picture on Xbox One or PS4 until after E3.

Be sure to subscribe to my new show on The Escapist for all my E3 coverage and for your chance to win a $100 GameStop gift card!

Weekend Confirmed 136 – Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Forza Horizon

See original post on Shacknews here.

Host Garnett Lee is back this week, with some disappointing revelations about Forza Horizon. But before that, Jeff Cannata “turns a corner” on the Wii U, talking up the possibilities of Nintendo TVii. Andrew Yoon rants about Medal of Honor: Warfighter, while special guest Andrea Rene gets passionate in this week’s Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 136: 10/26/2012

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here’s the timing for this week’s episode:

Show Breakdown:

Round 1, Part 1 – 00:00:27 – 00:15:44

Round 1, Part 2 – 00:16:12 – 00:29:53

Whatcha Been Playin Part 1 – 00:30:42 – 01:01:41

Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 – 01:02:47 – 01:31:45

Listener Feedback/Front Page News – 01:32:15 – 02:03:55

Tailgate – 02:04:31 – 02:14:24

Weekend Confirmed #130

Another month another episode of “Weekend Confirmed!”

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On the docket this week are a number of topics surrounding the recent Wii U launch announcements, including some debate about pricing, the strength of its launch title lineup, and who Nintendo is courting as the console’s core audience. Developer Klei’s Mark of the Ninja gets some universal admiration from the crew, as well. We pull everything together with some early impressions of Borderlands 2 and, of course, Finishing Moves.

I want to add that my early impressions of Borderlands 2 are just that, early impressions. After playing more and reflecting, there is MUCH more for me to say about the game and I intend to do so including boss fights, inventory management, and difficulty scaling…but that is for another time.

Catch the “Behind the Scenes” video here:

http://www.shacknews.com/article/75768/weekend-confirmed-130-wii-u-mark-of-the-ninja-borderlands

Assassin’s Creed panel at San Diego Comic-Con

In case you missed my constant tweets about this news, yesterday I hosted my first panel at San Diego Comic-Con! I’ve hosted panels and moderated before, but nothing can prepare you for the excitement that is working on a huge SDCC panel.

I was incredibly honored to be invited by Ubisoft to moderate their Assassin’s Creed III panel with Creative Director Alex Hutchinson. He, along with Gabriel Parent, demoed the “Boston” scene, previously shown behind-closed-doors at E3, for the first time to the public.

He spoke extensively about the development process for the game, what it means to have the time period set during the American Revolution, and what gameplay elements we can expect to see. He took questions from the audience, and spoke briefly about the upcoming PlayStation Vita game Assassin’s Creed Liberation. We also gave away 5 extremely limited edition ACIII posters signed by famed artists Alex Ross! Working with the Ubisoft team was fantastic and I hope to work with them again in the future!

Weekend Confirmed #120: Skyrim Dawnguard, Day-Z, Diablo III, and more!

Despite the summer’s dearth of new releases, the Weekend Confirmed crew get into some spirited discussions about Diablo 3’s questionable end-game, and what it’s like to be a vampire in Skyrim‘s new expansion, Dawnguard. Garnett, Jeff Cannata and Jeff Mattas,and regular guest Andrea Rene also delve into some talk about the Day-Z beta mod that brings hardcore zombie survival to ArmA 2, and opine a bit about ZombiU and Sim City Social as well. The eclectic mix of topics all wraps up with another batch of Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 120: 07/06/2012

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here’s the timing for this week’s episode:

Show Breakdown:

Round 1 00:00:30 – 00:28:15

Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:28:49 – 00:58:47

Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:59:43 – 01:29:24

Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:30:16 – 02:04:42

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Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest Album, The Wait is Over on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page orFacebook page, and follow him on twitter @delriomusic.

Del Rio’s next album, Club Tipsy, is also just a few days away from its July 10 release. Check out his official web page for more information.

Lollipop Chainsaw Ladies Live Stream!

Do you like ladies? Do you like zombies? Do you like to watch ladies killing zombies? Then be sure to watch the Machinima Live Stream on Tuesday June 12th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST where I will be joined by the lovely ladies of Machinima playing “Lollipop Chainsaw.”

We’ll be giving away lots of prizes, talking girls and zombies, and all around having a good time! Did I mention “Juliet Starling” cosplayer Jessica Nigiri will be there?

Watch here beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST Tuesday June 12th!