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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!

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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

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Mario Kart 8 New Gameplay Details

Today Nintendo showed a new gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated Mario Kart 8 for Wii U.

 

The long running kart racing franchise will see lots of familiar faces on the track, including Metal Mario, Shy Guy, and all seven of Bowser’s Koopalings who will be playable for the very first time. There are also previously announced favorites like Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and the other usual Mario suspects.

You’ll get to try them out on remixed classic course like Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii, Toad’s Turnpike from Mario Kart 64, and even Donut Plains from Super Mario Kart. There will be a total of 16 remixed courses and 16 new courses, including the amazing Rainbow Road.

There will be special objects in each course that showcase new gameplay mechanics such as anti-gravity, which allows racers to drive upside down or up vertical surfaces. Hang glider, motorbikes, and underwater racing is back, along with a new spin boost that Nintendo thinks makes racing “even more exhilarating.”

But it wouldn’t be Mario Kart without the items right? The famous Piranha Plant can now be attached to the front of your kart and will chomp at other players, or even eat fallen banana peels or shells. Plus with each bite you get a boost of speed. There is also the Boomerang Flower that allows you to stun players with a boomerang which can hit multiple players. You can throw it 3 times forwards or backwards.

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Uncharted Director Join Star Wars Project

Former “Uncharted” Creative Director Amy Hennig announced she is going to Electronic Arts. More specifically, she will be working with the Visceral Games team on an upcoming Star Wars project.

Hennig calls herself a “huge Star Wars fan” and said on Twitter that, “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the Star Wars universe, after it’s had such a formative influence on my life.”

She also previously worked at EA, albeit over 20 years ago, but she said she is “very excited to be working alongside [my] old friend Steve Papoutsis again,” who is the General Manager of Visceral Games.

 

My New Job With Alloy Digital

Hello everyone!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you probably have already heard that I have joined the team at Alloy Digital. You can learn all about them here by checking out their website http://www.alloydigital.com or by reading this great article: http://betabeat.com/2013/03/alloy-digital-smosh-youtube-ian-anthony-clevver-alloy-entertainment-pretty-little-liars/

Many of you have asked when I’m going to have my own show again and I’m proud to say that time is rapidly approaching! Starting in early April I will be taking over “Escapist News Now” on the The Escapist Magazine YouTube channel. I will also be making appearances on my former channel Clevver Games, as well making an occasional appearance on breakaway success Smosh Games.

Please subscribe to all 3 if you haven’t already!!

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I will be doing all kinds of content on video games and I want to hear what you guys want to see! This is important because I will also be starting a new channel just for me! You’ll be able to find vlogs, let’s plays, and commentary videos there. So Tweet at me @andrearene, post on my Facebook fanpage, or comment on this post to let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for all your support and I look forward to making lots more posts in 2013!