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Canadian Video Game Awards Moves to Toronto for 2014

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

July 11, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – Producers of the Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) announced today that the fifth edition will take place in April 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. This national award show celebrates excellence in Canadian-made video games and has been held in Vancouver for the past four years. At a launch reception held today at the Drake Hotel, organizers announced that the show would move east for the first time in 2014.

“This is a truly Canadian show, celebrating the exceptional talent in our country, and from the beginning we have said we would like to hold the CVAs in cities across Canada. We are excited to be in Toronto for the 2014 show,” said Gregory Spievak, CEO of Reboot Communications and co-founder of the Canadian Videogame Awards. “We have developed wonderful relationships with studios across the country and are delighted with the warm welcome Toronto has given us so far,” he added.
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CGW/GFW Radio Reunion #2 Panel Approved for PAX Prime 2013

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Confirmation has arrived that the CGW/GFW Radio Reunion — “CGW/GFW Radio “The Brodeo” Reunion #2: Even Eli Knows What That Means” — has been approved for PAX Prime taking place August 30 – September 2, 2013 in Seattle, WA!

Scheduled for Monday, September 2nd at 4:30pm in the Wolfman Theatre, the group hasn’t been in the same room recording a podcast since the reunion at PAX Prime ’09. See you there!

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ESRB Announces New Rating Service for Digitally Delivered Games

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has announced a new “Digital Rating Service” which looks to streamline some of the aspects of being rated by the ESRB. Parallel to this, the non-profit self-regulatory body for the video game industry has introduced some new information symbols. Pay attention, there’s a test later!

“Consumers have grown accustomed to using ESRB ratings when making decisions about the appropriateness of the games their families play. With the explosion of devices from which consumers can access games today, our goal is to ensure that those same tools are available everywhere games can be found,” said ESRB president Patricia Vance. “More recently, parents’ concerns have begun to extend beyond just content to include the sharing of their kids’ personal information or location and interactions with other players. ESRB’s Digital Rating Service now offers all digital platforms, storefronts and networks the opportunity to empower their customers with consistent, credible, familiar and useful upfront guidance no matter where their family chooses to play games.”

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NEOGEO X GOLD Entertainment System Announced

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Some news just comes out of the nowhere and this is one of those items.

Rather than make an announcement at E3 or PAX, and just slightly before Gamescon, Tommo Inc. and SNK Playmore “confirmed that the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system is scheduled for a worldwide release this December. Following the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking NEOGEO AES console, the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system provides players with all of the features of a home arcade and the convenience of a handheld gaming device. The NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system is set for a worldwide release on December 6, 2012 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 (USD).”

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The Armchair Empire Explodes into the Future!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, IF NOT SOONER 

THE ARMCHAIR EMPIRE EXPLODES INTO THE FUTURE

Move to blog format and expanded use of social networking and video content to bring “All Things Gaming” to the next level with “The Armchair Empire – Infinite” 

Vancouver, British Columbia — May 22, 2012 — The Armchair Empire is proud to announce its second evolutionary stage, nearly 12 years in the making, with the launch of The Armchair Empire – Infinite (ae-infinite.com).

“It has been more than a decade since The Armchair Empire launched and it was probably about time we made use of some of the dramatic changes in technology to make our own dramatic changes,” said co-founder and head writer Aaron Simmer. “With The Armchair Empire – Infinite we’ll be able to react faster to news, gets reviews posted sooner, and do a better job integrating video content and social networking nonsense, etc.”

“Mostly we took this step to make our lives at least 56% easier,” said co-founder and VP of Video Content, Jeff Nash. “It was time to go “blog out” with the Armchair Empire - Infinite, which features the same writers, the same level of insight of the regular Armchair Empire, but the articles can be presented much faster and possibly with more sparkles.”

The Armchair Empire (armchairempire.com) will remain a vast planetoid of gaming information, reviews, previews, features, interviews, and editorials of the last dozen years. The Armchair Empire – Infinite is essentially a satellite launched in the hopes of remaining relevant and possibly ride on the likely success of BioShock Infinite.

The Armchair Empire – Infinite is here: ae-infinite.com

AE’s Weekly Checkpoint #6

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Listen to Mr. Nash and Aaron talk about “Sony All Stars, Half Life 3, TES Online, the Rock Band iOS debacle, Xenoblade, The Walking Dead, Prototype 2, and a slew of other games.” Listen, won’t you?

Bring Larry Back: Kickstarter Campaign

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

With a little under two weeks and $112,408 remaining to reach the goal of $500,000 old school adventure fans should not hesitate a moment longer and take a minute or two to check out the details on the Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter Campaign.  While the focus is on remaking the original games, the long haul plan is ramping up to development of Larry 8!

Some additonal details:

“The team that created Leisure Suit Larry 1 has been reassembled to create a 2012 “Reloaded” version. Al Lowe, Josh Mandel, Sabine Duvall, and Leslie Balfour have teamed up with Replay Games to form what we call “The Dream Team” of adventure games. We’ll be making Leisure Suit Larry 1-7 and keeping you guys informed every step of the way. If this game is successful then we can bring you guys the rest of the Leisure Suit Larry games (and maybe even Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Case Of The Missing Floppies)!”

AE Update: YouTube, Propaganda Machine

Monday, March 26th, 2012

There has been much going on during the last few weeks at The Armchair Empire so be sure to take a few minutes to check out the latest from:

The Armchair Empire’s Propaganda Machine (blog):

“Draw Nothing”

Applause for Snake Eater

Mass Effect 3 – Report 3

YouTube Channel:

Who’s That Flying – Gameplay Impressions (PC)

The Weekly Checkpoint #1

Retro Review: Cannon Spike

AE’s YouTube Channel: Ninja Gaiden (NES)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Mr. Nash takes a look back at Ninja Gaiden for the venerable Nintendo Entertainment System:

Syd Bolton Completes N64 Game Collection

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Syd Bolton, writer for The Armchair Empire (among so many other things), put the finishing touches on his N64 game collection recently — 296 games, complete with original packaging! This comes on heels of his Playstation 2 game collection hitting 1,400 games.

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FreshGames Brings Sweet Taste of “Cake Pop Party” to iOS

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

The artists of innovation at FreshGames have changed the game again with their latest casual mobile release – Cake Pop Party for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

As the first “mess-free” Cake Pop designer app on iOS — and the first to provide global social features — Cake Pop Party sets the stage for players to enter the super-social Pop World, a global showcase of creative pop-making sure to inspire the entire family. Through the Pop World feature, everyone has an opportunity to earn special achievements for topping the weekly Pop World charts or being the daily Pop Star, along with having a chance to win real-world prizes for their designs.

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The Armchair Empire’s YouTube Channel

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Apparently for the last number of years there’s been this thing called YouTube. Well, The Armchair Empire is finally making some use of it with it’s own YouTube channel, which can be found right here: The Armchair Empire’s YouTube Channel.

Along with gameplay clips (with commentary) you never know what may appear! Check this look at “Insane 2.”

The Armchair Empire’s “Propaganda Machine” Blog Arrives

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I am pleased to announce that The Armchair Empire’s “Propaganda Machine” blog is now “live!” This is the official blog of co-founder and head writer Aaron Simmer and is described as “The mostly unexpurgated writing of a modest and unassuming guy that has been operating the Armchair Empire for the last 11+ years.”

Besides video games  and related detritus and effluvia, he writes about “The Importance of Coffee”, “The Curse of HTML (and Other Things)”, books, beer, why PC gaming is still preferred, and comments on projects he’s working on.

Check it right here: http://thearmchairempirespropagandamachine.blogspot.com/

Steam App On The Way

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

No mention of Windows 7 Phones, but at least Valve has announced that a Steam app is on the way for iOS and Android devices.

While the app is currently in beta — download it now for free! – I already like what they’re aiming to include:

With the Steam app, gamers around the world may chat with Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, view screenshots and user-generated content for their favorite games, read the latest gaming news, stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales, and more.

This is the kind of functionality that Windows 7 phone users have right now with the Xbox Live tile. (I’d still like a Steam one though!)

An Armchair Empire Giveaway “What’s in the box?” – Find out!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Every day in September, The Armchair Empire will be filling up a big box with miscellaneous gaming (and non-gaming) goodies. One of a kind items, games, and chunks of effluvia that you will want to win!

First item into the box is this:

It’s not really a can of soup! It contains an LA Noire t-shirt. Click here for official details and a breakdown of what’s going in the box!