CRUISE FOCUSES ON THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF VIDEO GAME MEDIUM
December 20, 2007 --- The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Corp.® (NAVGTR), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce the first video game themed
cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. This special weekend cruise takes place November 14 - 17, 2008 (Long Beach, California,
to Ensenada, Mexico), and features a performance by Video Games Live ™ as seen on the 2007 Spike TV Video Game Awards.
Created by Jack Wall and Tommy Tallarico and performing Mario®, Zelda®, Halo®, Final
Fantasy®, and other classic video game scores, Video Games Live (TM) is the largest touring video game music concert in
the world. Blurring the line between video games and other screen arts, an orchestra and choir perform with synchronized
video and lighting, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.
“The NAVGTR Cruise is all about bridging the gap between gamers and non-gamers and bringing
games to new audiences,” said Thomas J. Allen, President of NAVGTR Corp. “At once classical and cutting
edge, Video Games Live is the perfect entertainment for the whole family, because you don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy
beautiful, majestic music. Hardcore gamers will recognize every note, while other family members will discover it just
as they would discover Mozart or Vivaldi. Having performed on some of the most prestigious stages around the world including
the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and the Royal Festival Hall, Video Games Live shares our goal of breaking down walls
to show that the artistry and creativity of video games is just as prestigious as that of other traditionally respected media.”
cruise activities include game competitions and special gaming and celebrity guests including Academy Award® winning actress
and record-breaking Emmy® winner Cloris Leachman. “We’re so honored to have Cloris on board,”
said George Wood, Chairman of the Board for NAVGTR Corp. “Cloris is a great example of a woman who has it all
and just wants to have fun in life, and she just might give some of those young gamers a run for their money.”
NAVGTR will be unveiling a special audience participation game show featuring hilarious physical
activity in a virtual reality experience. Parents will finally understand their kids' obsession with video games,
as the live show will feature comedic sound effects and outrageous gameplay competition among passengers and Leachman.
Leachman is most recently known for playing Grandma Ida in “Malcolm in the Middle,”
Mrs. Norris in Scary Movie 4, the prison warden’s secretary who spanks Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard, Great “Gam
Gam” in the Broken Lizard film Beerfest, the reclining granny that Billy Bob Thornton thinks is dead in Bad Santa, and
the boozy, tackling grandmother in Spanglish. Leachman is best known as Phyllis in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Old Frankenstein’s
former girlfriend Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, and the lonely housewife who hooks up with a high
school student in The Last Picture Show, her Oscar®-winning performance.
appearances will be YouTube's Hardcore Granny, the tough-talking, gun-wielding Internet sensation. Hilariously unsaintly
at age 71, she's been to the frontlines of (virtual) wars and lived to tell the tale to CBS, The Washington Post, Business
Week, G4, MTV, and the Village Voice.
Onboard activities will include easy, light play for elder
generations playing with their grandkids. “The multi-generational mix is a growing trend for both games and cruises,”
said Allen. “The mainstream media constantly reports on senior citizens discovering the Nintendo Wii®, and
National Geographic Kids and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) research shows that one third of cruising grandparents
are taking their grandkids.”
passengers who reserve prior to June 15, 2008, will be invited to participate in a video/costume contest in which auditioning
entrants impersonate a celebrity or video game character while playing a game. Passengers with cruise reservations can
audition online at http://www.youtube.com/navgtr prior to the cruise, or qualify in live tryouts on the cruise.
registrants can also participate in a two-part “Name That Tune” contest. One round challenges gamers and
non-gamers to guess whether a piece of music identifies a "Video-Game" or "Not-a-Video-Game". Another
round tests the hard core gamers on just how much they know their video game music, asking players to identify the specific
video game and/or the specific tune in the game.
“The NAVGTR Cruise
has something for everyone,” said Wood. “We really want to show the positive aspects of the video game medium,
from the artistry of its music, to the social and cooperative aspects of its multiplayer entertainment, to its therapeutic
applications that have real world benefits.”
As seen on ABC News, Dr. Albert “Skip”
Rizzo will demonstrate how gaming technologies are used to rehabilitate stroke survivors, distract children from pain during
surgery, and help veterans of Iraq deal with post traumatic stress disorder.
begin at $455. Tickets are on sale to the general public through June 15, 2008.
To make a reservation, call 1-800-688-8031 or visit www.avatoy.com. Fare rates are per person based on double occupancy and do not include port processing fees,
fuel supplements, and government taxes, or gratuities and optional insurance.
Through annual awards, television specials, videos, and other future plans, the mission of NAVGTR
Corp. is to preserve the history of the medium as well as honor the creative and technical individuals who have paved the
way for new ideas and innovations. In addition to the annual awards show, NAVGTR Corp. also distributes the historical
archive series, “Gaming in the Clinton Years.”
The general voting body of more
than 1,150 journalists and writers includes contributors for such varied outlets as About.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Austin American-Statesman, NBC, CNN, CNN.com, CNNmoney.com, Chicago Sun-Times, Computer Gaming World, Contra Costa Times,
Digital Journal, ElectricPlayground.com, FHM, GamersTemple.com, GamingTarget.com, Gannett News Service, Gear, HappyPuppy.com,
Kids & Computers, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, National Post, New York Times, Marquee, PC Gamer, Philadelphia Inquirer,
PlanetPong.com, Salon, San Jose Mercury-News, USA Today, USAToday.com, Wired News, Wizard Magazine, WOW Weekly, ZDNet, Detroit
Free Press, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Play Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff-Davis Media),
Evergeek Media, The Ottawa Citizen, The Vancouver Sun, The Regina Leader-Post, EclipseMagazine.com, and hundreds more.
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