CRUISE FOCUSES ON THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF VIDEO GAME MEDIUM
December 20, 2007 --- The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp.® (NAViGaTR),
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 NAViGaTR 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.”
Other 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
NAViGaTR 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.
Also making 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.”
Cruise 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.
Early 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 NAViGaTR 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.
Cruise fares 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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