Felicia Day And Freddie Wong Press Play As 17th D.I.C.E. Awards Co-Hosts
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is thrilled to introduce Felicia Day and Freddie Wong as co-hosts for the 17th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), the interactive industry’s premier peer-based Awards show. Day, an actress/producer, gamer and co-founder of the popular digital entertainment network Geek & Sundry, along with Wong, a filmmaker and competitive gamer, proudly wear their geek badges with honor and have become synonymous with the fun and quirks that define video game culture. They’ll bring their unique blend of gaming know-how and humor to the Feb. 6 event at the Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Fans across the globe also will have a chance to check out the co-hosts live at the D.I.C.E. Awards and catch some of their favorite game developers participating in the two-day 2014 D.I.C.E. Summit preceding the Awards show(#DICE2014). Following a successful partnership at D.I.C.E. Europe, the Academy today also announced it will once again join forces with Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers with more than 45 million visitors per month, to stream the Summit and Awards show. For the first time ALL the Summit sessions will be live streamed, kicking off with the first session on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 9:45 AM, and concluding with the last session on Thursday, Feb. 5, 5 PM PST. The Awards show will be live streamed on Thursday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7:30 PM PST. Both can be viewed at http://www.twitch.tv/dice .
Geek-A-Week cards: Collect your favorite nerd celebs
If sports stars get their own trading cards, why not the best and the brightest of the geek elite?
For a personal art project originally started in March 2010, artist Len Peralta challenged himself to see if he could contact 52 different geeks for 52 weeks, then interview them and draw them as trading cards he named Geek-A-Week . He succeeded. Now he’s on a Kickstarter quest to raise funds for a whole new 52-card Geek-A-Week set sporting a new design.
Some of these “incredible people” featured in past Geek-A-Week cards include author Neil Gaiman, director Guillermo del Toro, Marvel comic book legend Stan Lee, the cast of “MythBusters,” actress Felicia Day, comic singer Weird Al Yankovic, “Big Bang Theory” creator Bill Prady, director Kevin Smith, musician Thomas Dolby, actor Wil Wheaton, magicians Penn & Teller, actor Seth Green, actress Jeri Ryan, humorist John Hodgman, author Cory Doctorow, astronomer Phil Plait, comedian Chris Hardwick, actress Brea Grant, “Munchkin” RPG designer Steve Jackson, director Edgar Wright, comic book artist Jill Thompson, actor Aaron Douglas, cosplayers Team Unicorn, DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, director Amy Berg, musician Mark Mothersbaugh, and Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak, to name a handful.
Geek & Sundry Sets April 5 As 2nd Annual International TableTop Day
Just like vinyl records are making quite the comeback, analog board games are in the midst of a renaissance in an age where digital (and often times isolating) technologies (and styles of games) are becoming increasingly prevalent, powerful, and popular. Leading the charge is Wil Wheaton.
The on-screen son of Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation and current host of Geek & Sundry’s weekly TableTop series – in which Wheaton introduces a board game and proceeds to play said board game with a handful of web and/or television personalities – just announced International TableTop Day is set to become a yearly event. April 5, 2014 will be the date of the day’s second annual iteration and is set to boast a massive gathering in LA with festivities emceed by Wheaton and Geek & Sundry founder Felicia Day. In addition to big board game gala in LA, more than 6,000 local meetups and events across the globe are expected to a part of this year’s ITTD, too.