IncreaseBlue’s Phoenix Comicon guide for gamers (2012 ver.)

15 05 2012

It’s that time of year again. The Phoenix Comicon looms ahead at the end of May, bursting with individual events that make even the most casual of geeks and gamers giddy with anticipation. Once again IncreaseBlue has scoured the huge list of programming for the convention and put together an optimal guide of panels, concerts, and other fun events for gamers to hit up.

Phoenix Comicon is coming. Are you ready for the awesome?


Anyone who attended last years’ comicon knows that it was huge, packed, and awesome. This years’ event threatens to be even bigger (despite losing Star Trek veteran Patrick Stewart from the guest roster) and offers an incredible array of exciting events garnered towards gaming including panels, music, and tournaments. Here are a select few that stood out in the 2012 programming:


Heihachi laughs at your lack of skills.

How to Not Suck at Fighting Games (Friday 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Room: Borein)

Hosted by the Arizona Midnight Channel group, this is an introductory panel to the basics of fighting games from hit boxes to base mechanics of your average fighting game. If this panel holds up to what it promises, it would be a nice foray for all the gamers wanting to break into the fighting game scene. [Note: This group is hosting a similar panel entitled Fighting Games 101 on Friday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Room Borein as well).

Masochistic Gamers (Friday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Room: 225B)

The Dollars group regales con-goers which games mercilessly trounced them but made them come back for more. An interesting forum for relaying frustrating games and perhaps learning about some new ones.

MegaRan blast!

Nerdcore Hip Hop and Video Game Music (Saturday 2 – 2:30 p.m. Room: Renaissance Maricopa)

A panel hosted by the one and only Random (commonly known as MegaRan) as he explains the inevitable crossing between hip hop and video game music to create an entirely new genre. If you’ve ever listened to Megaman themes on a loop, dig video game music remixes, or are just looking for a break from the same old tunes, this will be a panel you won’t want to miss.

Rage Quitters Anonymous (Saturday 12 – 1 p.m. Room: Borein)

A second panel by the Arizona Midnight Channel, the group revels in their own personal rage quitting moments and how a gamer can avoid uncontrollable rage at every possible game they hit.

If you think these guys look intimidating now, just wait until they bust into a breakdance circle.

MARVEL VS. CAPCOM PARTY (Saturday 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Room: Renaissance Pueblo)

You read correctly, a full on party featuring the most ultimate of video game crossovers. Entertainment apparently includes a costume contest, gaming, and video game inspired music from Minibosses and MegaRan.

And true to style, our friends at AZHP Gaming are bringing the pain with their gaming setups this year in rooms 230 and 231A-C of the convention space.


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