Gaming events galore this weekend in AZ

16 05 2012

If you’re not too busy ‘error 37’-ing it up with your buddies on Diablo III, there are tons of gaming events this weekend to hit up before the craziness that is the Phoenix Comicon is finally upon us.

Grab your controllers because this weekend is chock full of gaming opportunities.

In the interest of fitting all of these insanely cool events in one post, we’re going to put them out quick hit style (a la our friends at Lightning Octopus).


DEVASTATION Soul Calibur V Tournament (at Bookmans Phoenix)

-Free to enter, 64-player bracket Soul Calibur V tournament hosted by the DEVASTATION crew. Registration starts at 4 p.m. and the top three competitors will win Bookmans gift cards and swag bags. Find all the info on it here.

LAN Speed Games Lock-In/All Nighter (at LAN Speed Games in Peoria)

-Get locked in the LSG venue at 10 p.m. for 10 solid hours of gaming, pizza, and other fun stuff. This lock-in will also play host to professional League of Legends player VMan7, who will also hang out for the entire event. It’s $17.50 for an early seat reservation or $20 the day of; more details on their website.


Team Hazmat Hazbats (at Team Hazmat’s hangout in Laveen)

-Halfway through the season and the action is getting more and more intense. The second season of Hazbats (ranked battles) are well underway for games including Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (2012 ver.), King of Fighters XIII, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and more. Most tournaments require entry fees and everything starts off at 12 p.m, check out our previous breakdown post or the team’s official Facebook event page for all the details.

Guard Impact (at the University of Advancing Technology [room 206/207] in Tempe)

-The fine folks at Euphoria Gaming at are it again with their latest tournament featuring Mortal Kombat and Soul Calibur V. For a $5 entry fee run up against the state’s best players. Registration is set to begin around 1 p.m. and the good team Digital Dojo will be live streaming the matches on their channel; more info can be found on Euphoria’s Facebook event page.

It’s a Video Game Challenge!! (at Bookmans Speedway in Tucson)

-The Bookmans crew, in honor of Video Game Month, are hosting two video game challenges. One will be for kids 12 and under to compete in Mario Kart for the Wii and another for folks 13 and up utilizing Dance Central 2. Sign ups start at 11 a.m. and there’s roughly $500 in Bookmans prizes up for grabs; check out their page for the details.

Courtesy of Bookmans.

Classic Sega Video Game Challenge Round 1 (at Bookmans Grant in Tucson)

-Another event in honor of Bookmans May Video Game Challenge month. This challenge will involve playing the first level of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and logging in who gets the most rings to move onto round 2. Competitors can show up between 2 and 5 p.m. to try their luck. 

Controllers & Canvas featuring Minibosses (at Bookmans Mesa)

-A hugely packed event featuring the cast and crew of the Mass Effect fan film Red Sand, video game caricatures, cosplay contests, graphic art displays, and live music from everyone’s favorite video game cover band Minibosses. All the fun is set to start off at 4 p.m.; get the low down on the Bookmans event page.


Pixel Art & Retro Game Trivia (at Bookmans Phoenix) 

-Those who ever visited Cade Gallery during its heyday will remember Mel the Office Gamer Girl’s brutal trivia challenges. This event will feature video game trivia and different art displays inspired by popular characters in 8-bit form.

Some pixel art by Mel displayed at the 2011 DEVASTATION.

DEVASTATION Gears of War 3 Tournament (at Centerfolds Cabaret in Phoenix)

-The DEVASTATION crew is at it again, but with Gears of War this time. This tournament will be free to play and capped at 16 four-player teams. Multiple modes will be played all in an effort to net the prizes of $100 Best Buy giftcards. For all of the rule sets and team info, check out the details on the official web site


If you’re not completely exhausted from all of these amazing events, the DEVASTATION crew will be hosting a midnight release event at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier on Monday. The launch event will include a 4v4 tournament starting off at 8 p.m. for registration and the top three will be awarded prizes (unknown as of yet); the first 100 in line will also get swag bags. 



4 responses

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20 05 2012

I just moved here in Phoenix for school. I am a beast at sf3rd strike. I dont care if I lose either I just want to play with people on my level. Info on tournaments or just random play days would be appreciated.

21 05 2012

Thanks for the comment! We do our best to keep readers informed on the latest meetups and competitions. Keep with us and you’re bound to find something that suits your interest. You may also want to check out AZHP events since they usually run SF 3rd Strike, even for just casual.

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