EVO 2012 Recap

10 07 2012

One of the biggest tournaments in fighting game history went down over the weekend and gave way to numerous matches that had the crowds screaming for more. Evolution 2012 took place at the Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and crowned several new champions in the process.

Image courtesy of EVO.

Of course, Arizona players represented well with Alex Rayis (a.k.a. DetroitBallin) making it to Mortal Kombat’s semi-finals, but the finals of each game were something to be admired with the amount of skill put on display. Read the rest of this entry »

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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).

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AZHP Breaking in the New Year With Taiyou Con

21 12 2011

Kicking off 2012 proper will be the AZHP hosting tournaments at the Taiyou Con anime convention the first weekend of January.

Photo courtesy of Taiyou Con.

The event will be taking place on January 6-8 Taiyou Con at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa hotel.

AZHP will be hosting tournaments throughout the weekend. As per usual practice, the crew will host open and casual gaming throughout the event as well, but their tournament schedule is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »





Get Ready to Draw Some Blood(lines)

18 10 2011

DEVASTATION may be over, but that doesn’t mean Arizona gamers are out of opportunities to duke it out! The Euphoria Gaming crew are hosting their third Bloodline tournament for multiple games in Tempe on Saturday.


The Bloodline 3 tournament will take place at the University of Advancing Technology. The Euphoria crew plan to host three competitions in Mortal Kombat 9, Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur IV (all on PS3). Casuals are set to kick off at 1 p.m. with the tournaments starting at 3 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »





DEVASTATION 2011 Re-Cap

13 10 2011

Did you happen to miss DEVASTATION last weekend? Well The Pause Button‘s got you covered with our video recap complete with several awesome interviews and funny asides we caught at the event. Check it out below!





DEVASTATION: A Few Words With Jedirobb

5 10 2011

DEVASTATION is only a few days away and the event is loaded and ready to go. The Pause Button got the chance to talk to the event coordinator Robb Chiarini (aka Jedirobb), and get some details, as well as thoughts on the upcoming tournament.

Courtesy of DEVASTATION.

The event is set to officially begin on Friday October 7th and continue through Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center. A multitude of competitions will be held for numerous first-person shooter, fighting, sports, rhythm, and strategy games throughout the weekend.

DEVASTATION recently suffered the loss of Team Sp00ky due to the alleged confiscation of their equipment by Homeland Security. Chiarini confirmed that there are three other stream broadcasters lined up for the convention including LevelUp and local boys Team Haz-mat to run the fighting game shows, with Beyond Gaming to cover the PC side of the competitions. They will broadcast on three separate channels through Twitch.tv: TwitchTV/DEVEVENT, TwitchTV/DEVASTATIONEVENT, and TwitchTV/BeyondGaming. according to the official event website. Read the rest of this entry »





Countdown to DEVASTATION, get your practice in!

22 09 2011

The huge DEVASTATION event is a mere two weeks away and this Saturday will yield a nice platter of events for Arizona gamers to get in the last smidgens of practice before the big competitions kick off.

Courtesy Team Haz-Mat

First off is Team Haz-Mat with their DEVASTATION Boot Camp event on Saturday. The boot camp is $5 for a venue fee and $5 entry fee for each tournament being held at Team Haz-Mat‘s spot in Laveen. Competitions will start at 7 p.m. with Marvel vs. Capcom 3, then continue with Street Fighter III: Third Strike at 9 p.m., and finish up with Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition at 10 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »