Spring tournaments coming into full swing

5 02 2013

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Now that February is here, things are really kicking off for tournament season. In preparation for the now fully completed tournament roster for EVO (among so many other competitions out there), Euphoria Gaming and Team Hazmat have got you covered for any practice you will need.

To start off the month right, Euphoria Gaming will be hosting a tournament at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »





AZHP Gaming kicks in the new year at Taiyou Con

2 01 2013

For those who aren’t sure how to dig into 2013, AZHP Gaming has got a solution. The entire crew will be running a gaming room with multiple tournaments at this weekends’ Taiyou Con in Mesa.

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Taiyou Con is an anime convention that will be held at the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa hotel on January 4-6. The convention will feature numerous anime-related guests such as Sonny Strait, Christina Vee, and many more. Alongside all of the anime programming, the good folks with AZHP Gaming will be running another one of their gaming rooms for attendees. 

Over the weekend, the crew will be hosting a slew of tournaments for some awesome sponsored prizes from Boson, Aqua Red, UAT,and Evil Controllers:
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This Is It! bids proper farewell to Arcade-in-a-Box

6 11 2012

Over the weekend, players gathered from around the state to Tucson in order to pay their respects to Ed Farias as he bid adieu to his establishment, Arcade-in-a-Box. The arcade, proclaimed one of the last retro arcades in the city, was celebrated over the weekend in style with a massive five-tournament event.

Players new and old participated in the competitions with a sense of community and fun that made the arcade such a staple for gamers in the past. Indeed the event served as a reminder to Farias of the good times he had running Arcade-in-a-Box during its seven-year run, but also an affirmation of his decision to leave the arcade. Read the rest of this entry »





This is It! happening this weekend!

30 10 2012

If you somehow missed our initial reports, the event commemorating Ed Farias’ departure from Arcade-in-a-Box dubbed ‘This is It!’ will be happening this weekend in Tucson.

The event will draw some of Arizona’s greatest players for several tournaments, including Latif and several other guests. If you’re unable to attend, there are still some gaming opportunities closer to Phoenix available this weekend as well. Read the rest of this entry »





Fall tournaments in full swing with Euphoria Gaming and others

23 10 2012

As Halloween approaches, so do some opportunities for fun gaming experiences for all. This weekend will play host to several events hosted by the likes of Euphoria Gaming and DEVASTATION right up till the end of the month.

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Starting off the weekend proper will be the Euphoria Gaming crew hosting their Persona 4: Arena/King of Fighters XIII This is It! Bootcamp event on Saturday. This tournament will take place at the University of Advancing Technology (room 201) and there are no entry fees.  Read the rest of this entry »





Season three Hazbats finale this weekend

16 10 2012

The Team Hazmat “Hazbats” are coming to a close this weekend, where season winners for Persona 4: Arena, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and King of Fighters XIII will be decided for the grand prize pot.

The finale will take place at the team’s hangout in Laveen on Saturday. There will be a $5 entry fee, as well as an additional $5 entry for any single tournament; barring Street Fighter which has a $10 fee. Read the rest of this entry »





Ed Farias says goodbye to Arcade-in-a-Box with ‘This Is It!’ event

18 09 2012

Courtesy Arcade-in-a-Box.

As the days of online competition progress, more and more small arcade venues are struggling to get the same pull of players they used to. Sadly, Tucson’s own Arcade-in-a-Box has suffered the same plight, leading the owner and founder Ed Farias, to say goodbye to the arcade this November.

Arcade-in-a-Box is one of Tucson’s biggest gamer arcade hangouts that officially got started by Farias in 2005. Since then, the venue has hosted scores of fighting game tournaments, seen the creation of the popular web series Retro Rumble, and helped groom top level Street Fighter IV players such as Latif, second-place SSFIV: AE winner at EVO 2011.

Truly, Arcade-in-a-Box is an Arizona arcade with history behind it and Farias described the decision to step away from the venue as a difficult one. In an email interview, Farias explained that after multiple attempts to pull players in, he decided to celebrate the arcade’s ending with the This is It! event, rather than try to bolster up followers in attempts to “save” it: Read the rest of this entry »