AZHP Gaming tournaments abound for the end of August

20 08 2013

After a bit of a lighter week, competitive action is going full force in Arizona for the last of August.

AZHP Gaming will host their fifth tournament at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale this Saturday for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The tournament will start at 2 p.m. and be free to enter. Read the rest of this entry »





IncreaseBlue’s Saboten Con Re-cap

5 09 2012

Anime and game lovers alike are back to the daily grind after the exhausting 2012 Saboten Con finished up over the weekend in Glendale. This was the convention’s first dive into its new venue of the Glendale Renaissance Hotel and despite some missteps, it came out victorious over last years’ performance.

The Yamaoka-centric concerts with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn on vocals were an easy highlight of the convention.

Although Saboten Con was more so anime and video game-oriented, thus having a less diverse draw of panels and events than the Phoenix Comicon, the convention definitely made each individual event count with its guests and programming.

The new hotel was a more than welcome change, as the Saboten Con was all but bursting with attendees in its old home of the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix. This allowed the latest Sabo endeavor breathing room to try on new things, some a step in the right direction, while others could use some fine-tuning. Read the rest of this entry »





IncreaseBlue’s Saboten Con guide for gamers (2012 ver.)

28 08 2012

The wait for the Saboten Con is slowly ticking down as the convention looms ahead jam-packed with events. As always, The Pause Button’s very own IncreaseBlue has created a guide for gamers in attendance to make sure they don’t miss out on any of the awesome programming highlights.

Courtesy Saboten Con.

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BREAKING: AZHP Gaming join up again with Team Hazmat for Mash Up!, Revelations, and Saboten-con

1 08 2012

FrankCastleAZ of AZHP Gaming confirmed today that his group will be teaming up again with Team Hazmat for several upcoming events in the next few weeks.

First up is the large Mash Up! event being held at the Phoenix Center for the Arts on August 11. In addition to sponsoring the event, AZHP Gaming will be staffing and providing equipment for the tournament alongside Team Hazmat streaming the action. Read the rest of this entry »





IncreaseBlue’s Saboten-Con Re-cap

4 10 2011

The 2011 Saboten-Con occurred over the weekend in Phoenix at the Squaw Peak Hilton Resort. The event played host to numerous voice actors such as Sean Schemmel, Reuben Langdon, and Johnny Yong Bosch, as well as offered up a fair amount of panels and activities for attendees.

Not only were there tons of anime events to attend, but also steampunk, gaming and various other genres were present in the programming. The Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue was able to attend Saboten and offers her thoughts below about how it went.

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IncreaseBlue’s Sabo Guide For Gamers

27 09 2011

Earlier in the year Phoenix Comicon gave a vast array of programming for gamers as well as otakus, steampunks, and more. Now with Saboten-Con in only a few days, gamers once again find themselves on the receiving end of a plethora of awesome panels and tournaments to be had at the convention this weekend.

Courtesy of Saboten-Con.

Saboten-Con is an anime convention that will be held at Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix on Friday the 30th through Sunday.

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Saboten-con to feature game tournaments in October

14 09 2010

The upcoming anime convention in Phoenix, Ariz., known as Saboten-con, will host more than voice actor panels and cosplayer gatherings, it will also feature gaming tournaments!

Once again, Saboten-con will include a hefty gaming room that will be run by the Arizona Hobbyists Paradise when it begins on its new dates of October 1-3. Read the rest of this entry »