AZHP Gaming rocks Con-nichiwa this weekend!

20 03 2013

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The Con-nichiwa convention is just a couple of days away from its return to Tucson and it will be bringing a lot of guests and panels. Most importantly, the crew at AZHP Gaming will once again herald the gaming room for all three days of the event this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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 »





Summer Video Game Awesome-ness Happening This Weekend

19 06 2012

Since the Team Hazmat Hazbats have officially come to a close and EVO is just over the horizon, Arizona players are kicking into practice mode to sharpen their skills for summer competition. A couple tournaments are taking place this weekend, as well as some fun breaks from the training schedule.

Our friends at Euphoria Gaming will be representing the King of Fighters crowd with their NeoBlaze tournament at the University of Advancing Technology on Saturday.

[UPDATE: We got whiff of a couple more events from the likes of the DEVASTATION crew and Team Hazmat this weekend. Check out the fully updated post for more details!]

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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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Jam Packed Tournament May Days

8 05 2012

The month of May is the official marker of new changes, challenges, and turning on the heat in Arizona. Several different events are lined up for this weekend from the likes of DEVASTATION, Team Hazmat, and LAN Speed Games that will undoubtedly leave gamers thirsty for more.

The events start early with a tournament challenge from the DEVASTATION crew at the Bookmans Mesa location on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »