U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Proposed Videogame Ban (the breakdown)

28 06 2011

The United States Supreme Court released their decision on Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association Monday, regarding a proposed act by California to create a new regulation on videogames to minors.

The measure called for particularly violent games to be sold only to consumers 18 or older (or a minor with a parent present) and effectively issue civil fines of up to $1000 for anyone in violation of the act. The court ruled 7-2 against the act, with Justices Breyer and Thomas dissenting.

The opinions of the justices were compiled in a 92-page document, check out the notable bits and breakdown in the post after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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IncreaseBlue’s Phoenix Comicon Guide for Gamers

24 05 2011

The upcoming Phoenix Comicon set for Memorial Day weekend is undoubtedly packed with hundreds of hours of programming for every geek interest, but there’s also a good handful of events for gamers as well. The Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue has put together a small list of video game panels and events that caught her eye and are worth checking out over the weekend.

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Phoenix Comicon is seriously stepping up their game (pun intended) this year, so this list is divided into video game events AND tournaments to check out this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »





AZHP Hosts Tournaments for a Good Cause This Weekend

5 04 2011

Arizona Hobbyists Paradise is at it again, and for a good cause too! FrankCastleAZ and AZHP are hosting five video game tournaments on Friday at the Corona Del Sol High School as a fundraiser for its television/film club.

The competitions will be hosted in the Corona Del Sol school’s small gym with an $8 entry fee for all tournaments. According to AZHP creator FrankCastleAZ, more than half of the proceeds will go to the club for new video equipment.  Read the rest of this entry »





Tournament List for Connichiwa Released: Game on!

15 03 2011

The upcoming Connichiwa anime convention in Tucson will once again have Arizona Hobbyists Paradise there to entertain all manner of gamers. AZHP officially released the tournament list for the convention on Monday with the details on all of their competitions.

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A look into the future: 2011 games to get excited for

28 12 2010

Last week The Pause Button took a look into the past. Now we look into the future and what titles gamers should at least perk up at, if not get downright giddy for.

Lost In Shadow (Wii)

Reminiscent of the surprisingly good Xbox Live title Limbo, Lost in Shadow is an upcoming Wii title in which Dow, the shadow of a young boy, becomes separated with his host body and has to climb an evil tower to free the shadows of the dead. This game looks promising as the environments are comprised of shadows cast by foreground environments and it allows the players to adjust light sources and manipulate the shadows for Dow to move along.  Lost in Shadow is slated to be released on January 1, 2011.

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AZHP to host gaming at Taiyou Con

7 12 2010

The Arizona Hobbyists Paradise crew will kick off 2011 with a slew of tournaments and casual games during January’s Taiyou Con anime convention in Mesa.

AZHP is a community-oriented group that regularly hosts gaming rooms and events throughout the year in Arizona and neighboring states (for more info, see this previous Pause Button post about them). The Taiyou Con convention will take place on January 7-9 at the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa resort located at 1011 West Holmes Avenue.

The founder of AZHP, commonly known as FrankCastleAZ, released an official list of a variety of tournaments slated to be held over the entire weekend the convention takes place. Read the rest of this entry »





The Pause Button’s video recap of DEVASTATION 2010

23 06 2010

The large gaming event known as DEVASTATION recently concluded over the past weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

The Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue was there to cover the gaming, the players, and all of the rest of the action that went on at the event. The above posted video is a quick insight into how the event was set up, what went on, and the overall atmosphere of DEVASTATION as a whole.

For more information about DEVASTATION, visit their website or read some previous Pause Button posts about the 2010 event.

To view the full tournament bracket results, visit the DEVASTATION bracket result page.