Play Nintendo Tour Comes to Arrowhead Town Center in Glendale This Weekend

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BagoGames via Flickr
Pause for just a sec. This is important.
Nintendo fans of Arizona, put your 2DSes on pause for a second and listen up. We fully understand that Super Mario 3D Land is addictive as hell, but y'all might want to take a break from handheld gaming (or any other sort button-mashing activity, for that matter) over the next day or so. No, really.

Frankly, your thumbs are gonna need to rest up as much as possible if you plan to check out the Play Nintendo Tour when it stops at Arrowhead Town Center in Glendale this weekend, since you'll be using 'em plenty at the colorful three-day video gaming event.

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5 Places to Buy Vintage Video Games in Metro Phoenix

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Nathan Humpherys
Nothing exudes old-school cool like this tabletop Zaxxon machine we saw at Game Over Games

Sure, the high-tech features and high-definition graphics of the Xbox One and PS4 are great. But sometimes, it's hard not to get nostalgic for running and jumping with Mario and Sonic or crushing your friends in Mortal Combat and Street Fighter. If you want to relive some childhood memories or discover some classics you missed out on the first time around, here are five places in the Phoenix area that will help you get it on like Donkey Kong.


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ZapCon 2014's Game List Is Revealed

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Benjamin Leatherman
Two gamers play the 1981 classic Tempest at last year's ZapCon.
If you've ever wanted to get your hands on the long-forgotten arcade classic Turkey Shoot, you're in luck. The ultra-rare Williams-produced game from 1984, which involves wasting villainous turkeys with a light gun, will be available for play at ZapCon 2014. Ditto for similar rarities like the practically Paleozoic 1972 mechanical shooter Haunted House, the 1982 pinball game Thunderball, and the Japanese import Super Spacefortress Macross.

In fact, there are several choice titles in ZapCon 2014's list of classic arcade and pinball games, which was revealed by organizers late last week.


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ZapCon 2014: Pre-Registration Now Open for Phoenix Arcade and Pinball Convention

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Benjamin Leatherman
Last year's ZapCon at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
Like a "Game Over" countdown clock urging you to drop in another quarter after getting annihilated by an arcade game bad guy, the days and weeks are ticking away until ZapCon 2014. But if the mid-April vintage arcade and pinball convention can't get here fast enough for you, some additional event details recently announced by organizers may help make the time go by more quickly.


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Your Guide to Indie Game Bundles

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Ryan Somma via flickr.com

If you are a videogame player on a budget, a casual game player who likes to sample, or a supporter of independent game developers, then you should look into the wonderful world of indie bundles. They're a recent Internet phenomenon; as the name implies, an indie bundle is a set of games from independent developers that are sold as a set, usually for extremely low prices and available for a limited time. In many cases, part of the money for each bundle is donated to charity. You get a bunch of new games, your money goes to support good causes and independent developers, so it's a win all-around.


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17 Must-Attend Events at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

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Shannon Cottrell.
Slideshow: The Pop Culture Cosplayers of Comic-Con

The biggest pop culture convention in the country will lumber its way into San Diego next weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will pour into Southern California to celebrate their obsessions with their like-minded peers. If you are one of those lucky people who will be making the pilgrimage to Nerd Mecca, here are 17 panels that you should not miss if you can help it.

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Coolidge Pokémon Champ Zack Thornberg on How Battling Is Like Chess

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Courtesy of Greg Thornberg
Coolidge's Zack Thornberg (right) and his trophy after winning the Pokémon Spring Regional Championships.
Most kids wish they had parents as cool as Zack Thornberg's mom and dad. Like most kids his age, the 14-year-old Coolidge resident has a serious video gaming habit, playing upwards of seven hours per week on his Nintendo DS and other systems. And his parents are nothing but supportive, probably because of his success as a competitive gamer.

He's a longtime player of video games from Nintendo's blockbuster and long-running Pokémon franchise, which -- for anyone who's lived in a cave for the past 15 years -- involves capturing and training freakish creatures for use in battling other players. And Thornberg is aces at doing all those things, especially on the latest game in the series, Pokémon White and Black 2, for the Nintendo DS. And a couple of weeks from now, the teenager will get a chance to become a national champion and earn himself gaming glory.

See also:
"The Art of Video Games" Now Open at Phoenix Art Museum
Artcade Lounge Finds a Home in Downtown Phoenix
E3 2013: The Clash of the Consoles


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"The Art of Video Games" Now Open at Phoenix Art Museum

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Pac-Man, 1981. Toru Iwatani, original concept; adapted by Tod Frye and NAMCO BANDAI Games, Inc. All rights reserved.

Video games are art. That is the unwavering stance of Java innovator and noted game aficionado Chris Melissinos. When he talks about writing gaming code, he compares it to writing poetry. These games are more than digitized pastimes -- they're an amalgam of all forms of traditional art, he says.

And if you take a second to consider his equation (narrative plus orchestration plus painting plus social reflection plus sculpture equals video game) there's really no way to argue the point. For more evidence, there's the exhibition Melissinos curated, "The Art of Video Games," on view at Phoenix Art Museum through Sunday, September 29. The show looks at the 40-year history of gaming and how it has evolved over that span of time -- from Pac-Man and Pong to World of Warcraft.

See also:
Phoenix Art Museum to Feature Artcade Show Games in July
Ten Favorite Arcades in Metro Phoenix


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Phoenix Art Museum to Feature Artcade Show Games in July

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Benjamin Leatherman
Sierra Joy's artwork on an old school Tetris sit-down game.
Fans of joystick-powered pixelated entertainment across the Valley are probably counting the hours until The Art of Video Games finally opens at the Phoenix Art Museum June 16. And you can't blame them, considering the three-month exhibition will showcase (and offer the chance to play) some of the greatest hits in gaming history, ranging from the practically pre-historic Pac-Man to modern-day blockbusters like Mass Effect.

And starting in late July, the exhibition will include access to the custom-decorated vintage and old school quarter-eaters from the popular Artcade Show.

See also:
Artcade Lounge Finds a Home in Downtown Phoenix and Will Open Later This Year
The Artcade Show Opens Tonight at Parazol Studios in Downtown Phoenix

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Artcade Lounge Finds a Home in Downtown Phoenix and Will Open Later This Year

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Invading a downtown Phoenix space in the months ahead.
Local gamers, start digging through couch cushions and hoarding every quarter possible. You're gonna need 'em a couple of months from now when the Artcade Lounge opens its doors in downtown Phoenix

Ariel Bracamonte and Nico Paredes, the pair behind the popular Artcade Show earlier this year (which featured vintage games used as canvases for local artists), announced Wednesday that they've found a location for a similarly themed arcade/nightspot concept. And by happenstance, it's the exact same spot where the Artcade exhibition took place.

See Also:
- The Artcade Show Opens Tonight at Parazol Studios in Downtown Phoenix
- Five of Our Favorite Arcade Games From ZapCon
- Ten Favorite Arcades in Metro Phoenix


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