Gambling & Games

Monday, April 25, 2016

Support Tucson's Best Game Stores

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 11:38 AM

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Tucson, you've probably noticed we're a little bit blessed when it comes to game stores. Pretty much anywhere in town, you're just a few minutes away from picking up a game of Catan or some Magic the Gathering cards. 

Support your favorite local game stores in Best of Tucson's Best Game Store category—but also support them in real life because we've seen too many (Hat's, A2Z, Game Daze) call it quits over the last few years. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fun New App: Confessions of a Kitty Collecting Addict

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM

A screenshot of cartoon cats in the Japanese game app called Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector.  The app was created by Hit-Point Co., Ltd. - NATALIA NAVARRO
  • Natalia Navarro
  • A screenshot of cartoon cats in the Japanese game app called Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector. The app was created by Hit-Point Co., Ltd.

Whether you're a fan of cats or a general fan of adorable animations, I have a game for you.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is a Japanese cat game that has been sweeping through our iPhones in the cutest and most relaxing way. The app, rated number 104 on the Apple App Store free top charts, has become a main focus for many blogs, as well as my own daily life.

Think you might enjoy putting out virtual food and toys and waiting for virtual cats to arrive in your virtual yard? I definitely do.

First, you have to set up your yard. Then tiny cats, all with a different preset names, interests, and personalities will begin to visit, leaving fish treats as a reward for your kindness. You can then use those fish treats to buy more goodies for them. If you are lucky (and generous), a rare and limited-edition cat may visit you.

I am not too embarrassed to say that I've spent days saving up for the highest quality animated food and cat accouterments. Only the best for my (digital) kitty cats!

But be warned: this could happen to you. If you need help succeeding in this a cat-eat-cat world, visit gameskinny.com.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

The People Behind Cards Against Humanity are Still Terrible, Hilarious

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

I mean, they made themselves pretty clear. - CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • I mean, they made themselves pretty clear.

Holiday shopping is inherently bad for savings accounts. Sometimes it seems like you're blowing through your budget and basically getting nothing in return. Sometimes you're depleting your budget and actually getting nothing.  

Remember last Black Friday when 30,000 people bought actual poop from Cards Against Humanity for $6 a pop? This year, the card game team wasn't looking to sell anything—They were more excited about the idea of buying some things for themselves.

They say:
This year we offered our customers the ultimate Black Friday experience - the ability to buy nothing from us for $5. We took our entire store offline, and put up a simple payment form where people could give us $5.

11,248 people gave us $5, and 1,199 people gave us more than $5 by filling out the form more than once. One enthusiastic fan gave us $100. In the end, we made a windfall profit of $71,145.

Cards Against Humanity is known for our charitable fundraising - since 2012 we've raised nearly $4 million for organizations we love like Worldbuilders, the Sunlight Foundation, the EFF, DonorsChoose.org, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Chicago Design Museum. We even started a $500,000 full-ride scholarship for women getting degrees in science.

There's been a lot of speculation about how we would spend the money from Black Friday, and we're happy to announce that this time, we kept it all.
 There's a (long) illustrated list of how the team spent the cash on their blog. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I'm Too Excited About This New Version of Settlers of Catan

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Oooooh.
  • Oooooh.

So tiny! For nerdiness on the go.
  • So tiny! For nerdiness on the go.
Alright game geeks—and I know there's a lot of you, I used to work at a local game shop—have I got some news for you.

ICv2 says:
In June, Mayfair will release Catan, Traveler Edition, a new geomorphic edition that folds to fit in a lockable, trapezoidal box with a carrying handle. The game board includes collapsing trays for peg storage, and features double-sided tiles (which means that there are only hundreds of board permutations, instead of thousands). 
MSRP will be $45—so, really not much lower than the original game. But, still, I don't see how making Catan more portable can be a bad thing. 

ICv2 goes on to discus the theory behind the Catan expansions and upcoming improvements to their website, if you're into that kind of thing.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Conan Reviews 'Super Smash Bros.'

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Conan O'Brien, A.K.A. Coco, is doing his best to stay relevant with the gamers, so he's reviewing Super Smash Bros. for the WiiU. The video game doesn't his stands until holidays — just in time for Christmas. Honestly, I would love to play video games with Conan any day, but I would hate to discuss U.S. history with the guy.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Video: Mario Kart is Back

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Mario will never catch up to Princess Peach.
  • Photo courtesy of Nintendo.
  • Mario will never catch up to Princess Peach.

The highly addictive Nintendo racing game Mario Kart is back for the Wii U. The eight installment of the semi-simplistic go-kart franchise will be available wherever video games are sold on Friday, May 30. All your favorite characters are back with some new faces and courses.

Click here to pre-order your copy.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

'Batman: Arkham Knight' Will Feature Batmobile Gameplay

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Holy special effects, Batman! The final Batman 'Arkham' game trailer debuted today, and it doesn't disappoint. The caped crusader will have to go toe-to-toe with The Scarecrow, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Penguin for what's left of Gotham City after all hell has broke loose. The Batmobile gameplay makes up for the fact that Kevin Conroy wasn't casted to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman, again.

The game is set to released in 2014 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

(via: Mashable)

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Retro Room is Bringing Back Old School Games and Arcades

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

The Retro Room is located on 337 E. Ft. Lowell Road.
  • Courtesy of The Retro Room.
  • The Retro Room is located on 337 E. Ft. Lowell Road.

Remember the good old Atari days? Do you miss smacking the small white dot from the left to the right side of your tube television. Do you miss games like Flappy Bird? The world is moving from big screen television sets to smart phones and tablets, but some are going back to the arcades.

Christopher and Michelle Hall decided to leave the medical field to pursue their passions: video games, clothing and jewelry.

The 33-year-old couple will celebrate the grand opening of their new business venture this Saturday, March 1. "We have a huge library of games," Christopher said. "These are the classics people don't usually have anymore." Christopher says gamers will be able to play their old favorite Atari, NES, SNES, N64, Playstation, PS2 and Xbox games on the televisions from the era the console was popular. There's a gaming room for large parties and gatherings, and a full snack bar.

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