During anime convention Saboten Con 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, we saw ALOT of anime cosplay all around us. This gallery is dedicated to all of the Dragon Ball cosplay we spotted. Costumes range from Red Ribbon Army warrior, Android 18, to Bartok, the full blooded Saiyan father of Goku.
Saboten Con is a yearly anime convention in the Phoenix, Arizona area. This year, they’ve moved from the more rural (and out of the way) Glendale location to the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Phoenix. Guests include voice actors from anime and video games, Japanese bands, and more.
We’ve highlighted some of the video game events that will be happening during Saboten Con 2015…
Mario Party (details) A family friendly panel will be filled with mini-games referencing Mario Party video games. Multiple style of games will be played, along with music and prizes.
The Working Title (details)
Discuss video games that could have been, why some games don’t make it through development, and what fans can do as a community to support the production of the games they want.
You NEED to Play This (details)
There are lots of video games out there, and unfortunately many slip under our radar. Take a look at the various gems hidden in the rough that is the gaming world.
PC Horror Gaming (details) Watch and play PC horror games with other fans. Huddle together with the lights off while playing fan favorites like ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’.
Tabletop gamers will also find some fun here as there will be fantasy games such as Dungeons & Dragons going on throughout the con.
Notable guests also include Rika Muranaka (singer and composer for Konami) and Ai Maeda (singer and composer for Digimon). There are also a whole bunch of voice actors who’ve worked on hundreds of cartoons and video games.
Of course, it goes without saying that there will COSPLAY OVERLOAD there… Saboten Con always has a strong showing of gaming and anime cosplay. This year should be no different.
That’s right, id Software and Bethesda finally revealed gameplay at E3 2015 for the highly anticipated and delayed, DOOM 4 err, DOOM.
Anyway, it looks great. That’s coming from a longtime Doom fanboy (since DOS). I also frequently play mods like Brutal Doom in Zandronum, something I can assume the designers of the new Doom did too. That’s a good thing by the way. So let’s start with what I like:
The amount of enemies
The general look and feel
Then there are things I’m less sure of. Let’s call this list, Things Not to Screw Up In Doom…
Make the shotgun awesome. (It should feel powerful, and be the cornerstone of your combat.)
Fatalities are cool, but need to have some variety. Especially the chainsaw kills, while very fun looking, seemed repetitive when done rapidly. Offer at least 2 different kill animations for that so it doesn’t seem cheap.
It’s hard to tell from the video, but I hope the stages have secrets. Secret doors, hidden items, and more. This is a classic id Software thing that needs to be there. Kinda like the secret door in Wolfenstein 3d, with a secret in a secret that leads to a secret stage. That’s cool.
Couldn’t really hear the music, but I hope its cool and not TOO ambient.
That’s about all I can think of. The rest of it looks pretty solid and I am truly looking forward to the new Doom.
If you still have your old SNES and Game Boy, you probably have seen them slowly go from light grey to dingy yellow. That sucks, but hey, there’s a way to clean them up. Check out this gallery on imgur which shows you how to restore the Nintendo relic back to its original color using a peroxide based hair product.
If you have any other tips, feel free to post them in the comments.
Phoenix Comicon 2015 is coming this summer to quench the thirst of pop culture enthusiasts in the South West. Here is a quick review of the gaming events we know about for the upcoming convention.
Game Room: Every Phoenix Comicon so far has had a game room and this year should be no different. Expect to play lots of video games, ranging from first person shooters and fighting games to even more eclectic games such as typing and rhythm games. There should also be tournaments with prizes.
Five Nights at Phoenix Comicon: This is a Five Nights at Freddy’s event which will include games and discussion. Not much is known yet.
Game Jam (rumored): Aspiring game developers can get together to create a game in only 48 hours and win awesome prizes!
Exhibitors: Many exhibitors are gaming related including Tucson, Az based game developer Desert Owl Games. There will be also specialty video game shops present, such as Game Over Games.
Voice Actors: Since so many voice actors perform in both animation and video games, there are many guests who will be there. You can meet voice talent as heard in Tales From the Borderlands, Yu-Gi-Oh!5D, Yakuza, Final Fantasy, and many many more.
Cosplay: Just… so… much… cosplay.
As updates become available, we will post them here. We’re also looking forward to covering the gaming events on location.
January in Arizona, the Phoenix Global Game Jam 2015 took place at ASU’s Tempe campus. Eleven teams got together to create the best games they could make within a 48 hour timer. The event was hosted by Game CoLab and Intel, with sponsors including Cosplay & Fan Gear, LLC. A variety of games were made around the theme of “What do we do now?” ranging from a first person shooter to a point and click exploration game. Some teams opted to use their own game engines with 2D graphics, while others used Unity to make 3D games.
Here is a break down of the games…
A Random Walk (unknown)
Andre the Dragon Slayer (rpg)
Aztec Vector (maze)
Humpty Dumpty (platform)
Oh no, What to do? (survival)
Rebel Alliance (FPS)
Social NetWars (shmup)
TRIO (board game)
What Do We Do Now? (unknown)
You can see them all on the Phoenix Global Game Jam site.
Here are the winners as voted by the public at Endgame…
This Game Needs To Be Made (Best In Show): Aztec Vector
Saboten Con 2014 in Arizona was a lot of fun. There was a game room which had plenty of fighting games to play, in addition to several casual play games. The vendors room was full of merchandize, but commercial and original. However, by far, the most noticeable thing about Saboten Con are the cosplayers. There were quite a few cosplayers ranging from popular games like Halo, to lesser known cult classics like Garou: Mark Of the Wolves. We also couldn’t help ourselves to include a few 90’s anime costumes we thought were quite exceptional.
Feel free to comment and let us know which ones you like.
Saboten Con, which happens every year near Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the biggest fan conventions in the region. It is dedicated to anime, but also has quite a bit of stuff for gamers. Events and programming include panels about video games and related topics, and gaming tournaments with cash prizes!
Below is a partial listing of the gaming related events at this years Saboten Con.
CASUAL GAMES AVAILABLE
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Dance Dance Revolution/Stepmania
Injustice: Gods Among Us
King of Fighters XIII
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
New Super Mario Bros U
Persona 4 Arena
Street Fighter X Tekken
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Super Smash Bros Brawl
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Typing of the Dead
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
Ultra Street Fighter IV
We recommend you bring your own controller/arcade stick/headset etc (must be wired only) to participate in tournaments. We will have them available for public use, but will be in limited quantities.
10:30am – OPEN
12:00n – King of Fighters XIII (PS3)
03:00pm – Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)
06:00pm – Persona 4 Arena (PS3)
09:00pm – BlazBlue: Chronophantasma (PS3)
01:00am – CLOSE
10:30am – OPEN
12:00n – Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3)
03:00pm – Killer Instinct (XB1)
06:00pm – Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 (PS3) [PAID]
09:00pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3) [PAID]
01:00am – CLOSE
10:30am – OPEN
12:00n – Call of Duty: Ghosts 3v3 (360)
04:00pm – CLOSE
The game room and tournaments are being organized by AZHP. You can visit their website for more info.
Check out some SSFIVAE footage from last year’s Saboten Con (via Twitch)
This year, the video game related panel topics include Sonic The Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, Women in anime & video games, Retro Video Game Music, Video Game music remixes, horror games, Left 4 Dead, and Project Diva.
There is also dedicated space for tabletop gamers, which include introductory panels about RPGs, Dungeons & Dragons, and more.
Last, but not least, lets not forget the cosplayers. No matter which way you spin it, Saboten Con is ready for gamers. The real question is, are you ready?
Chances are if you played games in the 80’s, you are familiar with Sega’s incredible arcade heritage, which is often highlighted by racing titles like Outrun, Hang-On, and Daytona USA. Currently, to get those type of gameplay experiences, your options are limited to playing those classics, which were all headed by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki. Chase Pettit & Charles Blanchard plan to breathe new life into the classic arcade racing genre with Drift Stage.
We don’t often get excited by new games this early, but the screenshots and gameplay footage of the game are inspiring and refreshing. The gameplay looks quite similar to Outrun 2/Outrun 2006, which is a great thing. Drifting appears to be smooth and visually rewarding with your 80’s looking sports car burning rubber smoke clouds. Based on screenshots found on the Drift Stage website, it also looks like 4 player split screen will be a thing too. Incredible. The fun extends beyond gameplay and graphics; the music, which is being created by Myrone, is just down right fun to hear.
Check out this test footage of Drift Stage (Gameplay video)…
Drift Stage screenshots and images…
Currently the title is being planned for PC & Mac, but the devs are hoping to get Drift Stage on consoles too.
Check out the official site to stay up to date with this awesome looking game.