Arcade Photo by: Sam Howitz

This weekend, Arizona pulls a Houdini, plays way too many video games, and enters the Fae realm.

Seems like a heavy gaming influence on this weekend.

(Mario and the gang must be out lobbying and hobnobbing.)

Thursday, June 16th

Learn Lock-picking [Chandler]

  • Level up your lock-picking skills, IRL! How meta!
  • The hackers of HeatSync Labs are teaching curious low-level rogues the basics of locks and how to manipulate their mechanics.
  • At Gangplank from 7pm to 10pm.
  • Learn more on HeatSync’s Blog.

Video Game Trivia Night [Phoenix]

  • It’s time once again to show off your mad video game (knowledge) skillz, yo.
  • Show up and give it a shot, or just soak up the atmosphere and trivia battles.
  • Check it out at the Cade Gallery starting at 7pm.

Friday, June 17th

[Nothing that I know of.]

  • Who wants to come over and show me that Last Night On Earth board game?
  • I’ve heard it’s pretty good.

Saturday, June 18th

Free RPG Day? [Phoenix]

  • According to Nerdvana, only Samurai Comics in Phoenix is participating.
  • Find out everything Jayson knows about this scarce event on his blog.

New XBox Games Night [Scottsdale]

  • The Microsoft Store is inviting everyone out to play their new games from 5pm to close.
  • This time it’s Wipeout, Child of Eden, and Kung Fu Panda 2.
  • (I’ll go ahead and pass on some of those.)
  • I’m not sure what else goes on, but if you’re curious about any of these games, it might be a good chance to test them out.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Costume Ball [Scottsdale]

  • Forsooth! Mayhap another costumed ball? ‘Tis so!
  • And this one may have even more manly tights than last weekend’s Comic Book Ball.
  • Fans of fairies, satyrs, and pan pipes should have fun.
  • At the Alwun House from 7pm to 11pm – $10.
  • Learn more about what’s going on at the ball on their site.

Sunday, June 19th

Fightning Game Tournament [Peoria]

  • Mortal Kombat and Tekken – PS3 – $10
  • From noon to 5pm at LAN Speed Games.
  • Bring your own paddles and learn more here.

Did I miss anything? What will you be up to this weekend?

And happy Father’s Day (this Sunday) to all you geek dads out there!