The Microsoft Store in Scottsdale knows how to entertain nerds while they wait for releases.

Tonight should be no exception as they lead up to you grabbing your own copy of the most anticipated game in a long time.

A few months ago I swung by the Gears of War 3 release party they were throwing, just to check it out. There were numberless open gaming consoles to play, tournaments going on, boxes of pizza, give-aways, and cosplayers – including Jessica Nigri.

Since I wasn’t actually waiting for a copy of the game, I bounced a little early and passed a few Game Spots on my way home. Outside were the cold, huddled masses of gamers waiting for doors to open at midnight.

Hint: Go to the big gamer party instead…

  • Doors open at 9pm tonight. Last time I went, gamers lined up in the mall, not outside.
  • Free food, drink, swag, and prizes.
  • Onsite cartoonists and cosplayers.
  • MASS EFFECT 3!
  • Here are a few more details.
  • (And sign up to meet Jessica Lawrence while you’re there!)

I’m a huge fan of the very-good-but-hard-to-pull-off genre known as Space Opera. I even have a little Pinterest board dedicated to it. (Yeah, that’s right.)

I’m wicked glad that ME is doing it so well.