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Empire Games Review

Empire Games
1766 S. Greenfield Road. Suite 102. Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 813-1525
Store Hours:
M-Sa: 11am – 12am
Su: 11am – 9pm

First Impression: 

This store is big and open, which I love. It also has plenty of space for gaming and tons of tables for miniature gaming. Truly, my heart was hoping that this was the store for me! However, as I hung around I realized, although this was an amazing store, it was not my crowd. The people here were friendly but none seemed interested in playing my board game and they remained standoffish with me. If miniatures are your game of choice then this store is probably for you.

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Gotham City Comics Review

Gotham City Comics & Coffee
46 W. Main Street. Mesa AZ, 85201
(480) 649-3065
Store Hours:
M-Th: 11am – 9pm
F: 11am – 11pm
Sa: 11am – 11pm
Su: 11am – 6pm

First Impression: 

I would say this is more a Comic store than anything else. However, it’s a comic store that serves LATTES AND GAMES ON THE SIDE! Seriously, whoever came up with this idea was a complete genius. This is the store I’ve been dreaming of all my life!!! They have cushy couches in the front and then about midway through the store they have their neatly organized comic collection. Once you get to the back of the store you’ll see the area for gaming and watching films. I seriously can’t get over what they’ve done with the space in this store. It’s open and inviting, yet much like a Transformer it can be morphed into what the store needs. Dr. Who night?? Sure! Just arrange the couches. MTG night??? Clear the couches and add the tables.

So if you haven’t been to Gotham City (Ha! That will never get old) before you should visit them soon.

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The 6 Types of Gamers

The gaming community has grown exponentially over the years, especially with the sudden spotlight on geek culture with popular TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and the myriad of comic book films hitting the big screen. The awesome part of all this is that more people are taking a jump down the rabbit hole of gaming, comics and overall nerdiness. With this new surge of fresh blood in the gaming community I’ve deemed the term “Gamer” no longer specific enough to describe such a large dynamic group. So I’ve taken it upon myself to classify our hierarchy into six distinct categories. So I’ll start with the loneliest of gamer.

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Desert Sky Games Review

Desert Sky Games
2531 S. Gilbert Road. #106. Gilbert AZ, 85295
(602) 615-5214
Store Hours:
M-Th: 10am – 10pm
F: 10am – 12am
Sa: 10am – 10pm
Su: 10am – 6pm

First Impression: 

I’ve never been to desert sky games before as they’re relatively new to the valley. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was how well they used their space. I want to say about 85% of the store was filled with gaming tables. Which was really nice compared to some other stores I’ve visited lately. There was also plenty of room to move around, so I didn’t have to awkwardly hit everyone’s chair backs just to get across the room. The staff was friendly and asked us if there was anything specific we needed. They didn’t have the specific game I was looking for however they ended up ordering it for me with no issues. They also had some sweet retro arcade games you could play for a quarter so I got to play Super Mario Bro’s with my daughter before we left. Overall I was impressed with the store except for the price of their MTG cards, however they redeemed themselves by having really great stock for all other cards.

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Pop Culture Paradise Tempe Review

Pop Culture Paradise Tempe
715 S. Forest Avenue. Tempe, AZ, 85281
(480) 557-6640
Store Hours:
M-Tu and Th-Sa: 11am – 10pm
W: 9am – 10pm
Su: 11am – 6pm

First Impression: 

Walking into Pop Culture is kind of like walking into a small cave. Immediately I felt claustrophobic and that remained an ongoing theme as I browsed through the store. Pop Culture’s Tempe location carries a little bit of everything. I saw shirts, toy collectibles, comics, board games, RPGs, and the basic TCG’s here. However I felt like they weren’t really strong in any single category but don’t get me wrong that doesn’t mean I won’t go there again. I feel like the store just needs a good reorganization and direction. Otherwise their staff was very friendly and you can order most anything you need here. In fact I’ve ordered several comics from them in the past and had great service.

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