Isthmus games scribe Aaron Conklin looks back at his seven favorite videogames from the past year. more

Dec 22, 2017 1:51 PM Games

Madison’s gaming companies are reeling in new clients and venturing into some unexpected projects. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM News


Ryan Michael Wisniewski

Geeks Mania is a refuge for nostalgia seekers and next-gen gamers. The Odana Road arcade and comics/collectibles shop features pinball, vintage video games and gamer meeting space. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis

Educational game pioneers Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler had started to put UW-Madison on the map for video game development. But fed up with Wisconsin’s political climate, the couple are defecting to the University of California. more

Jul 25, 2016 2:53 PM News 8 Comments



The purveyors of “Limbo,” one of gaming’s most minimalist masterpieces, have returned to form with “Inside,” a creepy and compelling side-scrolling puzzle-platformer that’s completely dialogue- and text-free. more

Jul 15, 2016 2:45 PM Games


Jeri Casper

The “Pokémon Go” app turns every part of your real-world universe into a place to hunt for Nintendo’s ubiquitous pocket monsters, and it’s taken over the world — and Madison — like an Articuno hurricane move. more

Jul 12, 2016 4:33 PM Games

Will Nintendo’s new NX console be groundbreaking or another round of déjà vu? more

Apr 29, 2016 1:45 PM Games



There’s so much detail to admire in “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” beginning with the weather effects. Those snowflakes falling on the decimated streets of Brooklyn are enough to make you stop and notice everything else. more

Mar 16, 2016 4:30 PM Games


Laura Zastrow

Once known as “Juckerspiel,” the card game euchre was brought to Wisconsin by German immigrants. Lovers of the game keep the tradition alive every Monday night at the Madison Labor Temple Bar. more

Dec 23, 2015 5:00 AM Snapshot

A double-edged gift to aspiring video game level auteurs and hardcore fanboys, Nintendo’s new Wii U game “Super Mario Maker” puts the level design power directly into your hands. more

Sep 28, 2015 4:30 AM Games

The developers of new PS4 game “Until Dawn” clearly had a blast trying to mash up the often dopey conventions of teen horror movies, and for the most part they succeeded. more

Sep 12, 2015 8:00 AM Games

Pegasus Games, the oldest dedicated tabletop gaming store in Wisconsin, turns 35 at the end of this month. In celebration, there will be cake, limited-edition T-shirts and, of course, gaming the weekend of Aug. 29-30. more

Aug 21, 2015 9:10 AM Emphasis

A quarter-century is the equivalent of an eon in the tumultuous video game industry, but Raven Software is still soaring. Co-founder Brian Raffel recently discussed the highs, lows and unexpected twists of the Madison-based company’s first 25 years. more

Aug 20, 2015 3:35 PM Games


Alexei Vella

Games developers say with collaboration and critical mass they can compete with the coasts more

Aug 20, 2015 8:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Joe Giron/PokerNews

Is poker a game of chance or skill? Seth Jovaag runs down the odds with WORT-FM producer Dylan Brogan. Listen to the interview. more

Aug 4, 2015 10:23 AM News


Joe Giron/PokerNews

Is poker a game of chance or skill? The answer could determine whether a judge legalizes the game in Wisconsin. One local poker champ, and bar owner, says it’s obviously a game of skill. more

Aug 3, 2015 12:00 AM News

The storytelling is a big part of Madison-based Human Head Studios’ newest title “Lost Within,” available on iOS and Amazon Fire. “We built this for gamers who want a deeper narrative,” says project lead Chris Rhinehart. more

Apr 28, 2015 12:07 PM Games

Jon Hozier-Byrne and David Reilly traveled from Dublin, Ireland, to Madison to tape two episodes of "Beer & Board Games," a popular web series where four comedians drink beer while playing a board game. more

Mar 26, 2015 7:00 AM TV & Video


Chris Collins

It's a pretty safe bet that Paul Soglin never expected his mayoral campaign to include sharing a stage with Groot, Lando Calrissian and Chad Vader, but there he is, sandwiched between a remarkably accurate cosplay version of Marvel's regenerating ali more

Feb 9, 2015 12:08 AM A & E

If you want to drink a super-sized stein of the beer at home you'd better plan to move faster than the Avengers' Quicksilver: Only around 150 bottles will be available at local liquor purveyors... more

Feb 3, 2015 4:45 PM Beer