Video Games

“Persona 5” is an irresistible entry in the longtime role-playing series. Its stunning stylistic touches will transport you to the city of Tokyo, and a huge cast of characters springs to life. more

Apr 6, 2017 12:45 PM Games


Joel Hansen

Madison has the longest-running public tournament in the United States dedicated to “Tecmo Super Bowl,” an ancient video football game for the original Nintendo. And it lives on. more

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM Sports

Find out which games spent the most time in Aaron R. Conklin’s game queue. more

Dec 27, 2016 11:39 AM Games

The much-anticipated “Dishonored 2” doesn’t have much new in the way of plot. But the jaw-dropping array of magical abilities will keep you entertained. more

Nov 17, 2016 12:58 PM Games

The independent game developers just released a PlayStation 4 port of the PC racing game “Absolute Drift.” more

Aug 25, 2016 4:45 PM Games


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 7 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

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Jeff Miller/UW-Madison

​Some autistic children struggle with balance skills. A UW team has developed a Wii computer game that it hopes might give them a leg up. more

Feb 24, 2016 3:24 PM News



The new "Fire Emblem: Fates" splits a sprawling storyline into two separate, seemingly full-priced games called "Birthright" and "Conquest," where your relatives, friends and confidantes can suddenly become sworn enemies. more

Feb 23, 2016 3:54 PM Games


Leslie Magid Higgins

​Since developing Xbox, Robbie Bach is preaching the gospel of becoming “civic engineers” in our communities. more

Jan 21, 2016 5:00 AM News

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

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

​Years ago, “games for learning” was code word for “boring.” But Madison’s Filament games has helped make them a hot trend in education. more

Aug 7, 2015 8:30 AM News

After six years and three sequels, the Dark Knight gets both his next-gen due and his hard-won reward in “Arkham Knight,” a sprawling adventure that brings the video game series to a logical and satisfying conclusion. more

Jun 30, 2015 5:32 PM Games