Video Games

Kratos dropping motivational dad-nuggets? It’s an immersive and moving new world in the new/reimagined “God of War” for PlayStation 4, writes Isthmus videogame critic Aaron R. Conklin. more


“Shadow of the Colossus” gets a gorgeous graphic overhaul. But it maintains its mid-aughts charm as you ride across the countryside to slay the big-ass beasts. more



Meag Sargent

Last year’s Indie Arcade was so popular, it ran two hours over. This year, the expanded event at Robinia Courtyard on Feb. 15 features 11 new games created by independent developers from the region. more

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


“The Evil Within 2” is a shockingly good sequel to the original, a head-tripping gore fest centered around a grizzled detective. more


Madison hosts M+ DEV, a major videogame developer conference that organizers hope will help boost Wisconsin’s place in the growing industry. more


The Madison office of Bluehole is reportedly an integral part of the company’s five-year plan to expand. One other local gaming company feels reassured that a foreign company saw “the potential in Madison as a strong game-development hub.” more



Aaron Conklin

UW-Madison grad Benedict Fritz is inspired by a cult video classic for the new indie game “Tumbleseed.” more


“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



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


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


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


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



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


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

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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



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


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




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


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​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