Zac Shipley

"Wolfenstein" seems content to mimic rather than bust the genre it created, though there's nothing wrong with that for a summer game. As an end-of-summer game with "Halo" and "Call of Duty" sequels on the horizon, though, it falls short. more

Sep 20, 2009 1:00 PM Games

Madison is already known for its tight-knit arts scene, including dedicated musicians and filmmakers, and now, thanks the expanded efforts of the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA), local video game developers are getting together too. The Madison chapter, which represents all of Wisconsin in the international organization, held its latest quarterly meeting at the downtown offices of the start-up Sharendipity. more

May 28, 2009 8:00 PM Games

Raven Software in Middleton has been putting together great PC and console games for years, including several titles based on Marvel comics characters. This fourth title, based on the clawed Wolverine from the X-Men comic series, arrives concurrent w more

May 7, 2009 7:00 PM Games

In the age of massive online multiplayer zombie hunts and motion-controlled bowling on home gaming systems, one old favorite has yet to be duplicated: pinball. It's an exciting game, based on skill, where a small silver ball is bounced across a table by player-controlled flippers on either side. Players earn points for hitting various targets. more

Mar 12, 2009 2:00 PM A & E



Overlooking Madison's Capitol Square, in a small, open office, four programmers are diligently working on the next great online game. The catch is they're not actually creating it. They're building the tools so that anyone, with or without experience, can create a web-based game that he or she can instantly share with anyone. The company is called Sharendipity. more

Jan 8, 2009 3:00 PM News


EA Games

The last several years have been wonderful for gamers, setting a ridiculously high bar. Was last year up to the challenge? I initially jumped at the chance to rant and rave at the best and worst of electronic entertainment in 2008, but I'm far from an unbiased professional. more

Jan 4, 2009 8:00 PM Games


Kristian Knutsen

A Winter Weather Advisory would keep most people in their homes, and would likewise keep most out-of-towners from venturing into Madison. That was not the case on Wednesday night for fans of B-movie icon Bruce Campbell, nor for the man himself, as he hosted four spirited screenings of his new film at Sundance Cinemas. more

Dec 4, 2008 6:52 PM Movies


Image Entertainment

Bruce Campbell is the epitome of the cult actor. With a tremendous debt to his fans, he is now touring the nation in support of "My Name Is Bruce". The Daily Page caught up with Campbell for a brief conversation during a break on his tour. more

Nov 28, 2008 7:00 PM Movies


Zac Shipley

With barely more than a week left until Election Day, there was bound to be a fringe group taking to the streets in a town as a deeply politically active as Madison. On Saturday afternoon, this very vocal minority made their moans heard. The zombies were back. more

Oct 26, 2008 7:00 PM MUSIC


Zac Shipley

One hero struggles with identity, searching for a cause in life, coming to grips with how he can bring hope to the world. Another hero stands tall, looking to maintain a long legacy of service, realizing only after losing his freedom how important it is to him. They are not the costumed, super-powered titans found only in the pages of comic books, though, but candidates for President of the United States. more

Oct 16, 2008 5:17 PM Books


Zac Shipley

One crisp October afternoon, a small music venue in downtown Madison was transformed into a nightclub of the living dead, when Doug Gordon and a small team of assistants shot scenes for "All You Need Is Brains", a terrifying glimpse into the zombie apocalypse. The reanimated masses clawing for the stage at The Frequency didn't just have a hunger for decaying flesh, though, they also wanted a piece of the band performing atop it: The Zombeatles! more

Oct 7, 2008 8:00 PM MUSIC

Music and video games have been naturally complimentary since the latter became complex enough to emit more than a single beep. Rhythm games have allowed players to experience music by tapping out beats on controllers, using dance pads, or even shaking maracas. But there has been no game as successful at simulating the truly American art form of rock 'n' roll as "Rock Band". more

Oct 2, 2008 8:30 PM Games

Brett Favre, a sure bet for the Football Hall of Fame and legendary quarterback for the Green Bay Packers was selected to be the athlete featured for the cover of "Madden 2009". Of course we're all well aware by now how the tribute to the temporarily more

Aug 28, 2008 4:09 PM Games


Kristian Knutsen

"I wanted an affordable, but cool place to come play games" says Jonathan Cain. He hopes Madnet CyberCafe will be that place. The bi-level store front located at the intersection of State, Gilman, and Broom streets will play host to casual players and tournament pros alike when opens its doors in early September. Walking in the front door, one is greeted by a pair of 52 inch televisions equipped with Xbox360 systems and a selection of games. Beyond that are a few stations equipped with high end gaming PCs. But a trip downstairs reveals the heart of the operation. more

Aug 21, 2008 4:38 PM Games


Scarybug Games

The online comic strip and blog Penny Arcade has been a leading tastemaker in the gaming world for nearly a decade now. It has reached new heights over the last five years with its own convention, the Penny Arcade Expo, held every August in Seattle. Though gamers from all over the nation will find a weekend of fun and competition at this year's con, Madison native Joe Rheaume will be an invited guest to show his hit time travel game "Chronotron". more

Aug 13, 2008 8:10 PM Games

The Fast Forward Skate Center at Verona Road and the Beltline has been the home to the Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby league for five years now. There the Dairyland Dolls take on a visiting squad from Baltimore in hardcore derby action this weekend, the latest in a summer of bouts culminating in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Eastern Regionals in Madison this October. But who said you shouldn't be able to play along at home? more

Jul 17, 2008 5:22 PM Games


Kristian Knutsen

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned in a speech on Father's Day that kids need to put down the video game controllers and pick up books. His message was clearly that while a book can be educational, playing a game is not. However, at the Games+Learning+Society Conference this week at Monona Terrace, hundreds of people at the intersection of gaming and learning are working to prove not only that games can be educational, but that many already are. more

Jul 11, 2008 8:45 PM Games

At the dawn of interactive entertainment, videogames were played in parlors called "arcades." Home equipment was prohibitively expensive, but for a few quarters one could play any variety of space shooters, puzzlers and sports simulations at the arcades. Home gaming has long been affordable and convenient, but something is missing from the arcade days: competition. Online gaming has brought players together worldwide, but the local camaraderie has been missing. more

Jul 1, 2008 9:12 PM Games


Zac Shipley

Science fiction has long explored virtual worlds, with regular folks getting to play out fantasies via computers. "The Matrix" taught kung fu to Keanu, and "Star Trek"'s Holodeck let Commander Data pretend to be Sherlock Holmes. In the here and now, WYOU Community Television took one more step toward this sci-fi future when it assembled musical amateurs for a contest using the hit video game "Rock Band". more

Apr 21, 2008 5:45 PM Games


Zac Shipley

One of biggest electronic gaming gatherings in the region, the Midwest Gaming Classic in Oconomowoc, is packed with two solid days of personal computers, pinball machines and pong paddles. Tournaments, high score challenges, and a classic game museum were all waiting for gamers who traveled hundreds of miles to test their skills in the eighth annual convention over the weekend. more

Apr 1, 2008 8:07 PM Games