Video Games

A new generation of game consoles beckons, but there was much to appreciate in 2019. Read more


Madison-based Flippfly Games is getting creative with funding. They have been rolling out “tiny games” in anticipation of a big new release, “Cats Fly Helicopters.” Read more


2018 was a year of landmark anniversaries and epic releases. Isthmus gaming guru Aaron Conklin shares his picks for the games that stuck with him. Read more



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Madison’s videogame development scene continues to flourish, with heavy hitters and studios popping up all over the place. Here’s Aaron R. Conklin’s guide to the players, from A to Z. Read more

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The brothers from Flippfly create a new game, “Evergarden,” a fascinating tribute to their late mother. Read more


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. Read 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. Read more



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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. Read more

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


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


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



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


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


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

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