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Wisconsin town approves early plans for Gary Gygax memorial

Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (and thus many of the mechanics modern role-playing video games are based on), passed away a few years ago, and the interest trying to build a memorial for him in his hometown of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin has just cleared a hurdle with the local Board...

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Wisconsin jail outlaws Dungeons & Dragons

[Image: Wiki Commons] And here we thought Wisconsin couldn't get any more depressing. Kevin T. Singer, an inmate at Wisconsin's Waupun prison, has been upset with a policy enacted in 2004 that banned all Dungeons & Dragons in the jail. Officials there cited the game promotes gang behavior and...

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Wisconsin placing 5% tax on downloaded games, items

Wisconsin will implement a 5 percent sales tax on "digital goods" starting October 1, reports The Spectator. The tax is expected to raise $10.9 million over the next two years; meanwhile, the state currently has a $6 billion budget deficit. That's like trying to melt an iceberg by licking it. The...

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Wisconsin offers 25 percent tax break for game devs

Here's a little known fact about Wisconsin: Did you know that it's unlawful to run a bar in the state unless you have at least six fish hanging on the wall? And if this didn't sell you on the virtues of the Badger State, frankly get off our lawn. Unless, of course, you're a game developer with an...

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Wisconsin politician proposes 1% tax on video games

Another year, another silly bill that'll probably end with taxpayers having to pay an overzealous state's legal bills. Wisconsin Senator Jon Erpenbach is proposing a bill that will raise a child's age to be considered an adult in the state's criminal court from 17 to 18, but the way he wants to...

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Human Head survives fire, no data loss reported

Early Friday morning (late Thursday night for most), a devastating fire feasted on a historical building in Madison, Wisconsin. Local news coverage identified the multi-use building as home to Human Head Studios, developer of last year's long-incubated shooter Prey. Thankfully, the level designers...

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Human Head CEO quit in Nov, talks now

FiringSquad reports that Human Head CEO Timothy Gerritsen has left the studio; in fact, he did so shortly before Thanksgiving last year. When questioned, Gerritsen said he departed on friendly terms, but was driven to leave because of creative differences. Gerritsen did not like the direction the...

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