Mad Rollin’ Dolls featured stars in new video game

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

The Mad Rollin’ Dolls are speeding in Madison for their sixth year. The Roller Derby bouts attract thousands of spectators of all ages to the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum and for the first time, fans are now able to play as their favorite Mad Rollin’ Doll on Jam City Rollergirls, a new game available for the Wii.

Jam City Rollergirls features five roller derby teams, two of which are from Wisconsin, the Brewcity Bruisers from Milwaukee and Madison’s own Dairyland Dolls.

Seeing the Mad Rollin’ Dolls live is quite an event. Each skater possesses a unique, intimidating name such as Rosetta Stoned or Chop Suzzy that best describes their personality on the track. Some of the skaters that you’re able to see on the track are also featured in the game.

Although the game at first is difficult to follow, a first timer can catch on quickly. There are two bouts, or games, for every show. Each bout consists of two 30 minute periods with episodes of play known as jams. Each jam is when the jammer, the skater with a star on her helmet, has opportunity to score points. She scores one point for every opponent she passes legally. Opponents push and shove into the jammer to prevent them from passing. Even though there are a few penalties, crashes and wipeouts are inevitable.

These ruthless girls know how to take a beating out on the track as speeds continue to climb and the risks become greater.

The fan base is much wider than any other sport. Crazy hair-dos and costumes make this crowd a fun and diverse sample of Madison at its greatest. Grandmas cheering for their team next to a five year old dressed as her favorite doll is not considered out of place as each team’s mascots entertain the crowds during down times.

Jam City Rollergirls concentrates mostly on the game of roller derby. It’s a fast paced recreation of the live bouts but add elements only a video game can. While the live show is a flat oval track, in the game the tracks are winding and have ramps and obstacles. At certain sections, a player is able to obtain a burst of speed or the ability to give a power shove to clear everyone out of their way.

It uses amazing designs to create five original tracks each personalized for each team. The Dairyland Dolls’ track features obstacles such as bales of hay, tractors and cows all the while zooming in and out of barns.

Each player is able to create their custom skater, balancing their skills for the track and even control how much they’re liked or hated by fans.

The Mad Rollin’ Dolls is a must see in Madison. The family friendly environment supplies an evening of entertainment that is second to none.

With tickets $12 at the door and $10 in advance, there is no excuse not to get out and see the local roller derby league. Jam City Rollergirls is now available for the Wii gaming system.