Entries in 'casual' (173)

US: Digital casual games come to retail

US: Digital casual games come to retail

Online monetization firm PlaySpan has announced that a new code card range in conjunction with PBS Kids Play called Ultimate Game Card that will be stocked in over 800 of ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 9th 2009 at 6:19PM in News
CyberSports: Free Realms deserves an award

CyberSports: Free Realms deserves an award

Fill in a form, decipher the captcha, click the verification email, download the client – getting going in even the simplest MMO can be hard work, and the developer of ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 7th 2009 at 12:13PM in News
Web games to rule all by 2013?

Web games to rule all by 2013?

The rise of the web-based casual (and sometime not so casual) game has certainly been a quick one, but one of the sector’s leading execs believes bigger things lay ahead ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 23rd 2009 at 3:21PM in News
EA points to possible casual acquisitions

EA points to possible casual acquisitions

Publisher EA has heaped praise on the emerging business models being pioneered by the online casual games market, fuelling the fire in the bellies of those who still believe the ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 18th 2009 at 11:22AM in News

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AT&T reveals $1m+ gaming roadmap

AT&T reveals $1m+ gaming roadmap

Best known to gamers as being the sole carrier of Apple’s iPhone in North America, AT&T has revealed a number of ambitious gaming initiatives designed to propel it to the ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 17th 2009 at 5:09PM in News
ThatGameCompany heading to 360?

ThatGameCompany heading to 360?

It has been revealed that ThatGameCompany’s exclusivity deal with PlayStation is only for three titles, meaning that after the release of its next project the studio will be free to ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 17th 2009 at 4:38PM in News
'Large female presence' in Sims 3 dev team

'Large female presence' in Sims 3 dev team

Speaking exclusively to MCV’s sister CasualGaming.biz as part of its Girl Gaming Month, The Sims 3’s associate producer Grant Rodiek has stated that the game’s development team deliberately houses more ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 27th 2009 at 6:37PM in News
Nintendo insists casual is not taking over the market

Nintendo insists casual is not taking over the market

Speaking to CasualGaming.biz as part of its Girl Gaming Month, Nintendo’s UK Wii product manager Rob Lowe has stated that the rise in popularity of casual software has not ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 26th 2009 at 11:59AM in News

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Plants vs Zombies bridges the hardcore-casual divide

Plants vs Zombies bridges the hardcore-casual divide

Despite having been on the market for just a little over two weeks, Plants vs Zombies is already on track to become PopCap’s best ever selling game – an impressive ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 22nd 2009 at 3:44PM in News
Bilbo and Sauron getting casual makeover

Bilbo and Sauron getting casual makeover

The large-scale brawls of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy may have to date proved more suited to button-bashing console brawlers, but Warner is hoping to win over ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 21st 2009 at 1:12PM in News
Triple-A dev model ‘no longer appealing’

Triple-A dev model ‘no longer appealing’

Speaking to MCV sister site CasualGaming.biz, the business development director of Strawdog Studios Dan Marchant has stated that the triple-A games development model is not as appealing to the wider ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 20th 2009 at 6:11PM in News
Sony to give PSP casual sector marketing boost

Sony to give PSP casual sector marketing boost

2009 is looking to be a big year for Sony’s once written off PSP, and ahead of the announcement of a redesigned unit at E3 next month Sony has revealed ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 20th 2009 at 2:04PM in News

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Fluffy Logic: Gaming went mainstream when it became useful

Fluffy Logic: Gaming went mainstream when it became useful

SingStar, Wii Sports, Brain Training – it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment gaming went mainstream, but Fluffy Logic CEO Ana Kronschnabl claims that the real change happened when gaming ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 14th 2009 at 4:21PM in News
Petz series sells 3m in EMEA

Petz series sells 3m in EMEA

French publisher Ubisoft has told MCV’s sister site CasualGaming.biz that its successful Petz series on DS and Wii has now sold 3m units across EMEA regions.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 13th 2009 at 4:48PM in News
Naughty Dog founders form Monkey Gods

Naughty Dog founders form Monkey Gods

Jason Rubin and Andrew Gavin – the co-founders of acclaimed Jak and Daxter and Uncharted developer Naughty Dogg – have joined forces with HBO media consultant Jason Kay to form ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 13th 2009 at 1:11PM in News
Senior exec calls for opening up of casual games platforms

Senior exec calls for opening up of casual games platforms

Writing exclusively for CasualGaming.biz, PopCap’s senior director of business development for Asia Pacific Giordano Bruno Contestabile has called for casual games publishers to open up their platforms in an effort ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 6th 2009 at 2:01PM in News

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Casual-orientated EA Sports Complex arrives on Home

Casual-orientated EA Sports Complex arrives on Home

EA’s long-awaited Sports Complex has gone live on Sony’s PlayStation Home service, brining with it a number of multiplayer casual titles.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 24th 2009 at 12:13PM in News
PS2 legacy to help PS3 win over casual market

PS2 legacy to help PS3 win over casual market

Long before Nintendo unleashed the DS and Wii, Sony was winning over a new type of family gamer with titles such as SingStar, EyeToy and Buzz – and that PS2 ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 21st 2009 at 1:47PM in News
Rabbids get standalone Wii title

Rabbids get standalone Wii title

After three successful tie-ups with long-standing games favourite Rayman, French publisher Ubisoft is to let the Rabbids branch out later this year with a brand new standalone title making its ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 15th 2009 at 11:35AM in News
PopCap's Plants vs Zombies rises into view

PopCap's Plants vs Zombies rises into view

It’s being coy with the details, but PopCap has finally revealed the title of its brand new casual games franchise – Plants vs. Zombies.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 2nd 2009 at 11:56AM in News
New casual games portal arrives from AOL

New casual games portal arrives from AOL

Leading internet firm AOL has lifted the lid on its brand new casual games site FlytrapGames.com, which it hopes will tap into the ever-growing casual games community.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 1st 2009 at 1:49PM in News
Gazillion working on “six or seven” MMO games

Gazillion working on “six or seven” MMO games

Newly revealed MMO developer Gazillion has claimed that it is working on “six or seven” titles at the moment, and that its intention is to take the currently hardcore-centric MMO ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 31st 2009 at 11:40AM in News
PopCap: The ‘end’ of retail still a long way off

PopCap: The ‘end’ of retail still a long way off

Leading casual games developer PopCap has stated that High Street retail still forms a vital part of its business plan as it allows the company to reach customers that remain ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 30th 2009 at 6:17PM in News
PixelJunk Eden made quick money

PixelJunk Eden made quick money

Japanese developer Q-Games has stated that its most recent PS3 release for Sony’s PS3, PixelJunk Eden, turned a profit within 24 hours of it being released onto Sony’s service.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 26th 2009 at 12:50PM in News
Metaboli eyes casual expansion

Metaboli eyes casual expansion

Leading PC games brand Metaboli has told MCV sister site CasualGaming.biz that casual is a big part of its future plans, revealing two new family-specific subscription bundles in the process.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 23rd 2009 at 3:42PM in News