THQ Sheds the Kid Gloves to Focus on Hardcore Games

Following the failure of its uDraw tablet for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and December's shutdown of it's children's game division, THQ has officially announced today that it's focusing on its core franchises. So Spongebob is out, UFC, Darksiders, Company of Heroes, inSANE, Saints Row and Warhammer 40,000 are in. » 1/25/12 9:15am 1/25/12 9:15am

Tinkatolli May Be the First Video Game that Gives Your Kids Points for Leaving the Game to Go Outside

Most browser-based online games desperately want you to keep playing as much as you can—there's always another level to gain, more of your friends that need persuading to join, items to unlock and buy that will keep you in front of the screen clicking away even longer. » 7/06/11 8:00pm 7/06/11 8:00pm

Cartoon Network Eying Chinese Market for Casual Games

Just joining the rest of the world in pursuing the magical (giant) Chinese market, Cartoon Network has announced that it is commissioning SinoTech, a Beijing firm, to create games based on CN-owned properties as well as SinoTech IPs. The games will first be targeted at the pan-Asian site and a site localized for… » 10/19/08 4:30pm 10/19/08 4:30pm

Talking Club Penguin, Disney, and 'Emergent Play'

I'm really fascinated by the success of MMOs aimed at kids — both in terms of their current (and potential) earning power, as well as the attachment people have to them. Club Penguin has been a massive success, and GamesIndustry.biz chatted with Lane Merrifield, one of the co-founders and current general manager, on… » 5/11/08 12:30pm 5/11/08 12:30pm