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

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 chatted with Lane Merrifield, one of the co-founders and current general manager, on… » 5/11/08 12:30pm 5/11/08 12:30pm