It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our weekly casual games news roundup. Click READ MORE for headlines from around the industry.

News

  • MTV Networks’ Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group puts a digital spin on classic Hasbro games featuring Dora The Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants

  • Merscom games added to Novint Falcon line-up

  • Sandlot Games’ Cake Mania nominated for UK’s prestigious BAFTA Awards

  • Verizon to put game face on FiOS TV

  • AOL rolls out AIM 6.5, taps into casual games

  • Hasbro’s NetJet targets young console gamers

  • Barry Diller’s IAC revamps IWon.com

  • Cooking Mama coming to mobile phones

  • “Game Funding 2.0” Bang Out Games offers casual game funding to independent developers

    Features

  • Move over Halo 3: Online games offer free play

  • Community is a key word in Barcelona

  • Q&A: Double Fusion’s Epstein on the back catalog ad game

  • The New Masters Of The Universe: Lorne Abony – It’s not all fun and games for the deal-maker behind Fun Technologies

  • DNA India: Gaming’s distaff gains are showing already