Casual games will weather the economic recession, according to MSNBC readers who say they’d rather cut back on traveling and eating than playing games. Reflexive Entertainment launches more than 70 Mac games, npost interviews Sandlot Games founder Daniel Bernstein, and Advertising Age gives us an interesting primer on in-game ads. Read these articles and more in our weekly casual games news roundup.


  • Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group serves up 1,600 new games, game development tools and gaming websites

  • AOL buys Bebo to move into social networking sphere

  • Gamook gets funding for casual games

  • Reflexive announces new Mac Arcade

  • Global Online Game Revenues = 90% PC Games

  • Gosen to head up Xbox casual games push

  • Her Interactive announces “Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice”

  • MumboJumbo launches Poker Superstars III at retail

  • Casual games drive Majesco turnaround

  • WorldWinner helps keep Boston in the game of casual games

  • Chinese gamers spending billions online

  • Digini unveils Blade3D game engine’s subscription-based pricing model, making game creation accessible to all


  • I Want to Buy in-Game Ads. Why Are So Many Parties Involved?

  • Cut back on games? Readers say no way

  • Casual Games Are the Future of Mobile Gaming, Says Namco Networks

  • Interview with Daniel Bernstein, Founder of Sandlot Games

  • Online ‘casual’ games for kids offer media firms new programming options

  • Casual Games is a booming and becomes a serious business; The Online Casual Gaming Industry!

  • Games Girls Play

  • Casual games make a serious impact

  • This Video Game Brought to You By…

  • Are Online Video Ads Really Engaging Viewers?

  • Crayon Physics Deluxe: An ingenious video game that looks like it was designed by a third-grader.

  • Hudson’s Low Wii Expectations