It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our weekly news roundup where we bring you all the industry headlines and features that were fit to print.


  • AOL relaunches portal

  • Freeverse relaunches casual game site

  • Nolan Bushnell joins NeoEdge Networks to back ad-supported games

  • NIS America expands into casual gaming

  • Offermatica extends influence to casual games

  • Attack of the casual gaming sites

  • Holiday video gaming that spans generations: casual meets console

  • Put casual games in a social blender, get doof

  • Rare help Microsoft compete with Nintendo


  • A chat with EA Casual Games chief Kathy Vrabeck

  • Q&A: Meebo’s Sternberg on integrating games and chat

  • Casual game makers focus on fun for all

  • Q&A: Double Fusion’s Jonathan Epstein on in-game advertising

  • Popcap drives conversions, not impressions

  • Oberon Media on the potential for MySpace Games

  • Going to extremes: CobraMobile’s move to mobile 3D and PC casual games explained