Month: January 2010

Activision to Release Percy Jackson & The Olympians Video Game

Activision Publishing, Inc. and Fox Licensing will release Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief for the Nintendo DS, based on the first title of Rick Riordan’s book series.  The role-playing video game allows players to navigate Percy Jackson and his fellow demigods as they battle for survival in a contemporary world ruled by Greek gods. The video game will hit store shelves February 9, while a movie of the same title, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, will release in theaters February...

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Winners Announced for the First Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) Awards

The winners for the Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) Awards were announced during the Kids@Play Summit, a part of the 2010 International CES. The first-ever awards show highlighted products, such as applications, video games, CD-ROMs, internet websites, and eBooks, that raised the bar for innovation and excellence. The 2010 winners are as followed: Best Children’s App:  Wheels on the Bus from Duck Duck Moose Design for tapping the potential of multi-touch for children Best Interactive Toy: Tag Reading System from LeapFrog Learning for using technology to help children decode print Best Children’s Website or Service: Deep Brain Stimulation from Edheads for empowering children with a powerful, realistic simulation. Best Music and Rhythm Product: The Beatles Rock Band from Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. for setting a new standard in the rhythm-game genre, and helping to bridge the generation gap. Best Computer Software: World of Goo by 2D Boy  and Brighter Minds Media for playfully introducing powerful scientific building concepts in a puzzle setting. Best Title for the Nintendo DS or DSi: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box by Level-5, Inc. and published by Nintendo for offering children a quality problem solving experience. Best Hardware or Peripheral Device for Kids: iPod Touch (2009 Edition) from Apple for giving children access to thousands of affordable multi-touch experiences. Best Informal Learning Experience: SCRATCH v. 1.4 from the MIT Media Lab for effective use...

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Gumby Creator Dies

Art Clokey, creator of the popular clay character Gumby (the first to star in clay animated television segments), died on Friday in Los Osos, Calif. Clokey was 88. Gumby debuted in the 1950s on The Howdy Doody Show after Clokey created a 3.5-minute film called Gumbasia, a parody of Disney’s Fantasia featuring clay objects changing shapes to jazz music. Gumby eventually moved on to his own show, The Adventures of...

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Hasbro Hires Former LeapFrog President

Hasbro, Inc. has hired Jerry Perez as senior vice president and global brand leader for the company’s worldwide preschool business.  In the role, Perez will lead global strategy, marketing, and merchandising for Hasbro’s preschool brand portfolio including Playskool, Mr. Potato Head, and Play-Doh. He will also lead global efforts around the recently announced Sesame Street toy and co-branded games license, in which the first products will be released in 2011. Perez has nearly 25 years of global and domestic toy industry experience. He has served as president of LeapFrog Enterprises, and held positions at companies such as Learning Curve, Fisher-Price, and Kenner, which was acquired by Hasbro in...

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