Watch Hearthstone: Journey to Un’Goro’s new card reveals live here

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Watch Hearthstone: Journey to Un’Goro’s new card reveals live here

We’re a month or so out from the release of Journey to Un’Goro, the latest expansion set for Hearthstone, and it seems developer Blizzard is finally ready to start unveiling some of the cards that will be featured in the new expansion.

In a livestream beginning today at 11 a.m. PT, Hearthstone senior designer Peter Whalen will be joined by popular streamer Sean “Day9” Plott to show off new cards and discuss more about the expansion. Blizzard hasn’t specified how many cards will be revealed today, but with 135 planned for the expansion, they could show quite a few and still have room to spread out more reveals over the course of the next month.

Nintendo Switch back in stock at GameStop next week

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Nintendo Switch back in stock at GameStop next week

GameStop will have Nintendo Switch systems in stock next week, thanks to an “additional allotment” of consoles, the retailer announced today.

Those Switch units will be available to buy in GameStop stores “as early as Wednesday, March 22,” the company said in a news release.

Sonic Forces’ first gameplay looks like the 3D Sonic games you know

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Sonic Forces’ first gameplay looks like the 3D Sonic games you know

Sega today revealed the first gameplay footage of Sonic Forces, the “modern Sonic” game previously known as Project Sonic or Sonic 2017.

Aside from a graphical upgrade, Sonic Forces looks similar to the kinds of 3D games that Sonic fans have seen before — Sonic Colors, which was released on the Wii and Nintendo DS in 2010, comes to mind. The camera sits behind the titular hedgehog as he races through city streets; the player mostly holds up on the analog stick while jumping occasionally.

Nintendo Switch’s internal memory offers fastest load times

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Nintendo Switch’s internal memory offers fastest load times

The Nintendo Switch only offers 32 GB of internal storage, but a video report from Digital Foundry shows that the system’s internal memory offers the fastest download speeds when compared to using a dedicated game cartridge or an additional MicroSD card.

You can watch the full video above, but the takeaway is that loading times improved significantly when playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild from the Switch’s internal storage. There was very little difference between the loading times of third-party MicroSD cards, even when using cards of differing speeds.

Monopoly’s losing more than a few tokens — it’s losing the plot

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Monopoly’s losing more than a few tokens — it’s losing the plot

The results are in: Later this year, Monopoly’s losing three iconic tokens, and gaining some ... curious pieces in their place.

The next version of the board game will hit retail this fall without the boot and wheelbarrow tokens, which have been included in the game since 1937. These are departing alongside the thimble, a piece Hasbro retired last month to a mix of disappointment and confusion.

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s weird animations won’t get fixed with day-one patch

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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s weird animations won’t get fixed with day-one patch

Following complaints from fans and critics that some of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s animations were flawed, the game’s lead developer said a fix won’t be coming at launch.

BioWare’s Ian Frazier was taking questions on Twitter from fans about the game when he was asked about the animations. One Twitter user wanted to know if the obvious animation breakdowns seen in the game — as uploaded by those playing advanced copies — would be fixed with a day-one patch.

This video game is also an infographic

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This video game is also an infographic

At the recent Game Developers Conference, I saw a strange little game. Lily has just a single character, who doesn't speak a word. There's very little action and no strategy. There are no puzzles, no stories and no locations.

But I like Lily very much. It has something important to say on an individual level. But it also suggests new ways to impart complex layers of information that might otherwise seem hard to digest.

Report: Nintendo doubling Switch production to meet demand

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Report: Nintendo doubling Switch production to meet demand

The initial shipments of Nintendo’s Switch console have sold out, and the hardware is now being sold for around $450 by third-party sellers on the gray market. The company sold an estimated 1.5 million systems in the first week. Nintendo is now doubling production to try to meet the demand, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“In the fiscal year starting April 2017, assemblers under contract with Nintendo are now planning to manufacture 16 million or more Switches, up from an initial plan for eight million, said people briefed on the plans,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “Even after accounting for inventory, that suggests Nintendo believes it can sell significantly more than 10 million units during the 12-month period, they said, beating expectations of many analysts.”

Spider-Man spinoff Venom coming to movie theaters in 2018

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Spider-Man spinoff Venom coming to movie theaters in 2018

Sony Pictures is bringing Spider-Man’s longtime nemesis Venom to movie theaters in a stand-alone film next year. Venom will be hit theaters Oct. 5, 2018, according to a report from Variety.

Venom was one of a handful of Spider-Man-related projects in the works at Sony prior to a deal struck with Marvel Studios to bring the webslinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While other projects, like a movie based on the supervillain team Sinister Six, were scrapped, Venom has persisted in some form of development through the years.

League of Legends director: LGBT characters will appear in the game ‘at some point’

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League of Legends director: LGBT characters will appear in the game ‘at some point’

A couple of weeks ago at the Game Developers Conference, League of Legends design director Greg Street gave a talk on the constant struggle to balance an incredibly complex game like League. Before that talk, Polygon spoke with Street on a wide variety of topics, from class updates to upcoming champion redesigns.

During that conversation, we got onto the topic of the growing fandom surrounding different characters in League of Legends, and how some parts of the fan base may not see much representation in game yet. So will the game see champions who are openly identified as not straight? Street says yes, eventually.