MLB The Show’s addition of the minor leagues is a major deal

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MLB The Show’s addition of the minor leagues is a major deal

Look, I got nothing against Josh VanMeter. I hope the guy has a long, productive career as a professional baseball player. But man, did I groan when he got called up to the Cincinnati Reds the season after I did in MLB The Show 19.

That’s because I was using a custom roster file, created by a group of die-hard MLB The Show players and shared for free within the game, that took out all the ringers in the game’s minor league simulation and replaced them with real-life prospects. Overall, these fan editors did a colossal job entering and illustrating some 1,500 players with a DualShock 4 controller. But every time VanMeter came to the plate, announcer Matt Vasgersian would call him “Van Mehta,” and it was like dragging nails across a chalkboard. I thought I’d left that behind in Triple-A Indianapolis.

Magic: The Gathering documentary on the way from the team behind The Toys That Made Us

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Magic: The Gathering documentary on the way from the team behind The Toys That Made Us

Magic: The Gathering is getting a documentary, titled Igniting the Spark, The Story of Magic: The Gathering, chronicling the game’s history since its 1993 release.

The Toys That Made Us producer Brian Stillman will be co-directing alongside Kelly Slagle, who had a hand in the creation of a documentary about Dungeons & Dragons called Of Dice and Men. In the producer’s role is Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of The Nacelle Company and the same man behind Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us and The Movies That Made Us. All told, it sounds like the perfect team to cover Magic’s 25-plus-year history.

This Sonic the Hedgehog plush is non-canon, because you can see his feet

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This Sonic the Hedgehog plush is non-canon, because you can see his feet

If there’s one thing we know about Sonic the Hedgehog — aside from this predilections for going fast and eating chili dogs — it’s that he doesn’t like to take his shoes off. Or rather, Sega doesn’t like it when he takes his shoes off, which is why we never see Sonic’s feet in video games. They are always contained within bright red shoes, and that’s canon.

But thanks to the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie and plush toy maker Build-A-Bear Workshop, we now have a way to experience the blue blur barefoot. Build-A-Bear is selling a Sonic the Hedgehog (movie version) stuffed animal with the shoes off for $29.99, which honestly makes him look extremely naked. But if you want a canon, fully accessorized Sonic plush, you can buy him as a Build-A-Bear’s collector’s gift set, which comes with red sneakers and a gold ring “wristie.” That set will cost you $46.

Some Shiny Pokémon look different in Pokémon Home

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Some Shiny Pokémon look different in Pokémon Home

Pokémon fans have spent the week transferring their collections into Pokémon Home, the cloud-based storage app that makes shifting compendiums between games easier. Through this process, some users have found that some rare monsters’ looks have been updated.

The most obvious upgrade was the first to be noticed by players. Shiny Pokémon — rare variants of the basic creatures — have sprites in Pokémon Home that actually show they’re Shiny now. You can see it at a glance now, without having to tap the critter and read its description.

But, some Shiny models themselves have actually changed as well. Castform, a monster that can morph into various forms depending on the weather, now has Shiny colors to match each of its variants, for example.

This Dreams remake of the Stardew Valley town is beautiful

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This Dreams remake of the Stardew Valley town is beautiful

Pelican Town from Stardew Valley has been given a wonderful new life in Dreams, the PlayStation 4 exclusive design toolkit from Media Molecule.

Twitch streamer Tooshi remade the charming town in 3D, down to the bushes, trees and lampposts. Players can walk around the town in first-person, though sadly none of the buildings are able to be entered. Their version of Pelican Town is accurate, down to the weirdly-placed fenced area in the top left of the map. The recreation is simple and it doesn’t use any hyper realistic textures, but that’s the way it should be. It expresses the same kind of earnestness that makes Stardew Valley itself so charming.

Castlevania season 3 trailer heralds a March 5 release on Netflix

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Castlevania season 3 trailer heralds a March 5 release on Netflix

Netflix’s Castlevania anime returns to the streaming service on March 5, and the stakes have never been higher. Dracula is dead, as Alucard reminds us in the new trailer for Castlevania season 3, but there’s plenty of evil still left to contend with in Wallachia.

Our heroes, Sypha Belnades, Trevor Belmont, and Alucard, are still out here battling the forces of darkness in season 3. And animated house Powerhouse Studios appears to have stepped things up for the third season, with hints of some incredibly dynamic action in the new Castlevania trailer. Eagle-eyed Castlevania fans will spot some familiar enemies — including Legion (aka Granfaloon) and Malachi — being teased here.

State of Decay 2’s next free update is a huge overhaul

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State of Decay 2’s next free update is a huge overhaul

State of Decay 2 is getting a big, free update that veers closer to a No Man’s Sky-style overhaul than a run-of-the-mill content patch.

Developer Undead Labs is calling the update the “Juggernaut Edition,” and it’s a wide-ranging remaster of State of Decay 2’s graphics and audio. In addition, there are numerous other changes aimed at improving the game’s quality of life, from the tutorial (which is now expanded significantly to make the base-building elements clearer), to cleaning up combat, and smoothing out the pacing of legacy runs. The Juggernaut Edition also packs in previous expansions, including the side campaign Heartland, and makes them free to everyone, too.

Streamer carries a 9-year-old to max rank in Destiny 2’s Crucible

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Streamer carries a 9-year-old to max rank in Destiny 2’s Crucible

In what is almost certainly the most wholesome video of 2020 so far, Destiny content creator Fallout Plays and his pal Ryan helped carry a 9-year-old child to max rank in Destiny 2’s competitive multiplayer playlist.

The nearly 20-minute video is mostly gameplay, where Fallout and Ryan have lovely conversation with CJ, the Destiny-loving child. There are highlights of CJ making clutch plays, as well as the kind of nonsense you’d expect to hear from a kid over several hours.

Untitled Goose Game wins game of the year, a feat the developers thought was ‘impossible’

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Untitled Goose Game wins game of the year, a feat the developers thought was ‘impossible’

Untitled Goose Game already had its moment in the sun during The Game Awards in December, but that awful little bird was back again this week, winning game of the year (among other honors) at the 2020 DICE Awards.

It’s a remarkable feat for the tiny team at Melbourne, Australia-based House House, which was unable to attend the awards in person. “This is such an incredible, surreal honour,” the studio said in a tweet, adding that it was a challenge even recording an acceptance speech on video because “it was impossible to imagine actually winning.” The other contenders for the top prize this year were Remedy Entertainment’s Control, Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding, ZA/UM’s Disco Elysium, and Mobius Digital Games’ Outer Wilds.

A Pokémon game will finally let Professor Oak go into battle for the first time

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A Pokémon game will finally let Professor Oak go into battle for the first time

Once upon a time, before he was a star researcher in the world of Pokémon, Professor Oak was a trainer. We never get to see this side of him, though — often, he just gives you a starter monster and then goes on to act as your adviser. Well, until now.

A Pokémon Masters update hitting Friday will introduce Professor Oak as a sync pair, and the Pokémon expert will come equipped with a legendary Mew that he will use in battle with the player. Anyone who completes the tutorial by March 15 will get the character. Masters will include a sync pair story that will explain how the Professor met Mew, and additional content will also include some of his friends, such as Agatha.