The sun is pummeling us with UV rays, the thermometer reads “too hot,” and no one is releasing any games. It’s the heart of summer, and you should jump into this nice, cool roundup of GamesBeat news and stories to stave off boredom.

Below, you’ll read about how Blizzard’s collectible-card game Hearthstone is sliding down the iPad charts, how eight games emerged from “development hell,” and what we’re looking forward to for the rest of the year.

Now, go and partake in the fruits of our labor and have an excellent weekend.

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Gamers line up for a midnight launch at GameStop.

Above: Gamers line up for a midnight launch at GameStop.

Image Credit: GameStop


Cascade from Big Fish.

Above: Cascade from Big Fish.

Image Credit: Big Fish Games

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Previews and interviews