GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

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THQ’s Brian Farrell laughs about purple dildos and Space Marines (interview)

Brian Farrell is the longtime chief executive of THQ, the publicly traded video game publisher based in Calabasas, Calif. THQ is in the midst of a turnaround effort as it focuses on better, higher-quality games like many other large rivals in the video game business. THQ is making big bets on titles such as Saints Row the Third, Metro Last Light, Margaritaville, Space Marine, and others. (My preview coverage of Space Marine raised quite a stir, but Farrell was quite diplomatic about that.) Farrell a good-humored executive who is doubling down on big titles and is expanding into new digital games. We met up with him for an interview at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles last week, where the company showed off a bunch of major titles.

Second Starcraft II episode “Heart of the Swarm” trailer leaked

A trailer for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm — the second episode of Activision-Blizzard’s massively popular real-time strategy (RTS) game franchise — found its way onto the Internet over the weekend and has appeared on video streaming site YouTube.

Can e-sports be bigger than golf? (Q&A)

Justin.tv, a site that lets web browsers watch and publish live video streams, started recruiting additional developers to build an exclusive electronic sports live-streaming website for games like real-time strategy game Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty in March. It’s part of the company’s plan to make electronic sports just as popular as typical sports are in American households.

Blizzard classics not coming to App Stores any time soon

Classics made by World of Warcraft creator Blizzard, such as the Lost Vikings or Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, won’t be coming to the Apple App Store or any other app marketplace any time soon, Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime (pictured left) said at the Blizzcon event in Anaheim, Calif. today.