Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Update Makes Game Even More Pleasant – Again

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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Update Makes Game Even More Pleasant – Again

Nintendo has released an update for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, that brings the game up to version 1.1.1. If you're curious about what, specifically, the update adds, don't expect answers anytime soon. Nintendo's patch note is about as cryptic as can be.

Nintendo Support says of 1.1.1, "Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience." And that's it. Some players are reporting that the update smooths out some of the game's frame-rate issues, but our Zelda expert Kyle Hilliard played with it this morning and said that those improvements are imperceptible, if they're even present.

The game's first update came out earlier in the month, adding an eShop link on the title screen and bringing the game to version 1.1.0. In addition, "Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience." Great!

Check Out The First Trailer For DanTDM's New YouTube Red Show

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Check Out The First Trailer For DanTDM's New YouTube Red Show

If you're familiar with Minecraft streaming or have younger family members who are, there's a good chance that the name DanTDM rings a bell. The popular streamer has created a sizable audience with his enthusiastic, kid-friendly videos that feature Mojang's game and scores of other weird titles, and he lent his vocal talents to Minecraft: Story Mode's sixth episode. Dan is starring in an upcoming YouTube Red Original show, too, and we've got the first look at the official trailer. 

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DanTDM Creates a Big Scene features Dan and his rambunctious cast of friends (including Danielle Tabor from the Harry Potter films) as they work to put together a live show, similar to the one he's touring throughout Australia and the U.S. It's silly stuff – expect cartoon pigs and talking pugs – but fans of DanTDM probably wouldn't have it any other way.

Ms. Pac-Man Now Playable On Google Maps

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Ms. Pac-Man Now Playable On Google Maps

April Fools Day has come a bit early for Google, who stayed true to their yearly tradition of playing with Google Maps this year by making classic arcade game Ms. Pac-Man playable inside the map service. Players can take control of Ms. Pac-Man and chase ghosts to their hearts' content through any locale on Google Maps. It's a fun little distraction that plays off of previous April Fools gimmicks, particularly the ability to play Pac-Man.

Pac-fans eager to get their fix can head over to Google Maps and start playing by clicking the small Pac-Man icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. 

Gentle Giant Ltd. Announces Darth Revan Collector's Statue

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Gentle Giant Ltd. Announces Darth Revan Collector's Statue

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars Expanded Universe is the mysterious Darth Revan. Originally featured in Bioware's acclaimed RPG, Knights of the Old Republic, the character went on to appear in novels and comic books, and even Bioware's MMO follow-up, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Now, Gentle Giant Ltd., the company behind a great many high-quality collectibles, has announced a statue based on the legendary Sith icon. The figure will be formally unveiled at Star Wars Celebration in mid-April, but for now, we have this stunning concept art at which to longingly gaze.

Star Wars Celebration runs from April 13-16, and will feature the first trailer for the highly-anticipated Battlefront II.

40 Percent Of UK Game Developers Contemplating Relocation Over Brexit

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40 Percent Of UK Game Developers Contemplating Relocation Over Brexit

An industry survey in the United Kingdom reveals that game developers in the country have deep concerns about the effect of departure from the European Union.

Game industry organization Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment) has completed and released its 2017 report about game development in the United Kingdom, and the details within suggest that U.K. developers have some deep concerns over what Brexit may mean for them.

40 percent of the 76 developers that responded are considering relocating some or all of their business away from the U.K. to other countries. A driving concern for developers is available talent, as many teams (61 percent of respondents) rely strongly on international talent to fuel their development. 

Mad Catz Interactive Files For Bankruptcy

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Mad Catz Interactive Files For Bankruptcy

Fight-stick manufacturer and Rock Band 4 publisher Mad Catz Interactive has filed for bankruptcy protections under Canada's Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, with its subsidiary Mad Catz Inc. seeking chapter 7 bankruptcy relief in the United States. All of the company's directors and officers resigned yesterday.

“Regrettably and notwithstanding that for a significant amount of time the Company has been actively pursuing its strategic alternatives, including various near term financing alternatives such as bank financing and equity infusions, as well as potential sales of certain assets of the Company or a sale of the Company in its entirety, the Company has been unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems," wrote Karen McGinnis, president and CEO. "The Board of Directors and management would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the Company’s employees in support of its business, especially during the time that the Company faced financial difficulties. The Company would also like to thank the vendors and professional service providers who have supported the Company’s efforts during this time.”

Reader Discussion – Do You Listen To Game Soundtracks When Not Playing?

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Reader Discussion – Do You Listen To Game Soundtracks When Not Playing?

For my entire life, I've been a big fan of the music that often accompanies our most memorable gaming moments. Growing up, I adored the soundtracks from series like Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Legend of Zelda, but I never really thought of them outside of the context of those games.

In recent years, I've begun listening to game soundtracks more and more when I'm not playing. I've added musical collections from games like Final Fantasy X, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, and Overwatch to my phone. I've found that when I put these soundtracks on in the background, they not only help me focus, but they immediately make me want to go play through these games all over again.

Do you ever listen to video game soundtracks when you're not playing? If so, which soundtracks do you tend to go for? Does hearing the soundtrack make you want to play the game again? Do you ever listen to soundtracks to games you've never played, or played and weren't a fan of?

CD Projekt Announces 25 Million Copies Of The Witcher Games Sold

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CD Projekt Announces 25 Million Copies Of The Witcher Games Sold

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is viewed by many as one of the biggest achievements of this video game generation to this point. In addition to winning our 2015 Game of the Year award, many point to the third entry in The Witcher series as an exemplary case study in open-world, side-quest, and narrative design. However, the series as a whole recently reached an impressive milestone according to developer CD Projekt's financial report.

The company reports that since the debut release of The Witcher series in 2007, the team has sold 25 million copies across the three entries in the series. CD Projekt also says that sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its expansions have topped 1 billion PLN (approximately $253.7 million), which has enabled the studio to embark on additional titles like the previously announced Cyberpunk 2077.

In addition, the company reports 584 million PLN in sales revenue (approximately $148.1 million), with 251 million PLN in net profit (approximately $63.7 million) in 2016. These numbers were aided by the sales on CD Projekt's digital distribution retailer GOG.com

Joss Whedon Set To Write And Direct Standalone Batgirl Film

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Joss Whedon Set To Write And Direct Standalone Batgirl Film

As reported by Variety, Avengers director Joss Whedon is in talks to write and direct a standalone Batgirl film for the DC Extended Universe of films. While there are currently no producers attached to the project, Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group will be overseeing the production, along with Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. You can read the full article here.

The DCEU has had a tough time turning out films that please fans or critics, despite having talent such as David Ayer or Zack Snyder behind the camera. Hopefully Whedon won't have any problem bringing his trademark mix of wit and charm to a character like Batgirl.

In video games, Batgirl's last major appearance came in the Batman: Arkham Knight DLC "A Matter of Family", which you can read more about here.

New Wipeout: Omega Collection Trailer Reveals Summer Release Date

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New Wipeout: Omega Collection Trailer Reveals Summer Release Date

The Wipeout series can trace its origins back to the original PlayStation; while entries in the series have appeared on PC, Sega Saturn, and Nintendo 64, it's commonly regarded as a Sony franchise. Every entry from 1999's Wipeout 3 onwards has been exclusive to Sony platforms.

Wipeout: Omega Collection, brings together three of the best games in the franchise and ports them to PlayStation 4. This remaster collects 2008's Wipeout HD, its 2009 expansion, HD Fury, and 2012's Wipeout 2048 and gives them a fresh coat of high-definition paint. The games target 60 FPS at full HD resolution on PlayStation 4, and 4K resolution on the PS4 Pro.

You can check out the trailer for the collection, which shows off the series' signature sense of blistering speed, wild power-ups, and crisp graphics below.