The guy behind the DK Rap is back at it again

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The guy behind the DK Rap is back at it again

Grant Kirkhope, formerly of Rare and now working on Playtonic Games’ Yooka-Laylee, is a fantastic composer. What he’s not very good at is rapping, according to his own metrics. That hasn’t stopped him from laying down some fire new verses over a classic beat that old-school Rare fans will remember instantly.

Kirkhope’s most beloved composition is the “DK Rap,” a song from 1999’s Donkey Kong 64 that has come to define that era for a lot of ’90s kids. Anyone who’s heard that song one or a hundred times will immediately recognize the loop backing up this mysterious new track, which Kirkhope tweeted today as a tease of something more to come.

Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps is today’s best time-waster

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Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps is today’s best time-waster

Google always comes up with some fun April Fools’ Day gags, and this year, Google Maps is offering another location-based video game: the arcade classic Ms. Pac-Man.

If you open the Google Maps app on a smartphone or tablet today, you’ll see a pinkish-orange button featuring Ms. Pac-Man herself. It’s above the usual “pinpoint my location” button on the right side of the screen. If you tap the button, the app will whisk you to a seemingly random spot somewhere in the world for a game of Ms. Pac-Man. (The Verge reports that you can also play on the web, and that version will let you choose the location.)

Mad Catz shuts down after months of financial woes

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Mad Catz shuts down after months of financial woes

Mad Catz, Inc. has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States. As of March 30, the company has shut down and begun to sell off its assets, with all proceeds going straight to lenders.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy differs from chapter 11 bankruptcy in a major way: It means that Mad Catz does not currently intend to reorganize, filing instead for liquidation and vacating its board of directors and officers.

Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light is heading to Netflix

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Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light is heading to Netflix

Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light, a live-action, Japanese TV drama featuring Square Enix’s multiplayer online game, is coming West. Netflix picked up the show for international audiences, and Daddy of Light is expected to premiere worldwide this fall.

Japanese subscribers can check it out on Netflix starting April 20, slightly earlier than the premiere date previously reported. It will also air on Japanese TV channels MBS and TBS starting April 16.

Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light is heading to Netflix

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Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light is heading to Netflix

Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light, a live-action, Japanese TV drama featuring Square Enix’s multiplayer online game, is coming West. Netflix picked up the show for international audiences, and Daddy of Light is expected to premiere worldwide this fall.

Japanese subscribers can check it out on Netflix starting April 20, slightly earlier than the premiere date previously reported. It will also air on Japanese TV channels MBS and TBS starting April 16.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild patch improves frame rates

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild patch improves frame rates

Nintendo has released a patch for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that has been reported to dramatically increase frame rates when the game is played in docked mode, a situation that used to hurt performance as the hardware and software struggles with the jump in resolution.

The patch notes for version 1.1.1 of the game don’t give us much details about what has actually been changed, however. “Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience,” Nintendo wrote on the official page. Thanks?

Games companies turn to outsourcers for low-cost workers

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Games companies turn to outsourcers for low-cost workers

The United States, and most especially California, has birthed dozens of dominant tech companies, including games companies that generate jobs, taxes (at least those they can't dodge) and the soft power of global cultural dominance.

But if you're the sort of person who takes a pride in such things — who prefers to buy American goods — you might be in for a surprise. Significant parts of American games are built abroad, at low-cost studios specifically designed to handle outsourced development work.

Watch scary VR adventure Wilson's Heart

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Watch scary VR adventure Wilson's Heart

Last week, I spent 30 minutes or so in the creepy world of Wilson's Heart, an Oculus Rift narrative horror game in the style of a 1940s haunted hospital murder.

Making use of the Rift's Touch controllers, I'm able to leaf through magazines, touch intercoms, make phone calls and open cupboards as I search for clues. Movement is teleportation based, with prefixed positions that allow me to search for clues.

No one’s feeling Club Penguin’s replacement

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No one’s feeling Club Penguin’s replacement

Club Penguin died last night after more than 10 years as a popular browser game. Today, it’s been reborn on mobile devices as Club Penguin Island, but many people already would prefer that it just stayed buried.

Club Penguin Island is an iOS and Android version of Club Penguin that loses much of what was endearing about the Flash-based original. There’s a heavy emphasis on story, with a mandatory tutorial walking players through some clunky controls and a much blander setting.

Injustice 2 adds Scarecrow and Captain Cold

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Injustice 2 adds Scarecrow and Captain Cold

Chalk up two more bad guys for Injustice 2. In a supervillain-focused trailer released by Warner Bros. Interactive, both Scarecrow and Captain Cold were confirmed for NetherRealm Studios’ DC Universe fighter.

Injustice newcomers Scarecrow and Captain Cold, longtime nemeses of Batman and The Flash, respectively, are highlighted in a gameplay video that also offers a closer look at Bane and Gorilla Grodd. Scarecrow’s attacks and abilities appear to be centered on his use of a hook and chain, which he uses to ensnare and slash at his opponent, and the fear-inducing gas. Captain Cold, naturally, uses his power of cold to freeze his enemies and shoot ice-based projectiles.