Rock Band Guitar Peripheral Maker Mad Catz Files for Bankruptcy

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After a difficult period of decline, peripheral maker Mad Catz has filed for bankruptcy.

Mad Catz “has been unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems,” according to former boss Karen McGinnis.

Troubles became apparent last year when Mad Catz announced lay-offs during its financial report following Rock Band 4 sell-through numbers being lower than expected. Those low numbers triggered a company-wide restructuring, part of which included a 37% reduction of its workforce.

The day before its financial briefing, several Mad Catz officials resigned from their positions with the company.

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Legendary Soccer Player Suing Konami

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Retired Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona has filed a suit against Konami for using his likeness without permission in its Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.

The footballer made the announcement on his official Facebook page, saying his lawyer “will initiate the corresponding legal actions” against Konami.

Maradona is now retired, and says his likeness is being used for the game without his permission.

“I hope this isn’t another scam,” he wrote.

The Italian government announced in 2009 Maradona owed the country €37 million in unpaid taxes, over half of which is interest incurred on the original amount.

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Going to Space, Visiting the Titanic, and Ultima: A Chat with Richard Garriott

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Ultima creator Richard Garriott tells us incredible stories about his life and career, including his early Ultima success, changing the gaming world with Ultima Online, visiting outer space as a private-citizen astronaut, exploring (and getting stuck under) the Titanic’s remains at the bottom of the Atlantic, his thoughts on the future of the RPG genre, his new project Shroud of the Avatar, and much more!

If you’d rather listen than watch, here’s an audio-only download link of the full episode.

Here are a couple of clips, first of Garriott explaining what it’s like to go to the bathroom in outer space:

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These Custom Zelda Amiibo Are Spot On

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Krystyne Escalambre (or GandaKris) has been making custom amiibo for years now, and her latest set focuses on Breath of the Wild’s unique assortment of heroes.

Check out the gallery below, featuring Link in his Gerudo Outfit, Princess Zelda, Mipha, Urbosa, Daruk, and Rivali. Click right to see them all:

The amiibo are hand-sculpted out of clay or polymer (using as much of the original amiibo as possible), then hand-painted and sealed.

Regarding her love of customizing amiibo, Krystyne told IGN: “I’ve been making custom figures since high school, and my favorite part is personally handing over the custom to its new owner. There’s an instant gratification… just knowing my work will be cherished in their home for years to come.”

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Rocket League: Fate of the Furious DLC Announced

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Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Ice Charger from The Fate of the Furious is coming to Rocket League, developer Psyonix has announced.

The Charger will be available for $1.99 on April 4, ahead of The Fate of the Furious’s April 14 release in theaters. The DLC will also include six unique decals. Check them out, as well as the Charger, in the gallery below:

The Charger is another in a line of licensed cars that have come to Rocket League, including the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile and Back to the Future’s DeLorean.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Patch Reduces Framerate Problems

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The newly-released 1.1.1 patch for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild seemingly removes or reduces the severity of many of the game’s dips in framerate, on Wii U and Switch (in both handheld and docked mode).

Nintendo’s notes for the 167MB patch simply read: “Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.” However, players on Twitter (including our own Zelda reviewer), RedditNeoGAF, and YouTube have all reported improved performance since installing the update.

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Hearthstone: Catch Up on the Un’Goro Card Reveals

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Hearthstone’s next expansion, Journey to Un’Goro, will be with us in a week, and we’ve now seen almost half the 135 card set. It’s a little hard to say how the meta is going to change as a result, but one thing’s for sure – Blizzard has introduced some pretty interesting new concepts and mechanics. Every class, for instance, has a legendary Quest card, and if you fulfil the requirements of the quest you’ll get a pretty epic – and unique – reward. Crucially, the one mana Quest cards will always be in your opening hand (unless you mulligan it away) so you can build your deck around the quest and get started right away.

We’ve also seen a bunch of cards with the new Adapt keyword, which functions a little like Discover. Players are presented with three choices, drawn from a pool of ten, and whatever they choose is then instantly applied to the base card. The idea is that players can adapt to the situation at hand, and it’s certainly a pretty awesome concept.

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