Saturday, 15 April 2017

game is coming to Android and iOS before 3DS

Last we knew, the new Professor Layton game's differences from prior releases were relegated to its protagonist and the absence of its original puzzle designer. Now word is out that Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy will arrive on Android and iOS this July 20th, ahead of its stateside debut on Nintendo's 3DS handheld. According to publisher/developer Level 5 (spotted by Kotaku), the only way to play on 3DS at launch will be with an imported version and a Japanese console. Domestically, a localized version will release at some point after the mobile versions.
Pricing is going to be interesting here. On 3DS it costs ¥4,800 ($44.20), while the mobile version is ¥1,900 ($17.50) -- less than half that. How? In-app purchases, of course. The press release stresses that you can play to the end without buying anything, though. Does that mean it'll only have half the puzzles? Or that side quests will be hidden in some way? That's anyone's guess for now.
We've seen disparities in pricing before with the mobile and handheld versions of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, for example, but not exactly like this. When Rockstar ported the handheld crime simulator to mobile devices, it was well after their initial release. Furthermore, the DS and PSP were kings of gaming on the go at the time -- Android devices and iPhones hadn't caught up just yet. Okay, the PSP was far less popular, but the point still stands.
That was in 2009. In 2017, things are a lot different. Sony's relationship with handheld gaming is... complicated, and the current 3DS is getting long in the tooth and waning a bit in popularity. So, maybe this move by Level 5 is prescient.

INDEPENDENT VIDEO GAME COMPANY STORMTIDE LANDS AT PSP


Independent video game company Stormtide has moved to Plymouth Science Park’s 25 acre site at Derriford, which hosts some of the country's premier science and technology businesses.
Success for start-ups on site is at 95 per cent which offers facilities including ultra-fast broadband, networking opportunities, a café and ‘breakout' areas where people can meet to exchange ideas.
The independent video game company is the brains behind Satellite Command, which uses real data from NASA to combine realistic graphics and physics simulation.
"The game has a real astrophysics simulation hidden behind gamification, designed to make astrophysics an approachable subject for a wide audience," says Stormtide founder and CEO James Baxter.
"Satellite Command takes you into orbit around Earth as you use your very own Space Agency to learn more about the planet and the Solar System."
The game has been developed internally with input from top space-industry experts.
"The idea behind the game is for you to start in orbit with one satellite and you build up your agency to become bigger and bigger," explains Baxter.
"The mission is based on real data showing Earth and Deep Space phenomena. It was shown at one of the biggest gaming events of 2016 and received rapturous applause.
“It's since been played by thousands of people from around the world."
The games’ on-screen simulations are designed to make astrophysics an approachable subject for a wide audience from school children to university students to adults wanting to explore Deep Space.
Plymouth Science Park is part-funded by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) through their Growth Deal with Government and houses the largest concentration of businesses in the South West.

Utah judge calls ex-Mormon bishop convicted of rape an ‘extraordinarily good man’

PROVO, Utah  — A Utah judge is facing a deluge of complaints after calling a former Mormon bishop convicted of rape an "extraordinarily good man" who did something wrong, a judicial oversight organization said Friday.
The criticism began around the time Judge Thomas Low let Keith Robert Vallejo out of custody after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, said Jennifer Yim, executive director of the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

Trump dumps Russia,

Once upon a time, Trump mused about how well he and Russian President Vladimir Putin would get along. Then-candidate Trump said Putin had declared him a "genius," criticized the Obama administration's tensions with Moscow and said it would be better "if we got along."
China, on the other hand, was a currency manipulator, a thief of US jobs that should no longer be allowed to "rape our country." If elected, Trump promised to impose heavy tariffs on Beijing and take it to court for shady trade practices.

Asian tag, but expect more pressure on trade

Fixing trade imbalances will be an issue for the U.S. in its dialogues with China and Japan, while the manipulator threat has been put on the backburner," a Japanese government official told Reuters.
The semi-annual U.S. Treasury currency report released on Friday did not name any major trading partner as a currency manipulator, although it seemed to leave open the option for action in the future.
Trump has softened his rhetoric against China's trade practices as Beijing has intervened in foreign exchange markets to prop up the value of its yuan, and as he looks to China for help dealing with rising tension on the Korean peninsula.
"I think the United States decided to forego (labeling China a currency manipulator) this time because it wants China's cooperation on North Korea," said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Research Institute in Tokyo.
"Depending on how the North Korean situation develops, we don't know what will happen in half a year (when the next currency report is due to be published)."
NEW LANGUAGE
New language in the Treasury report citing a history of currency intervention in China, South Korea and Taiwan is in line with what experts say could be eventual changes to the criteria aimed at deterring future manipulation.
With Washington pushing a trade agenda aimed at reducing deficits, experts say the most logical option is to lengthen the time period for reviewing currency market interventions from 12 months to several years.
"One thing we noticed was the report touched on the previous history of (currency manipulation). They're telling us not to do so in the future and we have no intention of doing so," a senior South Korean finance official said.
"SCRUTINIZING" CHINA

The report showed the high priority the administration puts on addressing trade imbalances and said it would be "scrutinizing China's trade and currency practices very closely".

Why?