NORTH KOREA'S isolationism from the rest of the world has forced it to develop some barmy technology of its own. People in the hermit kingdom don't have access to the perks that come with capitalism, like shiny iPhones and social media. In their place, the country's repressive government has created heavily-censored Facebook clones, mediocre Android tablets, and a locked-down Internet that would drive most westerners crazy. Kim Jong-un just admitted that his nation's crumbling public services are too embarrassing to show to visiting leaders, amid thawing ties with its neighbour South Korea and evergreen adversary the US, and the same goes for its tech. This is what digital life in North Korea looks like. A tale of two Internets North Korea boasts two versions of the world wide web: an exclusive, restriction-free model for high-ranking government officials and people in select industries, and a threadbare alternative for everyone else. The latter is heavily curated, with some estimates … [Read more...] about Does North Korea have internet and smartphones? An inside look at the wacky tech in Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom
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Presented by Arm Once more, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) is upon us and, with it, frantic activity by our graphics engineering team to finalize all our demos, talks and collaborations with our partners. As an industry leader in mobile technology, Arm comes to this event with a focus on the questions that we keep hearing from mobile developers: how can I; a) build great-looking content that, b) can run on the widest range of devices, while c) keeping my power consumption down to enable longer play sessions? This is the holy grail of mobile game development. The answer to those conflicting demands comes from an understanding of the hardware, firmware and APIs underpinning modern graphic engines. While game development is above all a creative endeavor, there is no escaping the fact that every buffer copied, unnecessary draw call or redundant triangle will compromise the artist’s ability to produce stunning content in the tight package of a mobile device. Vulkan as the … [Read more...] about Sponsored: How Arm is solving mobile game development’s big 3 challenges
By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 1 February 2018 08:58 GMT Mario Kart is the next Nintendo IP to make the jump to phones. Nintendo has today announced that it’s working on a new Mario Kart game for smartphones. Called Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo is aiming to launch it between April 2018 and March 2019. Unfortunately, just like today’s Nintendo Switch Online release window, the Mario Kart Tour reveal was very brief, offering only a logo and no details. Still, it’s good news for Mario Kart fans. The Mario Kart brand has proven very popular recently, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – a port of a Wii U game – selling over 7 million copies. This is of course thanks to the Switch’s stellar performance so far, having already overtaken Wii U’s lifetime sales after just nine months on sale. The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year … [Read more...] about Mario Kart is coming to smartphones with Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart Tour is the next Nintendo mobile game heading to smartphones. Nintendo confirmed Mario Kart Tour today on Twitter, adding that the game is in development and is expected to be released sometime in the next fiscal year, ,which ends in March 2019. Nintendo describes the game as a “mobile application” but isn’t releasing any more information at this time. Mario Kart Tour is the fifth game Nintendo is developing for smartphones, following Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Miitomo. Nintendo will release more details when appropriate, the Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki said on Twitter. The publisher also confirmed that Nintendo Switch Online will launch this September. The service, which is equivalent to PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, will cost either $3.99 a month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 per year. The service will give Switch owners the ability to play online, a service that has been free up … [Read more...] about Nintendo announces Mario Kart Tour smartphone game
The game industry of 2022 is big, messy and hard to find. Those who define it might be children. They could be solo developers on just enough funding to scrimp by for the next project. They could be retirees, artists or marginalized children in a war-torn country. They may create works of genius that go undiscovered until long after their death. Following up on Polygon’s recent fifth anniversary, we decided to ask a range of experts in the game industry the same question: What will things look like five years from now? While some cited practical predictions, like the rise of virtual reality, most centered around the structures that enable games to be made in the first place. And while many people see things improving, several also sounded warning bells about what the industry may be like and who may be in charge of it. The future isn’t necessarily what you think While many developers imagine a future where the game industry is overrun with new and exciting technology, many … [Read more...] about What will the game industry look like in five years?