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From An Epic Crossover To An Abject Apology - News Roundup 19th October

Jonathan Lester
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Gran Turismo 5

Professor Layton /Phoenix Wright Crossover Confirmed

From An Epic Crossover To An Abject Apology - News Roundup 19th October

Some people say that dreams don't come true, but today's top story from Level 5 begs to differ. At their press conference earlier this morning, the renowned studio confirmed that they were bringing two handheld puzzle legends together. The irrepressible Professor Layton will be teaming up with the legendary defence attorney Phoenix Wright to solve a devious "combo of puzzles and crime mystery."

Watch the (offscreen) trailer. And weep with joy.

Level 5 is also working on Professor Layton: Mask of Miracle for the 3DS, which will apparently feature daily downloadable puzzles.

GT5 Creator Begs For Your Forgiveness

From An Epic Crossover To An Abject Apology - News Roundup 19th October

Gran Turismo 5's recent delay has put a few backs up, and as you'd expect, Series Creator Kazunori Yamauchi has issued an apology. Since Yamauchi is a known perfectionist, however, he's not actually apologising for the inconvenience- rather a technical issue that might occasionally lower the frame rate from 60FPS.

Our engineers complain every day: 'Isn't it enough that it's in 1080p? Does it have to be 60fps too?' But I think 60fps is very important, so we're working towards perfecting that.

There might be times when you have a certain combination of conditions that come together - especially with the weather effects - [when] the game might briefly drop from 60fps, and for that I beg your forgiveness! - Kazunori Yamauchi to PSM3 magazine

Okay Kazunori. We can't stay mad at you. Just make sure it releases in time to fill our Christmas stockings... and that these "certain combinations that come together" don't coincide too often. [CVG]

New Study Links Mature Media To Violence. Again.

From An Epic Crossover To An Abject Apology - News Roundup 19th October

Another day, another new study that 'links' mature games to violence. This newest experiment involved subjecting a group of 22 teenagers to a series of violent clips from games, films and TV and measuring the amount of brain activity. It seems that the mental impact of violent media lessens with time, which Dr Jordan Grafman reckons is due to a desensitising effect that could lead to the acceptance of violence as a mundane occurence.

The implications of this include the idea that continued exposure to violent videos will make an adolescent less sensitive to violence, more accepting of violence, and more likely to commit aggressive acts since the emotional component associated with aggression is reduced and normally acts as a brake on aggressive behaviour. - Dr Jordan Grafman

This conclusion was countered by Professor Buckingham, Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media; who suggested that the entire premise was completely flawed.

This debate has been going on since before we were all born. In the 19th Century people were panicking about the effect of 'Penny Dreadfuls'.

If we are truly interested in violence and aggression, rather than blaming the media for everything wrong in the world, we need to look at what motivates it in real life. - Professor Buckingham

Our duelling doctors raise some valid points about the nature of so called "violent media." Here's a thought. Maybe parents ought to sit their kids down every once in a while and explain that virtual violence has no place in the real world. Or just spend some time with them. Or, you know, maybe we shouldn't let 14 olds play violent 18-rated games. [BBC]

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