[Daily article] March 30: Jumping Flash!

Jumping Flash! is a platform video game co-developed by Exact and Ultra
and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The first instalment in
the Jumping Flash! series, it was released in April 1995 for the
PlayStation in Japan and later the same year in Europe and North
America; it was re-released through the PlayStation Network store on
PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in 2007. Presented in a first-
person perspective, the game follows a robotic rabbit named Robbit as he
searches for missing jet pods that have been scattered by the game’s
antagonist character, the astrophysicist Baron Aloha. The game has been
described as an early showcase for 3D graphics in console gaming.
Generally well received by critics, who praised its graphics and unique
gameplay, it was later overshadowed by 3D platformers of the fifth
console generation. It was described as the third-most underrated video
game of all time by Matt Casamassina of IGN in 2007, and holds the
Guinness World Record as the “First platform video game in true 3D”.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1282:

Sicilians began to rebel against the rule of the Angevin King
Charles I of Naples, starting the War of the Sicilian Vespers.

1842:

American physician Crawford Long became the first person to use
diethyl ether as an anesthetic in a surgical procedure.

1899:

A committee of the German Society of Chemistry invited other
national scientific organizations to appoint delegates to form the
International Committee on Atomic Weights.

1950:

Usmar Ismail began filming Darah dan Doa, formally recognised
as the first Indonesian film.

1972:

Vietnam War: North Vietnamese forces began the Easter Offensive
in an attempt to gain as much territory and destroy as many units of the
South Vietnamese Army as possible.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

sewer:
1. (now historical) A servant attending at a meal who is responsible for
seating arrangements, serving dishes, etc. […]
2. One who sews.
3. A small tortricid moth, the larva of which sews together the edges of a
leaf using silk.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas,
not so easy as looking at it.  
–Vincent van Gogh

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