[Daily article] April 22: Gravity Bone

Gravity Bone is a freeware first-person adventure video game developed
by Brendon Chung through his studio, Blendo Games, and released on
August 28, 2008. The game employs a modified version of id Software’s id
Tech 2 engine—originally used for Quake 2—and incorporates music
originally performed by Xavier Cugat for films by director Wong Kar-wai.
Four incarnations of the game were produced during its one-year
development; the first featured more first-person shooter elements than
the released version. Subsequent versions included more spy-oriented
gameplay. Gravity Bone received critical acclaim from video game
journalists. It was called “a pleasure to experience” by Charles Onyett
from IGN, and was compared to games such as Team Fortress 2 and Portal.
The game was praised for its visual style, atmosphere, cohesive story,
and ability to quickly catch the player’s interest. It received the
“Best Arthouse Game” award in Game Tunnel’s Special Awards of 2008. A
sequel released in 2012, Thirty Flights of Loving, was also critically
acclaimed, mostly for its novel nonlinear storytelling.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1622:

An Anglo-Persian force combined to take over the Portuguese
garrison at Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf.

1889:

Over 50,000 people rushed to claim a piece of the available two
million acres (8,000 km2) in the Unassigned Lands, the present-day US
state of Oklahoma, entirely founding the brand-new Oklahoma City.

1911:

Tsinghua University (“The Old Gate” pictured), one of the
leading universities in mainland China, was founded, funded by an
unexpected surplus in indemnities paid by the Qing Dynasty to the United
States as a result of the Boxer Rebellion.

1948:

Civil War in Mandatory Palestine: The Jewish paramilitary group
Haganah captured Haifa from the Arab Liberation Army.

2000:

In a predawn raid, US Immigration and Naturalization Service
agents seized six-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ home in
Miami, Florida, and returned him to his Cuban father.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

sanctum:
A place set apart, as with a sanctum sanctorum; a sacred or private
place; a private retreat or workroom.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  How can U just leave me standing? Alone in a world that’s so cold?
(So cold) Maybe I’m just 2 demanding Maybe I’m just like my father, 2
bold Maybe you’re just like my mother She’s never satisfied (She’s never
satisfied) Why do we scream at each other? This is what it sounds like
When doves cry.     I believe that through discipline,
though not through discipline alone, we can achieve serenity, and a
certain small but precious measure of the freedom from the accidents of
incarnation, and charity, and that detachment which preserves the world
which it renounces.  
–Robert Oppenheimer

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