Halo 3: ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, released September 22, 2009)
is a first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published
by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360. Players can select a
survival-themed multiplayer mode called Firefight, or select campaign
mode to explore the ruined city of New Mombasa during an alien invasion
in search of their missing teammates. Bungie initially conceived ODST as
a small side-project slated between Halo 3 and Halo: Reach. Story
director Joseph Staten penned a detective story with film noir designs,
settings, and characters, and composer Martin O’Donnell created a jazz-
influenced sound. The game grew in scope during development, and upon
release, it became the top-selling Xbox 360 game worldwide. The title
received generally positive reviews from critics for its atmosphere,
music, and story approach. It was the top-selling title in the United
States in its first month, even though reviewers were divided on whether
the relatively short campaign and extras were enough to justify the
game’s $60 price tag. It sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, and
Time and Wired declared the game one of the year’s best.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
English playwright Ben Jonson killed actor Gabriel Spenser in a
duel, for which he was indicted for manslaughter.
US President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation
Proclamation, declaring the freedom of all slaves in Confederate
territory by January 1, 1863.
First World War: The German submarine U-9 sank three Royal Navy
cruisers, resulting in approximately 1,450 deaths.
François “Papa Doc” Duvalier was elected President of Haiti as
a populist before consolidating power and ruling as a dictator for the
rest of his life.
The Nordhordland Bridge, which crosses Salhusfjorden between
Klauvaneset and Flatøy in Hordaland, and is the second-longest bridge
in Norway, was officially opened.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. A person who gives support to someone or something.
2. A person who supports, promotes, advocates or champions a cause or
movement; an adherent.
3. A person who provides moral or physical support to another; an attendant
participating in a ceremony or procession.
4. (sports) Someone who is a fan of a certain sports team or sportsperson.
5. Something that supports another thing.
6. Something that supports a structure such as a building or a sculpture.
7. (heraldry) An animal or figure that supports a shield in a coat of arms.
8. A garter worn around the leg to support a sock or stocking.
9. Short for athletic supporter.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Oh, what a catastrophe for man when he cut himself off from the
rhythm of the year, from his unison with the sun and the earth. Oh, what
a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was a personal, merely
personal feeling, taken away from the rising and the setting of the sun,
and cut off from the magic connection of the solstice and the equinox!
–D. H. Lawrence
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