[Daily article] October 31: Drowned God

Drowned God is a science fiction adventure game developed by Epic
Multimedia Group, published by Inscape and released on October 31, 1996.
The game advances the conspiracy theory that all of accepted human
history is false and the human race’s development and evolution have
been aided by extra-terrestrials. The player attempts to uncover the
truth within the game by traveling to different worlds, interacting with
historical and fictional characters, and solving puzzles. The game is
based on a forged manuscript written by Harry Horse in 1983. After
facing legal trouble and fines when he attempted to sell the text, Horse
shelved it for more than a decade before deciding a first person
adventure game would be the best way to tell its story. Producer Algy
Williams hired a team of multimedia artists and programmers to help
Horse develop the game. Upon its release, it sold well, but faded in
popularity due to software bugs. Its concept and visuals were widely
praised, but its gameplay, audio, and puzzles received a mixed
reception. A planned sequel never came to fruition.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


According to traditional accounts, Martin Luther first posted
his Ninety-five Theses onto the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg,
present-day Germany, marking the beginning of the Protestant


Emperor Agustín de Iturbide of the First Mexican Empire
dissolved the Mexican Congress and replaced it with a military junta
answerable only to him.


Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy; three years
later he set up a legal dictatorship.


More than 101 crew members of the USS Reuben James perished
when their vessel became the first United States Navy ship sunk by
hostile action during World War II after it was torpedoed by the German
submarine U-552.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (mythology, Britain) A legendary monstrous black dog, said to possess
large teeth and claws, and (sometimes) to be capable of changing form.
2. (mythology, Britain) Any ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

–It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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