[Daily article] January 5: Defense of the Ancients

Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a multiplayer online battle arena mod,
or game modification, created for the video game Warcraft III: Reign of
Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. First released
in 2003, it is based on StarCraft custom map “Aeon of Strife”. Each team
of up to five players attempts to destroy the opponents’ Ancient, a
heavily guarded structure at a far corner of the map. Players use
powerful units known as heroes, and are assisted by allied heroes and
AI-controlled fighters. As in role-playing games, players level up their
heroes and use gold to buy items and equipment during the game. DotA
became a feature at several worldwide tournaments, including Blizzard
Entertainment’s BlizzCon, and was featured at the Asian World Cyber
Games and in the Cyberathlete Amateur League. Valve Corporation acquired
the intellectual property rights to DotA to develop a stand-alone
sequel, Dota 2, released in July 2013.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Louis XV of France survived an assassination attempt by Robert-
François Damiens, who later became the last person to be executed in
the country by drawing and quartering.


The German Workers’ Party, the forerunner to the Nazi Party,
was founded by Anton Drexler.


In his State of the Union speech, U.S. President Harry S.
Truman announced, “Every segment of our population, and every
individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.”


Georgian troops attacked Tskhinvali, the capital of South
Ossetia, opening the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War.


London police arrested six people in conjunction with an
alleged terrorist plot to release ricin on the London Underground,
although no ricin was actually found.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

king cake:
A decorative cake distributed among friends or visitors on Epiphany. In
many traditions it contains a pea, a trinket or some other small object
which entitles its finder to be the “king” for one day.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country
you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in
the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a
coup d’état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of
industrialization the whole scene changes. The day after the fall of
Khrushchev, the editors of Pravda, Izvestiia, the heads of the radio and
television were replaced; the army wasn’t called out. Today a country
belongs to the person who controls communications.  
–Umberto Eco

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