[Daily article] February 16: Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward is an adventure video game developed
by Chunsoft. The second installment in the Zero Escape series, it was
first released on February 16, 2012, for the Nintendo 3DS and
PlayStation Vita. The story follows the player character Sigma, a man
who is abducted and forced along with eight other individuals to play
the life-or-death Nonary Game. The characters begin to unravel its
secrets and its true purpose. Virtue’s Last Reward was developed as a
result of the unexpected critical success that its predecessor, Nine
Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, received in North America. Game
director Kotaro Uchikoshi wrote the script, which was localized for
North America by Aksys Games, and for Europe by Rising Star Games.
Although critics were divided in their opinions of the escape-the-room
sections, they gave Virtue’s Last Reward positive reviews, especially
for its story and characters. Nevertheless, the game was a commercial
failure in Japan, which led to the temporary cancellation of its sequel.
Development eventually resumed, and Zero Time Dilemma was released in

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Livonian Crusade: In the Battle of Karuse, the Grand Duchy of
Lithuania achieved a decisive victory over the Livonian Order on the
frozen surface of the Baltic Sea.


American Civil War: Union victory in the Battle of Fort
Donelson gave General Ulysses S. Grant the nickname “Unconditional


Howard Carter, the English Egyptologist and archaeologist,
unsealed the burial chamber of Tutankhamun (mask pictured).


Second World War: Norwegian commandos destroyed a factory to
prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water.


The DuSable Museum, the first museum dedicated to the study and
conservation of African American history, culture, and art, was

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

pro domino:
(law) In the capacity of a master or an owner; having dominion over a
person, property, or a right.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Whenever you have a possibility of going in two ways, either for
peace or for war, for peaceful methods of for military methods, in the
present age there is a strong prejudice for the peaceful ones. War
seldom ever leads to good results.  
–George F. Kennan

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