[Daily article] March 20: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role-playing video game
developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks
and the Take-Two Interactive division 2K Games. Oblivion was released on
March 20, 2006, for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360, and later for
mobile phones and PlayStation 3. In the main storyline, the player
character thwarts the fanatical Mythic Dawn cult from opening the gates
to a realm called Oblivion. The player can travel anywhere in the game
world at any time, develop the character’s skills, and ignore or
postpone the main storyline indefinitely. The graphics were designed
with an improved Havok physics engine, high dynamic range lighting, and
procedural content generation tools to generate terrain. The Radiant
A.I. system manages the complex behaviors of the non-player characters
(NPCs). The game features the music of award-winning composer Jeremy
Soule. Overall, Oblivion has been successful both commercially and
critically, winning industry and publication awards. It was praised for
its graphics, expansive game world, and fully voiced, schedule-driven
NPCs.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

235:

Maximinus Thrax succeeded to the throne of the Roman Empire, a
so-called barracks emperor who gained power by virtue of his command of
the army.

1600:

Five advisers to Polish–Swedish king Sigismund III Vasa were
publicly executed, effectively ending his reign in Sweden.

1815:

After escaping from exile in Elba, Napoleon Bonaparte entered
Paris, beginning the period known as the “Hundred Days”.

1944:

World War II: Four thousand U.S. Marines made a landing on
Emirau Island in the Bismarck Archipelago to develop an airbase as part
of Operation Cartwheel.

1993:

The Troubles: The second of two bomb attacks by the Provisional
IRA in Warrington, England, killed two children.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

mandil:
(chiefly Persia, obsolete) A turban; cloth used to make a turban.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  His mother told him “Someday you will be a man, And you will be
the leader of a big old band. Many people coming from miles around To
hear you play your music when the sun go down. Maybe someday your name
will be in lights Saying ‘Johnny B. Goode tonight’.”  
–Chuck Berry

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