[Daily article] April 13: Fez (video game)

Fez is an indie puzzle-platform video game developed by Polytron and
published by Trapdoor, first released on April 13, 2012, for Xbox Live
Arcade. The player-character Gomez receives a fez that reveals his two-
dimensional (2D) world to be one of four sides of a three-dimensional
(3D) world. The player rotates between these four 2D views to realign
platforms and solve the game’s puzzles. Designer Phil Fish appeared in
the 2012 documentary Indie Game: The Movie, which detailed Fez’s final
stages of development and Polytron’s related legal issues. Reviewers
commended the game’s emphasis on discovery and freedom, but criticized
its technical issues, in-game navigation, and endgame backtracking. They
likened the game’s rotation mechanics to the 2D–3D shifts of
Echochrome, Super Paper Mario, and Crush. Fez won the Seumas McNally
Grand Prize and Eurogamer’s 2012 Game of the Year award. It sold one
million copies by the end of 2013, and influenced games such as Monument
Valley, Crossy Road, and Secrets of Rætikon.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Henry V, the last ruler of the Salian dynasty, was crowned Holy
Roman Emperor.


Messiah, an oratorio by baroque composer George Frideric
Handel, premiered in Dublin.


The Roman Catholic Relief Act was granted Royal Assent,
removing the most substantial restrictions on Catholics in the United


Indian forces launched Operation Meghdoot, a preemptive attack
on the disputed Siachen Glacier region of Kashmir, triggering a military
conflict with Pakistan.


In golf, twenty-one-year-old Tiger Woods became the youngest
player to win the US Masters, breaking the tournament’s record for the
lowest four-round score (270 strokes, 18 under par).

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (Christianity) The rite of foot-washing based on the act carried out by
Jesus Christ on his disciples at the Last Supper. Depending on the
church or denomination, it may be carried out at baptism, during Holy
Communion, or as part of a Maundy Thursday service.
2. (chiefly medicine, obsolete) A footbath carried out for therapeutic
purposes; a pediluvium.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my
family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the
world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which
any human power can give.  
–Thomas Jefferson

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