[Daily article] May 28: Menacer

The Menacer is a light gun peripheral released by Sega in 1992 for its
Sega Genesis and Sega CD video game consoles, its successor to the
Master System Light Phaser. Communicating with a television via an
infrared sensor, the gun was bundled with a pack-in six-game cartridge
of mostly shooting gallery games. Sega also released a Menacer bundle
with Terminator 2: The Arcade Game. Mac Senour was responsible for the
Menacer project and designed the six-game pack. He originally proposed
non-shooting minigames based on existing Sega licenses, but most of the
prototypes were abandoned due to high cost in favor of more shooting-
type games. Sega did not plan another first-party release for the
Menacer apart from the included multi-game cartridge. Compatible games
were published through 1995. The Menacer is remembered as a critical and
commercial flop. Critics found the six-game pack subpar and repetitive,
and criticized the peripheral’s lack of games. The ToeJam & Earl spinoff
game was held in the highest regard, and reviewers also recommended the
Terminator 2 game. A direct-to-TV light gun that includes the six-game
Menacer pack was released in 2005.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Anglo-Spanish War: The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and over
30,000 men, set sail from Lisbon for the English Channel in an attempt
to invade England.


US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into
law, authorizing him to negotiate with Native Americans for their
removal from their ancestral homelands.


English mathematician Alan Turing introduced the Turing
machine, a basic abstract symbol-manipulating hypothetical device that
can simulate the logic of any computer algorithm.


The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission carried out five
underground nuclear tests, becoming the seventh country in the world to
successfully develop and publicly test nuclear weapons.


A train derailment and collision in the Paschim Medinipur
district of West Bengal, India, caused the deaths of at least 141

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(ecclesiastical) A highly educated archimandrite in the Armenian
Apostolic Church tradition who holds a Doctorate in Theology.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look
death in the face.  
–Ian Fleming

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