[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:

1588:

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.

1830:

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.

1936:

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

1998:

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.

2010:

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

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

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

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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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