[Daily article] December 13: Nights: Journey of Dreams

Nights: Journey of Dreams is an action video game developed by Sonic
Team and published by Sega for the Wii. The sequel to the 1996 Sega
Saturn title Nights into Dreams, it was first released in Japan, on 13
December 2007, followed by North America, Australia and Europe. The
story follows two children, Will and Helen, who enter a dream world
called Nightopia. When their nightmares come to life, they enlist the
flying character Nights to help them stop the evil ruler Wizeman from
escaping into the real world. The main objective of the game is to fly
through rings while gathering keys to access new levels. The game’s
setting was designed to resemble England, especially parts of London.
Development of Journey of Dreams began shortly after the release of
Shadow the Hedgehog in 2005, and was headed by Sonic Team veteran
Takashi Iizuka. The game received mixed reviews; critics praised its
colourful visuals, boss battles and special effects, but most cited its
poor control schemes, aesthetics and general gameplay as major flaws.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


First English Civil War: Roundhead forces serving under Sir
William Waller led a successful surprise attack on a winter garrison of
Royalist infantry and cavalry.


Dartmouth College in what is now Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.,
was established by a royal charter and became the last university
founded in the Thirteen Colonies before the American Revolution.


Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces captured Nanking in
China and then began to commit numerous atrocities over the next several


A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in North Yemen killed as many as
2,800 people and was the region’s first instrumentally recorded event to
be detected on global seismograph networks.


After killing a woman at his home, a man threw grenades and
fired an automatic rifle at crowds in the Place Saint-Lambert, Liège,
Belgium, killing 5 people and injuring 125 others, before committing

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

angle parking:
A form of roadside car parking where the parking spaces are arranged at
an acute angle to the direction of approach, allowing the driver to
enter a space easily and later reverse back out.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The ability to make judgements that are grounded in solid
information, and employ careful analysis, should be one of the most
important goals for any educational endeavor. As students develop this
capability, they can begin to grapple with the most important and
difficult step: to learn to place such judgements in an ethical
framework. For all these reasons, there is no better investment that
individuals, parents and the nation can make than an investment in
education of the highest possible quality. Such investments are
reflected, and endure, in the formation of the kind of social conscience
that our world so desperately needs.  
–Aga Khan IV

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