[Daily article] January 19: Sonic Spinball

Sonic Spinball is a pinball video game developed by the Sega Technical
Institute and published by Sega. It was originally released for the Mega
Drive/Genesis in North America and Europe in November 1993 and in Japan
the following month. It was later ported to the Game Gear and Master
System in 1994 and 1995 respectively. The game has been re-released on
eleven different consoles and has been included in Genesis-related
compilations. The player controls Sonic the Hedgehog, who is manipulated
like a pinball in various machine-like environments for most of the
game, while the series antagonist Doctor Robotnik tries to enslave the
population on the planet Mobius. Sonic Spinball was commissioned by Sega
when it became clear that a new Sonic the Hedgehog game could not be
completed in time for the 1993 holiday season, since the majority of
their staff were developing Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The game was hastily
developed, with most work completed within two months. It received mixed
reviews upon release; most critics praised the game’s novelty and
graphics but faulted its control scheme.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

649:

War against the Western Turks: The forces of Kucha surrendered
after a siege, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin
in what is now Xinjiang.

1795:

The Batavian Republic was established, a day after William V,
Prince of Orange fled the Dutch Republic as a result of the Batavian
Revolution in Amsterdam.

1945:

World War II: Soviet forces liberated the Łódź Ghetto; only
877 Jews of the initial population of 164,000 remained there at that
time.

1975:

A magnitude 6.8 Ms earthquake struck northern Himachal Pradesh
in India, causing extensive damage to the region.

2012:

The Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload (founder
Kim Dotcom pictured) was shut down by the FBI.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

ununennium:
The systematic element name for the (as yet undiscovered) chemical
element with an atomic number of 119 (symbol Uue).

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a
new master once in a term of years. Neither are a people any the less
slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters. What makes
them slaves is the fact that they now are, and are always hereafter to
be, in the hands of men whose power over them is, and always is to be,
absolute and irresponsible.  
–Lysander Spooner

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