[Daily article] March 17: Freedom Planet

Freedom Planet is a two-dimensional platform video game developed and
published by independent developer GalaxyTrail, a studio set up for the
project by designer Stephen DiDuro. The player controls one of three
anthropomorphic animal protagonists: the dragon Lilac, the wildcat
Carol, or the basset hound Milla. Aided by the duck-like Torque (concept
art shown), the player attempts to defeat Lord Brevon, who plans to
conquer the galaxy. While the game focuses on fast-paced platforming,
its levels are interspersed with slower action scenes. Freedom Planet
began development as a Sonic the Hedgehog fangame, but DiDuro lost
interest in creating a derivative work and reconceived the project as
his own intellectual property. Developed in Denmark and the United
States, the game and its art have East Asian influences: its background
visuals were inspired by medieval Chinese art, and its title is written
in katakana. Critics praised its gameplay, aesthetics, and balance of
Sonic elements with original content, but were mixed on its pacing and
length.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1452:

Reconquista: The combined forces of Castile and Murcia defeated
the Emirate of Granada at the Battle of Los Alporchones around the city
of Lorca.

1891:

The transatlantic steamship Utopia accidentally collided with
the battleship HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar, sinking in less than
twenty minutes and killing 562 (wreckage pictured).

1955:

Ice hockey fans in Montreal rioted to protest the suspension of
Montreal Canadiens star Maurice Richard for hitting an official.

1968:

Six thousand sheep were killed on ranches near Dugway Proving
Ground in Utah as a result of the U.S. Army spraying a nerve agent.

2000:

Over 700 followers of the Ugandan sect Movement for the
Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God were killed or died in a fire
in a mass murder committed by its leaders.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

poteen:
1. (Ireland, countable, uncountable) Illegally produced Irish whiskey;
moonshine.
2. (Ireland, countable, by extension) An unlicensed drinking establishment
selling illegally produced Irish whiskey.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  When the law can stop the blades of grass From growing as they
grow, And when the leaves in summer time Their verdure dare not show,
Then I will change the colour I wear in my caubeen, But till that day
I’ll stick for aye To wearing of the green.  
–Dion Boucicault

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