Halo Wars (released 2009) is a real-time strategy video game developed
by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox
360 video game console. The game is set in the science fiction universe
of the Halo series in the year 2531, 21 years before the events of Halo:
Combat Evolved. The player leads human soldiers aboard the warship
Spirit of Fire in an effort to stop an ancient fleet of ships from
falling into the hands of the genocidal alien Covenant. Halo Wars was
unveiled at the 2006 X06 Xbox show. Ensemble was closed by Microsoft
before the game's release, but Robot Entertainment was founded soon
after by many of Ensemble's former employees; this new company continued
to support Halo Wars with updates and downloadable content. The game
received generally positive reviews. Reviewers lauded the game's pre-
rendered cinematics, attention to detail in replicating the Halo
universe, and intuitive control scheme. Complaints against the game
included the lack of an option to play as the Covenant faction in
campaign mode as well as the lack of strategic options during play. The
game sold one million units worldwide through March 2009.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
According to Ptolemy, the reign of the Babylonian king
Nabonassar began and with it, a new era characterized by the systematic
maintenance of chronologically precise historical records.
Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols captured Kaifeng, the capital of
the Jin dynasty, after besieging it for months.
Over 1400 troops of the Imperial Japanese Army staged a coup
d'etat in Japan, occupying Tokyo, and killing Finance Minister Takahashi
Korekiyo and several other leading politicians.
British computer programmer Tim Berners-Lee introduced
WorldWideWeb, the world's first web browser and WYSIWYG HTML editor.
In the first significant cultural visit from the United States
to North Korea since the Korean War, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
performed in East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Engaging; charming.
2. Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating.
3. (archaic) Causing hurt feelings; scathing.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Would you realize what Revolution is, call it Progress; and would
you realize what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.