System Shock 2 is a first-person action role-playing survival horror
video game for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux, first released on
August 11, 1999. It was designed by Ken Levine and co-developed by
Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios. Originally written as a
standalone title, it became a sequel to the 1994 PC game System Shock
after Electronic Arts signed on as the publisher. In a cyberpunk
depiction of 2114, the player assumes the role of a soldier trying to
stem the outbreak of a genetic infection that has devastated a starship.
As in System Shock, gameplay consists of combat and exploration aided by
acquired special abilities such as hacking and psionics. System Shock 2
received positive reviews, but failed to meet commercial sales
expectations. Critics later determined that the game was highly
influential in subsequent game design, particularly on first-person
shooters, and considered it far ahead of its time. It has been included
in several lists of all-time best video games. OtherSide Entertainment
has been licensed the rights to produce a sequel, System Shock 3.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Shock_2>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The first papal conclave held in the Sistine Chapel elected
Roderic Borja as Pope Alexander VI to succeed Pope Innocent VIII.
William Corder was hanged at Bury St Edmunds, England, for the
murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn.
Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received a
patent for their "Secret Communications System", an early technique of
frequency-hopping spread spectrum that later became the basis for many
forms of today's wireless communication systems.
Violent race riots began in Watts, Los Angeles, California,
lasting for six days and leaving 34 people dead and 1,032 others
At least 306 people were killed and 3,000 others injured in a
pair of earthquakes near Tabriz, Iran.
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All the martyrs in the history of the world are not sufficient to
establish the correctness of an opinion. Martyrdom, as a rule,
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affected by opinions; it cannot be changed, established, or affected by
martyrdom. An error cannot be believed sincerely enough to make it a
--Robert G. Ingersoll
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