Giants: Citizen Kabuto is a third-person shooter video game with
real-time strategy elements for Microsoft Windows. It was the first
project for Planet Moon Studios comprising former Shiny Entertainment
employees who had worked on the game MDK. The game went through
four years of development before Interplay Entertainment published it
on December 6, 2000, and followed up with a PlayStation 2 port in 2001.
MacPlay published the Mac OS X port earlier in the same year. The
subtitle "Citizen Kabuto" refers to the thundering behemoth who is one
of the playable characters in the game. Players can also take on the
roles of jet pack-equipped and heavily armed Meccaryns, and amphibious
spellcasting Sea Reapers; and challenge each other in multiplayer
games. The single-player mode is framed as a sequential story, and puts
the player through missions, several of which test the player's
reflexes in action game-like puzzles, to teach the abilities of each
playable race. Game critics praised the game for its state of the art
graphics, humorous story, and success in blending in one genre with
another. Criticisms of the game centered on crippling software bugs and
lack of an in-game save feature. The critics also rated its console
version as technically inferior to its PC versions. The game sold
poorly for both Windows and PlayStation 2, although it enjoyed a
successful launch for its small Mac OS X market.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The pelting of British soldiers with snowballs soon escalated into a
riot in Boston, Massachusetts, leaving at least five civilians dead.
Britain officially declared war on Burma, beginning the First
The Britannia Bridge (pictured), a tubular bridge of wrought iron
rectangular box-section spans crossing the Menai Strait between the
island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales, opened.
American entrepreneur and engineer George Westinghouse patented the air
brake for trains to stop more reliably.
The term "Iron Curtain", describing the symbolic, ideological, and
physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas during the
Cold War, was popularized by former British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill during a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri,
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (mainly US, dialectal) To amble; to walk or proceed in a leisurely
2. (mainly US, dialectal) To set off, get going; to start a journey
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell
you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask,
Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of
course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being
entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision.
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