понедельник, 20 апреля 2009 г.

[Wikipedia] April 21: Alleyway

Alleyway is a video game developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems
and published by Nintendo as a global launch title for the Game Boy. It
is a Breakout clone and one of the first four games developed and
released for the system. The game was released first in Japan in 1989,
in North America later that year, and in Europe in 1990. Alleyway was
released with limited advertising, receiving moderate to low scores
from reviewers who compared it to games like Arkanoid. The name
Alleyway references the in-game gateway that the player's spaceship
(represented as a paddle) must pass through. While Alleyway is a
portable clone of Breakout, it adds several new features, including
alternating stages, bonus rounds, and hazards for the player at later

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Today's selected anniversaries:


Henry VIII became King of England, following the death of his father
Henry VII, eventually becoming a significant figure in the history of
the English monarchy.


Texan forces led by Sam Houston defeated General Antonio López de Santa
Anna and his Mexican troops in the Battle of San Jacinto near La Porte,
the decisive battle in the Texas Revolution.


Norway formally adopted the Krag-Jørgensen, a repeating bolt action
rifle designed by the Norwegians Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik
Jørgensen, as the main firearm of its armed forces.


Brasília, a planned city primarily designed by architect and urban
planner Lúcio Costa, was officially inaugurated, replacing Rio de
Janeiro as the capital of Brazil.


In response to a long-running dispute over wheat quotas, the
Principality of Hutt River proclaimed their secession from Western

Wiktionary's word of the day:

quarantine (v):
To put into obligatory isolation or separation, especially as a
sanitary measure to prevent the spread of contagious disease

Wikiquote quote of the day:

How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious
starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the
mountaintop it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make —
leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone —
we all dwell in a house of one room — the world with the firmament for
its roof — and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any
--John Muir

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