Okay, so I need to talk about this game.  

If you have any sort of interest in Titanic (and also of course video games) then I can’t recommend this enough. Released in 1996, it was the no. 1 bestseller of the year in both the UK and the USA. Here’s what the blog above has to say about the game:

Intrigue and adventure await you onboard the Titanic, the most famous ocean liner in history. As a failed British agent in 1942 where the world is in turmoil you are haunted by you’re failure to complete a mission from your past. All is not lost however, you are hurtled back in time by a German bomb and are given the chance to re-write history and change the future.

(By the way, no, you can’t stop the ship from sinking. Your job is to change what happens afterwards.)

Pretty straightforward, but a stunning game for its time. The reconstruction of the ship is incredibly accurate, not to mention beautifully rendered. The musical score is haunting and always sets the mood perfectly. Prepare to get a bit a emotional, laugh at some sassy-ass characters, run around the place kind of terrified (this game terrified me as a kid because of the urgency towards the end and the music that came with it. I still haven’t quite shaken the feeling of horror when I’  m listening to the soundtrack and the sinking music starts playing)… 

The game can be completed in less than a day, so its great for casual gamers with a passing Titanic interest, and the fictional ‘secret agent’ plot adds intrigue and urgency to your character’s exploration of the ship.

Also, there are bad fake Irish accents, and you know how much I love a bad fake Irish accent.

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Water-stained violin proven to be the one that played Nearer my God to Thee by Wallace Hartley as the Titanic sank is found. [x]

It is the instrument that he played as the ship went down in the Atlantic, and that he later used as a buoyancy aid once Titanic went down.

The violin was discovered only by chance when the son of an amateur musician found it in his attic. It was given to his mother by her violin teacher and was left gathering dust.

The discovery was almost too good to be true, prompting experts to have the relic forensically examined by some of the most revered scientific bodies in Britain.

Now, after seven years of testing at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds, the water-stained violin has been proven to be the one played by Hartley on the night of the tragedy.

These pictures show how incredibly well-preserved the rose wood violin is despite its age and it being exposed to the sea for 10 days after the sinking.

There are two long cracks on its body that are said to have been opened up by moisture damage.

The photos also show the corroded engraved silver plate screwed onto the base of the fiddle that provided scientists with they key proof of its authenticity.

The historic violin, said to be worth a six figure sum, will go on public display at the Belfast City Hall, where Titanic was built, at the end of March.

Negotiations are also under way to exhibit it in museums around the world including America. It is likely to be auctioned off in the future.

Titanic experts have described it as the most important artefact associated with the infamous liner to have come to light.

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Unseen Titanic, from the April 2012 edition of National Geographic

Top: The First Class promenade on A Deck

Middle: The single surviving davit on the Boat Deck

Bottom: The Turkish Baths, only discovered on recent dives to the wreck - the art nouveau tiles, submerged in freezing salt water under incredible pressure for over a century, are in perfect condition

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"The Titanic itself lies in 13,000 feet of water, on a gently sloping, alpine-like countryside overlooking a small canyon below. Its bow faces north and the ship sits upright on the bottom. . . . There is no light at this depth. . . . It is quiet and peaceful and a fitting place for the remains of this greatest of sea tragedies to rest. May it forever remain that way and may God bless these found souls.” Robert Ballard

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My Infinite List of Favourite FilmsTitanic (1997)

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster film written and directed by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the luxurious RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

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The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean, four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at 23:40 on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. The ship sank with over a thousand passengers and crew members still on board. Almost all those who jumped or fell into the water died from hypothermia within minutes.

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