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Steve Gaynor (second left), Johnnemann Nordhagen (third) and Karla Zimonja (fourth), game developers

BioShock 2: Minerva's Den is a single-player downloadable content (DLC) campaign for the 2010 first-person shooter game BioShock 2, developed by 2K Marin and published by 2K Games. The player assumes the role of Subject Sigma, an armored and genetically modified human, or "Big Daddy"; Sigma must travel through Minerva's Den, the technological hub of the underwater city of Rapture, to download a schematic of the city's supercomputer. Minerva's Den was created by a small team (some members pictured) within 2K Marin led by Steve Gaynor. They decided upon a small, personal story about identity and free will, which explores an unseen part of Rapture. Minerva's Den was initially released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles in August 2010, and was later released and reissued on other platforms. It was well received by critics, who praised its story, characters, and gameplay; reviewers, including those writing for Kotaku and Paste, considered it one of the best video game expansions of all time. (Full article...)

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NGC 6530

NGC 6530 is a young open cluster of stars lying around 4,350 light years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius. The cluster is set within the larger Lagoon Nebula, a large interstellar cloud of gas and dust. This photograph of a portion of NGC 6530 was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope released in 2022, with the Lagoon Nebula giving the image its smoky appearance.

Photograph credit: ESA / Hubble / NASA / O. De Marco

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