Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - July 15, 2005


Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it won exclusive rights to develop and publish multiplayer online games starring Marvel Enterprises Inc.'s super heroes, including Spider-man, the X-men and the Hulk.


A big studio film that really works. A remake that improves on the original. Hollywood is truly in fantasy land with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Tim Burton's wildly imaginative take on Roald Dahl's beloved children's book.


J.K. Rowling says her latest tome will have many, many answers. "I'm excited about this book," the author said Friday after arriving at Edinburgh's 11th-century castle, where thousands of fans eagerly awaited the stroke of midnight to hear her read the first chapter of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'