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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - September 30, 2005

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Interactive computer games can help identify asthma in children as young as 2 years old, according to a new study.

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In an effort to deliver the ultimate sensory experience, most top video games marry earthshaking sounds with high-quality graphics. It's a goal that often falls a bit short.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s PlayStation video game console has won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the company said on Thursday.

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. has begun testing the sale of used video games in a handful of its stores, Piper Jaffray analyst Anthony Gikas said in a client note on Friday.

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Sony has apologized for an advertising campaign for its PlayStation game console which featured a young man wearing a crown of thorns with the slogan "Ten years of passion".

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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