Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - February 12, 2009


On Wednesday, Activision Blizzard, the company behind Guitar Hero, posted a $72 million net loss in the fourth quarter, despite owning one of the most popular video game franchises in the world.

Word of the Day
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'