Minecraft is a veritable juggernaut in the PC gaming world, with a bustling mod community, dedicated Let's Play streamers, and hundreds of variations on play to keep things fresh. Nearly everywhere you go, even in department stores, you see the gaping mouths of Creepers, blank stares of Steve heads, and even diamond pickaxe styluses.
Last year several geek-inspired words made it into the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, including 'webinar', 'netroots', 'pretexting', 'fanboy', and 'malware'. Whether Merriam-Webster choose to recognize it or not, 'noob' might soon become a real English term as well, as determined by the Global Language Monitor (GLM).
"The widespread popularity of English as a second language in Asia has brought about the most fertile period of word generation since William Shakespeare's time with new terms coined on average every 98 minutes, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports.
It takes using a word 25,000 times by media outlets and social networking sites for the GLM to acknowledge it, and the race is on to become the one millionth English word. Other possible entries include 'defollow,' 'defriend,' 'greenwashing,' 'and chiconomics.'
Just call it the anti-Crysis. If Crytek’s immersive next-gen messiah is suppose to usher in a revolutionary era of open-ended shooters, Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4
shows us why linear missions and wholly scripted gameplay aren’t ready
to be replaced yet. The shift in this series’ setting to modern day
brings more high-tension gunplay and explosive ambiance than any game
in recent memory. From furious firefights in Arab towns to nail-biting
infiltration missions under the dark of Russian night, we were absorbed
in more grandiose military heroics than any Michael Bay blockbuster.
And since the game’s goal is to take you along for an unabashed joy
ride, that’s actually a good thing.