Computer Games

A video game is a structured, action-filled form of play, normally undertaken for fun or entertainment, and at times used as a teaching tool. Games are different from work, which are often carried out only for recreation, and from art, that are more often a medium of artistic or symbolic elements. Games can be single player games, in which the player acts the part of a protagonist, a character creating their own life under intense time constraints, exploring the virtual world around them and solving puzzles; multiplayer games, in which multiple players are playing the same game, affecting each other’s game-play and trying to overcome challenges through collaboration; and role playing games (like Wizardry, that creates a whole world, populated by characters that interact), where the player assumes the role of a fictional character controlling that character’s activities in the game-real life parallel.


There are many genres of games, the most common being simulation games, which require skills that would normally be learned through school, but can also be learned through playing such games as Abalone and Solitaire. Action games add some spice to the action, such as racing, shooting, or other physically demanding activities. Card games include all those games, you know, including hearts, spades, and more. Many people like to play memory and card games, such as chess.

There are many companies who produce and market computer games. Most large companies produce multi-player games; however, new technology has made possible development of games through the Internet, with the availability of game engines that create the basis of the games themselves. These game engines allow people to create games in the style of a traditional RPG’s (role playing games) and to use the same basic game mechanics. Many popular PC games can now be played online. The quality of these online games is often equal or sometimes greater, than the quality of console games.