Computer Gaming and Video Games

The term “gaming” is usually used in association with computer or video games. A video game is a computer or video game that involves interactive human interaction using a user interface (an x-box, controllers, keyboard, gamepad, optical disc, etc.) to generate visual output. This type of entertainment has become incredibly popular over the past twenty years and continues to do so in a fast and continuous rate. Gaming is also often referred to as “argentertainment” or “game entertainment,” “playing,” or “massively multi-player online role-playing games.”

Video games such as World of Warcraft or Eve Online have become incredibly popular. Eve Online is well known for its massive, open-ended, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that lets you control a fully functioning human society with only a couple of mouse clicks. In contrast, World of Warcraft is a classic fantasy role-playing video game that allows its players to fight and collaborate with other players around the world for prestige and rewards. There are literally thousands of World of Warcraft members playing the game at any given time.

One thing you need to understand about gaming is that this type of computer entertainment can actually be quite addictive. One of my friends, who happens to be a recovering addict, was actually quite addicted to computer gaming up until the day he died. He would play days and months at a time, sometimes for weeks at a time, until he finally had to seek professional help. As strange as it sounds, his addiction impacted every aspect of his life.