Computer Gaming Basics
Computer games are played on personal computers, commonly through the Internet or World Wide Web. A computer game is a computer or video game that entails interaction with an external user interface or input apparatus, such as a mouse, keyboard, joystick, or finger input device, to produce visual output. Games players can interact with other players to take on turns and compete with them in the “leader-board” fashion. In most computer games, the player controls the storyline by interacting with the characters in the game.
The type of graphics and sounds used in video games vary greatly. Most video games created for personal computers are produced with relatively high resolution graphics, which are close to realistic, though not as detailed as those seen in action games. Some gaming computers are equipped with sound cards capable of producing surround sound effects, though not true surround sound. Some video games are designed to operate with minimum system requirements, while others require higher specification systems. Typically, gaming computers are equipped with a standard keyboard and a mouse, though more advanced and expensive gaming computers are also available with additional equipment such as digital sound cards, optical drives, or DVD/CD drives.
One of the earliest forms of entertainment were electronic games. In recent years, gaming consoles have gained popularity. While the gaming console market has experienced substantial change over the years, the typical electronic games console has one common feature: the ability to connect to the Internet. With Internet access readily available through wireless connections installed in most new computers and gaming consoles, gaming online has become all the rage.