Video games are a type of entertainment electronics that have a common component of a visual, or video, interface for input and feedback. In general, this can include any kind of software game that utilizes some type of display, such as a TV screen, a computer monitor or small display built right into the gaming unit.
When video gaming was first introduced into the marketplace, the term “video” referred rather specifically to what was known as a raster display device. However, today the term “video game” simply means any kind of video display that is able to interact with the software games and correctly display the functions of the game.
There are a number of brands of electronic systems on the market that are specifically designed for video games. Each video game system is known as a separate platform. The most common and popular video game platforms are the PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox brands.
These dedicated game platforms usually are attached to a standard television set which becomes the screen for the games. There are also handheld versions of some of these gaming platforms and these units will have a small video screen built into the unit. Some of these games will also run on a Pocket PC device which is another good option for portability and convenience.
In addition to the dedicated gaming platforms, there are also many software games that will run on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh computers. This means that anyone with a computer can also enjoy playing games with a variety of computer software gaming options and without having to buy a separate, dedicated video game platform.
Usually, there is a much wider variety of software games that run on computers than the number of games available for the dedicated boxes. But at the same time, video gaming enthusiasts often prefer the video game platforms because the games are more interesting, intense and challenging.
Another aspect to consider is that the dedicated platform for a video game is designed more for multiple players and so that is often an advantage that is preferred. Also, games that run on computers are often considered more limiting because the size of the computer monitor is generally much smaller than the size of the television screen to which the dedicated game boxes are connected.
In many households, the computer is often used for homework, household management and business purposes, so therefore the computer is not as available for entertainment purposes. This is another reason that the dedicated platforms for games are popular because it avoids the fight over the use of the computer.