A Beginner’s Guide To Video Games
A video game is a controlled, structured form of playing, usually undertaken primarily for fun or entertainment, and occasionally used as an educational tool as well. Videogames are very different from work, that is typically done for remuneration, although work may sometimes be carried out on the basis of unpaid internship. In the case of computer games, there is no real limit as to how much one can play at once, whereas in a work environment, limits may be introduced for the protection of the employees from harm. In both cases, time duration and levels of complexity may vary considerably. There are certain basic characteristics that all video games share, even if these differ slightly from either work or artistic endeavor.
Games normally consist of a game character, displayed on a screen, interacting with a number of objects (such as other players) on the screen. The object is the only thing that moves; all others are merely visual aid, intended to cause the player to move their playing character. These actions are controlled by the keyboard of the player. It is typical for games to have many different environments, with the objective of achieving a goal within those environments. This objective may be to find a specific item, overcome an enemy, complete a quest, or any other standard goal.
Games have become very popular, partly because they offer a variety of entertainment options. One major advantage of games is that they are available on several formats. PC games can be played on personal computers and gaming consoles, while video games can be played on home televisions and personal computers. Some titles are compatible with multiple gaming platforms, through compatibility codes provided with the games themselves. The Internet has also opened up a whole new arena for games, with several websites dedicated to offering downloadable versions of games.
Video games are structured so that the player controls the plot of the game through a series of commands. Usually these commands are made visible to the player by means of a mini HUD (head-screen overlay) and sometimes even through words or images displayed on the screen. The player is allowed to make changes in their progress by re-entering a level, or clicking a different icon. Command-line games are interactive; the interaction is usually initiated by a mouse click, or another method commonly known as “clicking.” The action is carried out by the player using a pointer, although occasionally voice commands may also be used.
Early games were text-based, with commands having no visual sense. As technology advanced and computer systems became more powerful, text-based games gradually replaced game prompts with more detailed ones. Today, games still largely use text as a means of providing instruction and/or messages. Often, however, a game will include complex images or sounds to enhance the experience.
While video games have become widespread, there is one field that has gained prominence since the early days of their development – the arcade. Arcade games have been around for decades and are especially popular among teenagers. Video games and other forms of arcades provide an easy and safe way for teenagers to practice the skills they have learned by playing real life games. For this reason, even high school students have taken to playing video games in order to improve their scores on academic tests. And, increasingly, adults are playing video games to improve their memory and hand-eye coordination.