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video game

any of various games that can be played by using an electronic control to move points of light or graphical symbols on the screen of a visual display unit
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

video game

[′vid·ē·ō ‚gām]
(electronics)
A form of interactive entertainment in which the player responds to electronically generated images that appear on a video display screen.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

video game

Interactive software that is used for entertainment, role playing and simulation. Video games are played on a Windows PC, mobile device or specialized gaming console such as an Xbox or PlayStation. Due to the ever-increasing speed of today's CPUs and graphics cards, games have become extremely realistic, not only in their animation but in their themes. See video game console, CRPG, Wii, Xbox, PlayStation, Steam and simulator.


First Video Game - Magnavox Odyssey
Only black and white and up and down, people were nevertheless excited to play ping pong on their TVs in 1972. Invented by Ralph Baer, Odyssey was inspiration for Atari's Pong arcade game. (Image courtesy of the Online Odyssey Museum, www.magnavox-odyssey.com)







Sega Arcade Game
Made in the late 1980s, the joy stick simulated an F-14 Tomcat jet. In 2015, this was a give-away in an antique shop (last line says "But, you gotta get me out").







The Enthusiastic Gamer
Prying Alex away from his gaming PC, Xbox and Nintendo Switch (not shown) takes some doing. He also owns a Mac and Chromebook, which is used for school. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley only two miles from Apple Park, this dedicated gamer happens to be the author's grandson. See gaming.







A Boutique for Vintage Games
Classic Games Revisited (CGR) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania sells video games for more than two dozen consoles. CGR performs repairs and has replacement parts for many older machines.


A Boutique for Vintage Games
Classic Games Revisited (CGR) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania sells video games for more than two dozen consoles. CGR performs repairs and has replacement parts for many older machines.


A Boutique for Vintage Games
Classic Games Revisited (CGR) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania sells video games for more than two dozen consoles. CGR performs repairs and has replacement parts for many older machines.
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