A Brief Look at Video Games
Video games have become a part of our lives. We play them for fun or for profit. We even buy the video games that we like. It is true that video games are a source of entertainment for people, and that many adults have turned to playing them for stress relief and to reduce tension. However, the entertainment value of video games is also growing at an alarming rate; this means that we could soon see children as the new consumers of video games.
A video game is any electronic game that entails interaction with an interactive user interface, typically through a keyboard, mouse, joystick, or gamepad, and sometimes more than one. The most common types of video games today are first-person shooter games (FPS) and action and adventure genres. There are many other types of games as well, including simulation games, sports games, puzzle games, racing games, military games, and more.
Since action and adventure games usually involve some degree of skill or quick thinking, the most popular type of video games is the action-adventure games. They are usually designed to give the player a breather from the more stressful aspects of real life by letting him go on a bit of a hero’s journey. For example, in World of Warcraft (commonly called WoW), the player is put into a fantasy world and the player must explore the different regions of the game. Likewise, in strategy games, players take on the role of military leaders, politicians, or merchants. In these types of video games, there is usually some form of conflict between the protagonist and the antagonists, and the player has to choose the right path to success.
One thing that is very clear about video games today is the increase in casual and social gaming. Today, you can find many cafes, restaurants, and clubs where people play video games for periods of time, or play them by themselves. This increased popularity of the computer games has prompted many companies to jump into the video game industry. In response, a number of manufacturing, software, and design companies have come up in recent years.
There are many different types of genres in the video game industry, but the most popular are the action, adventure, strategy, shooting, sports, puzzles, racing, and simulation. Each genre has its own devoted following, while others have fallen out of favor or have been forced into niche categories because of their lack of success. Action games are very popular and include war, combat, and combat strategies. The first video games to incorporate 3D graphics are the likes of Rare, Electronic Arts, and Nintendo; the latter being the originators of the concept of ‘open worlds’.
Adventure games are similar to those in the action genre, except they are often narrative-based instead of action-driven. Adventure games generally involve solving puzzles or exploring environments, although some do allow the player to perform some action as well. The text-based gameplay of adventure games makes it easy for players to track their progress through various stages, as well as making it possible for players to give commands to characters in certain instances. Strategy games require players to decide on a series of moves and often incorporate strategy elements such as commanding units and weather changes.