In the past, the term “gaming” referred only to computer games; today the term is used to refer to any computer-related activity. A game is a virtual interactive tool that entails interaction with a human user interface or display device to produce visual feedback through actions performed by the user. Video games are designed to simulate real world situations and environments, as well as to provide a number of opportunities for entertainment, social interaction, and exercise. They can be played using a personal computer, a personal video player, a hand-held game device, a game console, or a video-playing appliance such as a television or a computer monitor. Although the technological aspects of the modern computer games have changed significantly over time, the basic fundamental components of the games themselves have not changed significantly, with the exception of the type of games available on the market today. The key components of any game include graphics, sound, text, and interactivity.
The graphics component of any game refers to the total visual output that a game provides to users. This can include everything from the characters, to the weaponry used in the game, to the graphics themselves, to user interface controls and menus, to environmental scenery, to player interaction, to environmental sounds, to camera effects, and so forth. In terms of the audio component of a game, this would pertain to the sounds that accompany or otherwise contribute to the overall enjoyment of playing the game. Audio is used to enhance the experience of playing a video game, and can include anything from footsteps, dialogue, to music. Similarly, the text is used to provide players with information about a game’s outcomes, strategies, instructions, options, and other details about the game world.
The last component of any video game is interactivity, which refers to the ability of players to interact with one another and with the computer or other devices that support the video game. There are many ways in which players may interact with one another in many games, ranging from voice messaging, to text chat, to trading items and jobs between players. In terms of video game accessories, some of the most popular include wireless microphones, card game controllers, handheld controllers, car racing controllers, and Bluetooth headset and speakers. These accessories help players immerse themselves completely in the game.