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A video game or computer game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface or input device (such as a joystick, controller, keyboard, or motion sensing device) to generate visual feedback from a display device, most commonly shown in a video format on a television set, computer monitor, flat-panel display or touchscreen on handheld devices, or a virtual reality headset. Most modern video games are audiovisual, with audio complement delivered through speakers or headphones, and sometimes also with other types of sensory feedback (e.g., haptic technology that provides tactile sensations). Some video games also allow microphone and webcam inputs for in-game chatting and livestreaming.

Video games are typically categorized according to their hardware platform, which traditionally includes arcade video games, console games, and computer (PC) games; the latter also encompasses LAN games, online games, and browser games. More recently, the video game industry has expanded onto mobile gaming through mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablet computers), virtual and augmented reality systems, and remote cloud gaming. Video games are also classified into a wide range of genres based on their style of gameplay and target audience. (Full article...)

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  • ... that the music for the video game Rings of Power was composed by a first-year medical student?
  • ... that Paul Dini was a writer for both the animated television series Batman: The Animated Series and the video game series Batman: Arkham?
  • ... that approximately 85 percent of Manhattan was recreated for the 2008 video game The Incredible Hulk?
  • ... that the developers of the video game Golf Club: Wasteland jokingly announced that they would only sell one copy at a price of $500 million?
  • ... that Rockstar Vienna was the largest video game developer in Austria when it closed in 2006?
  • ... that the urban legend Herobrine was ranked on a Guinness World Records poll of the best video game villains, despite never existing?
  • ... that the European version of the video game Tomba! uses the theme song of the television series No Sweat as its opening theme?
  • ... that Through the Darkest of Times was the first video game published in Germany to use swastikas?
  • ... that the album series Jingle Cats spawned Jingle Dogs, Jingle Babies, and a Japanese video game in which "the object is to breed and care for cats, which begin to sing when they're done copulating"?
  • ... that MicroProse was formed to publish Hellcat Ace after Sid Meier boasted that he could design a better video game than Red Baron in a week?
  • ... that Rawson Stovall became the first nationally syndicated video game journalist in the United States when he was only eleven years old?
  • ... that Kainé from the video game series Nier was created in response to a female staff member's vague wish for a "male heroine"?

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Launch event at a Best Buy store in New York City held the night of Halo 3's release.

Recent video game-related events

December 22, 2023 –
China passes a series of regulations aimed at limiting video game microtransactions. The new rules include banning rewards for logging on for multiple consecutive days and banning rewards for players if they spend money in a game for the first time. (Reuters)
November 19, 2023 – 2023 League of Legends World Championship
In esports, South Korean team T1 wins a record-extending fourth World Championship in the multiplayer online battle arena video game League of Legends, after defeating Chinese team Weibo Gaming 3–0 in the final. (AFP via France 24)
October 13, 2023 – Acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority approves Microsoft's takeover of video game company Activision Blizzard. (BBC News)

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