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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 graffiti artists hired for the video game Skitchin' were interviewed at a train station because they were too young to drive?
  • ... that the video game JFK Reloaded recreates the assassination of John F. Kennedy from the perspective of the killer?
  • ... that Kainé from the video game series Nier was created in response to a female staff member's vague wish for a "male heroine"?
  • ... that the video game Serious Sam: Tormental was originally inspired by Geometry Wars?
  • ... that a version of the video game Rhino Rumble was not released due to the creators not wanting to add licensed characters?
  • ... that the concept of adding strippers to the extreme sports video game BMX XXX was initially proposed in jest?
  • ... that the 1979 video game Superman was one of the first console games with a pause feature?
  • ... that the success of Kingdom Rush prompted plans to grow the video game industry of Uruguay?
  • ... that Rawson Stovall became the first nationally syndicated video game journalist in the United States when he was only eleven years old?
  • ... that the Chicago Sun-Times credits JumpStart Toddlers as the first video game targeted towards babies?
  • ... that a pink skin for Mercy in the video game Overwatch helped raise more than $12 million for breast cancer research?
  • ... that Elena from the video game series Street Fighter uses a capoeira fighting style, for which the development team used travel videos as reference material as they had no experience with the style?

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Recent video game-related events

May 24, 2024 – Uvalde school shooting
Families in Uvalde, Texas, U.S., file a lawsuit against Daniel Defense and Activision Blizzard for creating the DDM4 V7 gun and promoting the weapon through the game Call of Duty, respectively. They also sue Meta Platforms for owning Instagram, which was used by the gunman. (AP)
April 16, 2024 – 2023–2024 video game industry layoffs
American video game company Take-Two Interactive lays off 5% of its workforce. (Reuters)
April 10, 2024 – 2023–2024 video game industry layoffs
American video game company Epic Games announces that it will lay-off around 870 employees, roughly one-sixth of its workforce, due to slower growth than expected. (CBC via Yahoo! News)

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