Definitions for video game

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vid′eo game`(n.)

  1. any of various games played on a video screen or television set with a microcomputer.

    Category: Games

  2. any of various games played on a microchip-controlled device, as a toy or arcade machine.

    Category: Games

Origin of video game:

1970–75

Princeton's WordNet

  1. computer game, video game(noun)

    a game played against a computer

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. video game(noun)ˈvɪd iˌoʊ

    a game that involves controlling images on a computer or TV screen

    teenagers playing video games

Wiktionary

  1. video game(Noun)

    A type of game existing as and controlled by software, usually run by a video game console or a computer, and played on a video terminal or television screen. Controlled by a paddle, joystick, joypad, mouse, keyboard, or a combination of any of these input devices.

Freebase

  1. Video game

    A video game is an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. The word video in video game traditionally referred to a cathode ray tube display device, but it now implies any type of display device that can produce two or three dimensional images. The electronic systems used to play video games are known as platforms; examples of these are personal computers and video game consoles. These platforms range from large mainframe computers to small handheld devices. Specialized video games such as arcade games, while previously common, have gradually declined in use. Video games have gone on to become an art form and industry. The input device primarily used to manipulate video games is called a game controller, and varies across platforms. For example, a controller might consist of only a button and a joystick, while another may feature a dozen buttons and one or more joysticks. Early personal computer games often needed a keyboard for gameplay, or more commonly, required the user to buy a separate joystick with at least one button. Many modern computer games allow or require the player to use a keyboard and a mouse simultaneously. A few of the most common game controllers are gamepads, mouses, keyboards, and joysticks.

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