Interactive Video Game Technologies

John Long, Ph.D.*

The terms video game and computer game are often used interchangeably, although their markets vary moderately. To use one or the other, there are some common components. Both have a display module consisting of a television, monitor, or liquid crystal display (LCD). The internal system configuration, detailed extensively throughout this chapter, is a necessary component, as is a user control interface that includes a controller, joystick, keyboard, or mouse, or more recently, voice recognition.

This chapter details the technological evolution of the video game console, the emergence of hand-held units, the industry dynamics of the manufacturers, and the status of the software publishing ...

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