Interactive Video Game Technologies
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 ...