Chapter 7. Playing with Multimedia and Games

Sounds, visual effects, even tactile feedback have all become standard parts of the Windows computing environment. Only gamers used to enjoy these elements, but today, you run into them constantly. Windows contains a wealth of multimedia—you find it on the Internet, some people use their computer DVDs to play movies, and of course, games have only gotten more multimedia oriented as time has passed. In short, the Windows user of today needs to know something about multimedia, and it helps to know a little about games, too.

We’ll begin our whirlwind tour of multimedia today by looking at the Windows offerings. We’ll look at old standby applications such as the CD Player and Sound Recorder. Of course, the ...

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