What are video games?

             Video games are played either on home television or computer display screen or used for commercial purpose in amusement shops (arcades). Most video games are meant for entertainment but some are meant for educational purposes too. They may be played by one person or in competition with others.

              Most video games present changing colourful visual effects and complicated sound effects. A video game is controlled by a microprocessor. All video games have a programme. They are connected to a viewing screen or video screen that is why these games are called video games.

              Video games are of two types, namely, arcade games and home games. Arcade games are designed to play one kind of game while home games are programmable, i.e. they can be programmed to play different kinds of games.

              Equipment for a typical video game consists basically of a microprocessor module connected to a television set. A cartridge inserted into the module provides the programme for the games action. The cartridge contains a ROM chip. This chip has all the instructions for playing the game and its accompanying sound. The action circuit board connects the ROM to the game console. A key board, key pad, rotary knob or joy stick control the action. A home computer can also be used for playing these games.

              Video games are modelled on war themes or space travel. Some are sports card games, board games and word games.

               Video games are a favourite of children of all age groups as well as adults.