Why is it called videogames?

The term video game was developed to distinguish this class of electronic games that were played on some type of video screen instead of on a teletype printer or similar device. Inspired by the science fiction novels that Russell and his friends liked, these computer “hackers” decided to create a duel game between two spaceships. The result, called “Spacewar”, made a splash on campus and the variations of the game soon spread to other universities that had computer engineering programs. A unique challenge in 3D computer graphics is that real-time rendering usually requires floating-point calculations, for which, until the 1990s, most video game hardware was not suitable.

Without a season pass, players would still have access to all the fundamental features of a game, including online play, but the season pass provided access to all the expanded content provided for single-player modes and to new characters or items and cosmetics for online modes, and were scheduled to be released normally within a one-year period, usually at a discount compared to purchasing each one individually. In 1966, Baer designed circuits to display and control moving points on a television screen, resulting in a simple chase game he called Fox and Hounds. In general, a consumer could request a shareware game, which provided them with part of the game for free, not including shipping costs. Later, this model was expanded to basically include the demo version of a game on the CD-ROM inserted for Gaming magazine and, later, as digital downloads from various sites such as Tucows.

Several games of historical importance originally functioned as technology demonstrations, after students and technical staff developed them as “after-hours entertainment”. Portable electronic games, which use all computerized components but usually use LED or VFD lights as a display, first emerged in the early 1970s. While players could earn more money through in-game actions, usually by working hard, they could also earn currencies by spending real-world funds on the game. Later systems used terminal control codes (the so-called ANSI art, which included the use of specific IBM characters for PCs that were not part of a standard of the United States National Standards Institute (ANSI)) to obtain a pseudographic interface.

Soon there was a wide variety of games to choose from, but ironically, this surplus proved to be one of the main reasons why the industry faced a serious crisis in the early 1980s. These games, often based on casual game mechanics, usually rely on users interacting with their friends through the social network to gain energy to continue playing.

Dorothy Hetcher
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