The word video in video game traditionally referred to a raster display device, but as of the 2000s, it implies any type of display device that can produce two- or three-dimensional images.
Some theorists categorize video games as an art form, but this designation is controversial.
A "console game" is played on a specialized electronic device that connects to a common television set or composite video monitor, unlike PCs, which can run all sorts of computer programs, a console is a dedicated video game platform manufactured by a specific company.
Usually consoles only run games developed for it, or games from other platform made by the same company, but never games developed by its direct competitor, even if the same game is available on different platforms. Major console platforms include Xbox, Play Station, and Nintendo.
Like consoles, handhelds are dedicated platforms, and share almost the same characteristics.
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Baer called the "Brown Box", it also used a standard television. The distinctions below are not always clear and there may be games that bridge one or more platforms.
In addition to personal computers, there are other devices which have the ability to play games but are not dedicated video game machines, such as smartphones, PDAs and graphing calculators.
As of 2015, video games generated sales of USD 74 billion annually worldwide, and were the third-largest segment in the U. entertainment market, behind broadcast and cable TV.
Early games used interactive electronic devices with various display formats. Inspired by radar display technology, it consisted of an analog device that allowed a user to control a vector-drawn dot on the screen to simulate a missile being fired at targets, which were drawings fixed to the screen.