How Computer Games Made

In our digital era, computer games have become an integral part of many people’s lives. They are not only fun to play, but they also teach you how to use technology effectively and efficiently.

They can be educational by teaching players about different software programs or gaming techniques, like strategies for the game you just played.

And while some people may feel that gaming is simply a way to waste time, there are actually lots of ways it helps us spend our time more wisely. More than that, it has profound benefits for our mental health and wellness.

This article will talk about seven important things computer games do for you. So keep reading!

Let me start with something very obvious: computer games are fun.

They can be action-packed experiences where you shoot as many enemies as possible in a given amount of time, or stealthy adventures where you avoid detection until you're ready.

There are even puzzle games that require logical thinking and strategy to progress. And all of these types of games are totally free to download and try out.

Early video game consoles

how computer games made

Many people may not know what games have really made a big difference in our lives, aside from being enjoyable experiences. The first console systems that allowed for self-produced games were actually quite sophisticated! These early gaming devices allowed you to make your own games by writing them using an internal programming language or scripting software.

These computer games were usually designed set pieces with pre-written functions that could be integrated into new games. For example, there might be a program where users can shoot all of the other players in the game, or there could be programs that allow users to take over control of certain characters’ actions and/or add extra content to the game (like decorations or stories).

These initial game development tools came later though, only after technology had advanced enough to support it. Some even suggest that these features played a role in the explosion of creativity that we see now with videogames!

There are many examples of this, but one of my personal favorites is Final Fantasy VII. In this game, you play as various versions of the main character, who has been transported to another world. You meet several interesting characters along the way, some of which develop strong relationships with each other and the protagonist.

The writers of FFVII included little moments here and there that would foreshadow events years down the line, making the experience more immersive and meaningful.

The 90s video game consoles

how computer games made

During the 1990s, computer games exploded in popularity. Technology was improving at an incredible speed, making way for newer, better ways to play videogames.

Computer technology now is much faster than it was during the early years of gaming, which is what allowed for more advanced features like 3D graphics and interactive environments.

3D graphics allow for you to see beyond just your screen – you can make the screen look as if there were walls all around you! This is called third-person perspective (TPP) or sometimes referred to as “the immersion factor” because you feel more immersed into the game.

Interactive gameplay also allows players to actively participate in the game instead of simply observing it. For example, when playing a shooting game, you could be aiming your weapon and suddenly, someone else comes out of nowhere and hits you! You would have to reload your gun or find another one!

Another feature that has become very popular are online multiplayer modes. Amp up the immersion even more by having other people interacting with you and sharing experiences while you enjoy the game!

These advanced features require powerful hardware so that gamers can access them. Make sure to check out our article here about different types of computers before buying.

The 2000s video game consoles

how computer games made

During this era, we were given some of the greatest gaming experiences ever made. Starting with PlayStation in 1994 and Nintendo’s GameCube not long after that, these two companies designed their systems with three main components: a console, a controller, and a graphics processing unit (GPU) or “discrete GPU” as it is commonly referred to.

The console is what you actually hold in your hands while playing games on the system. These consoles typically have an internal clock speed that regulates how fast the processor can run. Most recent generation consoles are able to run at over 3 GHz!

The controller is attached to the console via USB so it can be recharged easily. But what many people don’t realize is that controllers also contain integrated GPUs! This allows them to connect directly to the discrete GPU within the console and use it for advanced features like wireless networking, facial recognition software, and more.

Lastly, the GPU itself is usually limited by the amount RAM it has access to. More RAM means better performance because the computer doesn’t need to allocate extra memory to store all of the data being processed. Some newer high end cards even have dedicated DRAM chips just for caching data and settings!

These days there are often low cost solutions to adding additional RAM, but back when most gamers started buying new hardware, 16 GB was the limit.

The 2010s video game consoles

how computer games made

During the past decade, we have seen some incredible technology come out that has influenced many industries beyond gaming. One such example is the use of computer graphics in media.

Computer games have been around for quite some time now, but it was not until recently when they started using advanced software to make the experience more realistic. Technology like ray tracing and other physically-based rendering makes gameplay much more immersive because you are actually interacting with the settings and environments of the game.

This article will discuss three different console generations and how each one made significant contributions to this industry.

Popular video game genres

how computer games made

Recent popular games include so-called action, adventure, shooter, stealth, RPG (role playing game), and other genre types. An action game has you trying to achieve a goal in the fastest time possible while exploring various paths to do so. An example of an action game is Uncharted, where you play as Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who must navigate around different environments and use his wits to survive.

An adventure game requires you to explore and find clues to advance the story. The best examples are The Legend Of Zelda series, where you play as Link, a warrior seeking revenge against people that harmed your kingdom.

A shooter puts you in control of a weapon with which you take aim at targets or enemies. Examples of this include Super Mario Bros., where you shoot goombas, and Call Of Duty, where you target terrorists or Nazis.

An RPG gives you character growth through conversations, quests, and tasks. Yours job is to develop these characters and win over others’ trust to succeed in your mission! An example of this is The Elder Scrolls Series, where you create your own character and level up by completing quests or buying equipment for him/her.

The difference between each type of game depends on what kind of gameplay they have, but all involve controlling discrete actions within defined parameters.

Popular video game companies

how computer games made

Certain popular computer games are actually made using other, more artistic skills. Some of these art styles include: 2D platforming, puzzle solving, RPG (role-playing game) making, shooter design, and story telling.

Many people recognize these types of games but few know how they’re built! While some people may have learned how to use certain software programs to create these parts, it is not common to find someone who has done it full time.

That being said, there are many ways artists can contribute to the development process of a game. This article will go into detail about what positions exist in gaming, which ones are needed, and some of the best practices for each position.

Disclaimer: The content in this article should not be used as guidance towards becoming an artist or developer for gaming. These tips are just that — helpful suggestions that may inspire you to learn more about the field.

There are several different areas within the videogame industry where individuals with various creative specialties come together to make a new game. Each area requires their own set of talents and responsibilities.

This article will focus mostly on the role of Art Director, Game Designer, Lead Artist, and Producer. All four of these professionals work under the leadership of a Project Manager and a Business Developer.

Popular video game characters

how computer games made

Many popular computer games feature strong, well-developed female protagonists. Whether they are in control of situations or not is dependent upon what kind of game it is, but overall their stories focus more on them as individuals than on relationships.

Many people attribute this to gaming being a male dominated genre. While this is definitely true at times, there are many examples of successful women-focused games that prove this theory wrong!

Video games have always been considered a medium for entertainment first and foremost, so it makes sense that most of the content would be focused on action or adventure storylines rather than ones with deeper themes.

That said, there are several reasons why you should consider adding some women’s fiction to your collection if you enjoy playing videogames!

This article will discuss my top five favorite gamer heroine novels and how you can easily add these books to your library.

Disclaimer: I was paid by the author or publisher for writing this piece. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the writer/publisher and no monetary compensation was received nor requested. These articles like any others do not represent IFMW Publications, Inc., or anyone associated with aIFWM, including our editorial staff.

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Popular video game locations

how computer games made

Many popular games feature settings or environments that have become recognizable trademarks of the franchise. These are often referred to as “iconic” areas, stories, or levels within the game.