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While many different subdivisions have been proposed, anthropologists classify games under three major headings, and have drawn some conclusions as to the social bases that each sort of game requires. They divide games broadly into, games of pure skill, such as hopscotch and target shooting; games of pure strategy, such as checkers, go, or tic-tac-toe; and games of chance, such as craps and snakes and ladders. A guide for game preview and rules: history, definitions, classification, theory, video game consoles, cheating, links, etc.

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Game Preview
Games
– Definition
– Games in philosophy
– Anthropology of games
– – Classes of games
– – Games and sports
– One-person games
– Types of games
– See also
– References
Game Semantics
– Intuitionistic logic, denotational semantics, linear logic
– Quantifiers
– Articles
– Books
Game Mechanic
– Game play mechanics
– – Action points
– – Auction or bidding
– – Cards
– – Capture
– – Dice
– – Movement
– – Resource management
– – Role-playing
– – Tile-laying
– Victory condition mechanics
– – Goals
– – Piece elimination
– – Puzzle guessing
– – Races
– – Structure building
– – Territory control
– – Victory points
– Gameplay vs. Game_mechanic.html in video games
Artistic Computer Game Modification
– Techniques
– – Narrative Machinima
– – Sequential Machinima
– – Abstract Machinima
– – Sonichima
– – Generative Art Mods
– – Performative Interventions
– – Site-specific Installations and site-relative mods
– – Real time performance instruments
– Artists
– Timeline
– Theorists
– See also
Game Artists
– Computer and video games
Toys
– Toys by culture
– Examples
– – Materials
– See also
Gameplay
– Gameplay vs. Game_mechanic.html in video games
Score
– Sport
– Video Games
High Score
– History
– – Internet influence
– High score in culture
Game Players
– Players in competition
– Number of players
Virtual Communities
– Benchmark Virtual Communities
– Additional Virtual Community Listings
– – Discussion boards
– – Art communities
– – MUD, MUSH, MOO
– – Other types
– Virtual Community Pioneers and Experts
– See Also
Clan
– Clans by Structure
– – Small social groups
– – Single-game groups
– – Communities
– – Syndicates
– – E-Sports Teams
– Clans by game genre
– – Clans in first-person shooters
– – Clans in strategy games
– – Clans in RPGs
– Organization
Game Manufacturers
Freeware Games
– Games
– Commercial games released as freeware
– Games no longer allowed to be distributed
– See also
Free Game Software
– List of free game software
Freely Downloadable Game Software
– List of free, open-source games
– Freeware games
– Commercial games released as freeware
– Games which used to be freeware but can no longer be distributed
– See also
Game Classification
Challenge/skill Games
Games of Skill
– See also
Board Games
– History
– – Timeline
– Luck, strategy and diplomacy
– Common terminology
– References
– See also
Abstract Strategy Games
– The “No Chance” Criterion
– List of Abstract Strategy games
– – Chess and Chess-like games
– – Paper and Pencil Games
– – Other Games
List of Board Games
– Two-player abstract strategy games
– – Classic two-player abstract strategy games
– – Modern two-player abstract strategy games
– Two-player games of chance
– Multi-player elimination games
– European race games
– Multiplayer games without elimination
– Games of physical skill
– Children’s games
– Generic game sets
Card Games
– Seating of players
– The pack or deck
– The deal
– The rules
– – Rule infractions
– Types of card games
– – Trick-taking games
– – Rummy-style games
– – Casino or gambling card games
– – Solitaire (or Patience) games
– – Shedding games
– – Accumulating games
– – Miscellaneous playing card games
– – Multi-genre games
– – Collectible card games (CCG’s)
– – Other card games
– – Fictional card games
– See also
Trick Taking Games
– Essential building-block: The trick
– Variations in trick-taking games
– – Objective
– – Scoring
– – Trick structure
– – Partnership
– – Trump
– – Auction
– See also
List of Trick-taking Games
Collectible Card Games
– Gameplay
– – Internet play
– Distribution
– Patent
– References
– See also
List of Collectible Card Games
– Contents
– 2006 Releases
– 2005 Releases
– 2004 Releases
– 2003 Releases
– 2002 Releases
– 2001 Releases
– 2000 Releases
– 1999 Releases
– 1998 Releases
– 1997 Releases
– 1996 Releases
– 1995 Releases
– 1994 Releases
– 1993 Releases
– Digital/Online CCGs
Playing Cards
– History
– – Early history
– – Spread across Europe and early design changes
– – Later design changes
– – Alleged symbolism
– Playing cards today
– – Anglo-American
– – German and Austrian
– – Hungarian
– – Italian
– – Spanish
– – Japanese
– Reference
– Card magicians and gambling authorities
– See also
Educational Games
Letter Games
– See also
Mental-skill Games
– List of mental games
Play-by-mail Games
– Postal gaming
– Internet play-by-mail
Puzzle Games
– Well known puzzles
– See also
– References
Guessing Games
Pencil and Paper Games
– List of Paper and Pencil games
– – List of Paper & Pencil games usually played with a board
Word Games
– See also
Online Skill-based Games
Online Multiplayer Games
Games of Physical Skill
– Examples of games of physical skill
– See also
Games of Chance
– See also
Gambling
– Legal aspects
– Psychological aspects
– – Help for addictive gamblers
– Types of gambling
– – Casino games
– – – “Beatable” casino games
– – – “Unbeatable” casino games
– – Non-casino gambling games
– – Fixed-odds gambling
– – Gambling on horse races
– – Sports betting
– – Scratchcards
– – Other types of betting
– – Arbitrage betting
– Staking systems
– List of notable wagers
– Associated word usage
– See also
– Bibliography
Sports Betting
– Types of bets
– Bookmaking
– Betting scandals
– See also
Dice Games
Scrabble
– History
– Game details
– – Notation system
– – Sequence of play
– – Scoring
– – Acceptable words
– – Challenges
– Club and tournament play
– Strategy and tactics
– Computer players
– Records
– Works detailing tournament Scrabble
– References in literature, television, and film
Casino Games
Casino
– See also
Online Casino
– Casino types
– – Web-based online casinos
– – Download-based online casinos
– Games offered
– Bonuses
– Rogues
– Player fraud
– See also
Lottery
– Countries with a national lottery
– – Lottery in the United States
– – Lottery in Canada
– – Lottery in France
– Probability of winning
– Payment of prizes
– Scams and Frauds
– See also
Bingo
– Description of the game
– Bingo Cards
– Culture
– History
– The business of bingo
– Caller slang (UK Housie)
– Trivia
– Alternate variations
Keno
– History
– Modern keno
Slot Machines
– History
– Description
– Terminology
– Pay Table
– Technology
– American slot machines
– – Slot clubs
– Australian slot machines
– European slot machines
– Japanese slot machines
– Myths debunked
– Addiction
– Trivia
Spinning Top
– Types of top
– – Dreidel
– – Perinola
Piñata
– Other meanings
Games of Strategy
– See also
Mastermind
– Solving the game
Simulation Games
– Overview
– Genres
– Computer and video games
– – Examples
– – – Maxis games
– – – Non-Maxis games
– See also
Nation-simulation Games
– Scale
– Genres
– See also
Space Simulation
– The Collapse of the Space-sim Genre
– The Future of the Genre
– List of realistic space simulations
– List of “space sim” computer games
Equipment
Sport
– History of sport
– A classification of sports
– – Achievement
– – Sports that fall into multiple categories
– Sportsmanship
– Professionalism and the regulation of sport
– Sport and politics
– Art and sport
– The terms ‘sport’ and ‘sports’
– Recommended reading
Ball Games
One-person Games
Arcade Games
– History
– Technology
– Emulation
– Locations
– Game design
– See also
Golden Age of Arcade Games
– Overview
– Business
– Technology
– Gameplay
– Most popular games
– The end of the era
– Legacy
– Further reading
– See also
Timeline of Arcade Game History
– Contents
– 1971
– 1972
– 1975
– 1976
– 1981
– 1982
– 1983
– 1986
– 1988
– 1989
– 1992
– 1993
– 1994
– 1999
Redemption Games
Video Arcade
– Types of games
– Popularity
– See also
Arcade Cabinet
– Parts of an arcade cabinet
– Types of cabinets
– – Upright cabinets
– – Cocktail or table cabinets
– – Sit-down cabinets
– – Cockpit/Environmental cabinets
– – Mini cabinets
– – Countertop cabinets
– Restoration
– – Artwork
– – Control panels, bezels, marquees
– – Monitors
– – Wiring
– Scratch built
– References
– See also
List of Arcade Games
Computer and Video Games
– History
– – The future of console gaming
– Gameplay
– Genres
– Gaming platforms
– – Personal Computer
– – – Internet
– – Console
– – Handheld
– – Arcade
– Popularity
– – Sales
– – Computer and video games in the broader culture
– – Controversy
– Development
– – Game modifications
– Naming
History of Computer and Video Games
– The 1950s
– The 1960s
– The 1970s
– – Coin-op Games: Dawn of a Golden Age
– – Games on University Mainframe Computers
– – Early handheld games
– – Gaming on home computers
– – The first home video games (1972-1977)
– – Early 8-bit home consoles (1977-1983)
– The 1980s
– – Bulletin Board Systems and early online gaming
– – Handheld LCD games
– – 8-bit era, or ‘Post-crash/Late’ 8-bit era (1985-1989)
– The 1990s
– – Decline of arcades
– – Handhelds come of age
– – 16-bit era (1989-1994)
– – 32-bit / 64-bit era (1995 – 1999)
– The 2000s
– – Sixth generation era (1998 – 2004)
– – Seventh generation (2004 – present)
– References
– See also
– External links
History of Video Games (Pre-crash Systems)
– The first home video games (1972-1977)
– Early 8-bit home consoles (1977-1983)
– Early handheld game consoles
– The first home video game systems
– Early cartridge-based 8-bit systems
– Handheld Consoles
– Video game franchises established during this time
Video Game Crash of 1983
– Causes
– – The impact of home computers
– – The flood of products
– – Retailers’ loss of faith
– – A savage price war
– Long-term impact on the industry
– Notes
– References
History of Video Games (8-bit Era)
– Consoles of the 8-bit era
– – Handheld Consoles
– Video game franchises established during this time
History of Video Games (16-bit Era)
– The beginning
– The “console war”
– Add-ons
– European importing
– The rise of franchises
– In the end
– Consoles of the 16-bit era
– – Handheld Consoles
– Video game franchises established during the 16-bit era
– See also
History of Video Games (32-bit Era)
– ‘New school’ gaming
– System wars
– CD vs Cartridge
– Consoles of the 32-bit / 64-bit era
– – Handheld Consoles
– Video game franchises established
– Milestone titles
– See also
History of Video Games (Seventh Generation Era)
– The HD era
– Video game systems
– – Video game consoles
– – Video game handheld
History of Video Games (Sixth Generation Era)
– Video game handhelds
– Emu and Retro gaming
– Video game systems
– – Video game consoles
– – Number of bits
– Video games
– – Three horse race
– – Controversies
– – Franchises started
– – Milestone titles
– References
PC Games
– Overview
– History
– PC Game Development
– – Noteable Developers
– Distribution media and marketing
– – Traditional
– – Shareware
– – Web-based delivery
– – Service-based delivery platform
– – – Gametap
– – – Steam
– – Piracy and warez
– – – Emulators
– – Expansion packs
– Popular and notable genres of PC gaming
– Characteristics unique to PC gaming
– – Moddability and user-created content
– – Rich user experience
– – More players in online gaming
– – Preferences
– Computer gaming hardware
– – Hardware
– – Operating systems
– – Multiplayer
– Cultural impact
– – Japan
– – UK and US
– – Southeast Asia
– Screenshots
Adventure Games
– History
– – Colossal Cave Adventure
– – Scott Adams
– – Graphical progress
– – Infocom
– – Sierra
– – LucasArts
– – Myst
– Types of adventure games
– – Puzzle adventure
– – Action-adventure
– – Text based
– – Graphical adventure
– – RPG-like
– – Other
– Modern adventure games
– Common features
– Notable adventure games
– – Series
– References
– See also
Action-adventure Games
Amateur Adventure Games
– History
– List of popular engines
– – Freeware
– – Shareware
– – Commercial
– See also
Fughting Games
– Scrolling fighting game
– – Golden age of scrolling fighting games
– – Modern scrolling fighting games
– Versus fighting game
– – The 2D/3D difference
Tactical Shooter
First-person Shooter
– Sub-genres
– Game conventions
– Platforms and hardware development
– Online play and mods
– History
– – Beginnings
– – 1979-1990: Arcades and home computers
– – 1991-1993: Defining the genre
– – 1994-2000: After Doom
– – The 2000s
– Controversy
– List of notable titles and development houses
– – Selected list of FPS developers
– Selected important games in FPS development
– See also
Third-person Shooter
Rail Shooter
– Traditional Rail Shooter Games
– Light-Gun Games
Counter-Strike
– Gameplay
– – Bomb Defusal
– – Hostage Rescue
– – Assassination
– – Escape
– History
– – Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
– – Counter-Strike: Source (CS:S)
– Map types
– Player models
– – Counter-Terrorist models
– – Terrorist models
– – Other models
– Culture
– Legacy of Counter-Strike
– Mods and scripts
– See also
God Games
Maze
– Solving mazes
– – Wall follower
– – Pledge algorithm
– – Random mouse
– – Tremaux’s algorithm
– Generating Mazes
– – Stack based approach
– Mazes open to the public
– Maze by Christopher Manson
– Mazes in science experiments
– Other types of mazes
– Further reading
Computer Board Games
Internet Games
– Earlier in PC Gaming
– Beginning of the Modern Online PC Gaming
– Timeline
– – 1995
– – 1997
– – 1998
– – 1999
– – 2000
– – 2001
– – 2004
Computer Role-playing Games
– Overview
– – Character development
– – Setting genres
– – Layout
– – Combat sequencing
– History
– Modern games
– Cultural differences
– – Japanese (and East Asian)
– – American (and other Western)
– – Comparison
– Shared characteristics
– Relationship to pen-and-paper RPGs
– Variant terminology
– Chronology of CRPGs
– – Chronology of computer RPGs
– – Chronology of console RPGs
– List of companies
– Related genres
Shooter Games
– Perspective
– Realism
– Number of characters
– Focus
– Shoot ’em up
– Rail Shooter
– Run-and-Gun Shooter
– Light-gun games
– Hybrid
– Multiplayer
Browser Games
– Plugins Used
– Server-Side Games
– See also
List of Browser Games
Real-time Strategy
– Brief History
– Gameplay
– Micro-management games
– Macro-management games
– Others
– Graphics
– Future games
MUDs
– History
– Variations on MUDs
– – Graphical MUDs
– – Talkers and spods
– – RPIMUDs
– – Complex Combat MUDs
– See also
MMOGs
– Overview and history
– Comparing MMOG’s to other computer games
– Types of MMOG’s
– – MMORPG
– – MMOFPS
– – MMORTS
– – BBMMORPG
– – Others
MMORPGs
– History
– – 1980s
– – Early 1990s
– – Late 1990s
– – 2000 to present
– Academic attention
– Amateur development
– Browser-based MMORPGs
– MUD
– Genre challenges
– – Cheating
– – Private servers
– See also
– References
List of MMORPGs
– By graphics
– – Sprite-based
– – 3D world with sprite characters
– – 3D
– – Mobile
– Free to Play
– Science fiction
– Comic book setting
– Cartoon setting
– Historical
– Modern setting
– Text
– See also
MMOFPSs
– About
– MMOFPS Games
– – World War II Online
– – PlanetSide
– See also
MMORTSs
Platform Games
– History
– – The 2D era
– – The 3D era
– Chronology of significant platform games
Computer Puzzle Games
– Tetris
– See also
List of Computer Puzzle Games
– Visual matching
– Maze/obstacle course navigation
– Hidden object
– Single character control
– Multiple character control
– Multiple puzzle types
– Collections
– Other
– See also
Dating Simulations
– Technical definition
– Characteristics
– Popular dating sims
Halo
– Video games
– – Halo: Combat Evolved
– – – Halo: Custom Edition
– – Halo 2
– Future Video Game Releases
– – Halo 3
– – Halo Gizmondo/mobile
– Possible influences
– – Marathon
– – Films
– – Known Space
– – The Culture
– – Other Science Fiction
– – Common culture
– Other
– – Master Chief
– – Novels
– – Nonfiction Books
– – Fan Fiction
– – The Haunted Apiary
– – Halo Machinima
– – Time Magazine
– – Dead or Alive 4
– – Music
Interactive Fiction
– The medium of interactive fiction
– History
– – Adventure
– – The commercial era
– – – Infocom
– – – Adventure International
– – – Legend Entertainment
– – – Other companies
– – The modern era
– Notable works of interactive fiction
– Sample transcript
– Interactive fiction development systems
– See also
– Alternative definitions
Music Video Games
Major developers
– NanaOn-Sha
– BEMANI (née Konami g.m.d)
– Harmonix
– United Game Artists/Q Entertainment
See also
Racing Games
– Sim racers
– Arcade racers
– Simulation style racing games
– Semi-simulation style racing games
– Arcade style racing games
– Futuristic racers
– Kart racers
– Arcade racing games time line
Roguelike
– Overview
– Roguelike Family Tree
– List of popular roguelikes (and other descendents of Rogue)
Serious Games
– Overview
– Development
– – Advantages
– List of serious games
– Serious game developers
Shoot ’em Up
– Types of Arcade Shooters/Shmups
– – Fixed Shooter
– – Vertical Scrolling Shooter
– – Horizontal Scrolling Shooter
– – Multi-Scrolling Shooter
– – Tube Shooter
– – Multi-directional Shooter
– – 3/4 View Shooter
– Styles of Arcade Shooters/Shmups
– – Standard
– – Bullet Curtain
– – Competitive
– Non-Arcade Style Shooters/”Action-Shooters”/Other Shooters
– Screenshots of Arcade Shooters/Shmups
– – Fixed and Gallery Shooters
– – Horizontal Scrolling Shooters
– – Vertical Scrolling Shooters
– – Multi-scrolling Shooters
– – Tube Shooters
– – Multi-Directional Shooters
– – 3/4 View Shooters
Turn-based Games
– Types
– Examples
– – Example board games
– – Examples Play-by-mail games
– – Example computer games
– – – Mainstream companies
– – – Indie game developers
– – – Open source games
Console Games
– Introduction
– Console and display
– – Controllers
– – Screen
– Limitations
– Ratings & Censorship
– – ESRB
– – PEGI
– – Germany: BPjM and USK
– Other information
– Critics of video games
– See also
Video Game Consoles
– Seventh Generation Consoles
– Sixth Generation Consoles
– See also
– Books
List of Video Game Consoles
– Seventh generation era (2004-present)
– Sixth generation era (1998-2006)
– 32/64-bit era (1993-1999)
– 16-bit era (1989-1995)
– 8-bit era/Post-crash of ’83 era (1985-1990)
– Early cartridge-based 8-bit systems (1979-1984)
– The first home video games/pre-crash of ’77 (1972-1977)
– See also
Game Boy
– History
– Versions
– – Game Boy
– – Game Boy Pocket
– – – Game Boy Light
– – Game Boy Color
– – Game Boy Advance
– – – Game Boy Advance SP
– – – Game Boy micro
– – Nintendo DS
– Accessories
– – Game Boy Camera & Printer
– – Super Game Boy
– – Transfer Pak
– – Game Boy ExChanger (GBX)
– – Game Boy Player
– – Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter
– – e-Reader
– Cartridges
– Popularity
– Popular culture
– Emulation
– See also
Game Boy Advance
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Controller input
– Online service
– Units sold
– Top-selling game
– Hardware
– – Processors
– – Display
– – Graphics
– – Media
– – Connectivity
– Models
– – Game Boy Advance (original model)
– – Game Boy Advance SP
– – Game Boy Micro
– Accessories
– – Unofficial accessories
– Sales And Marketing
– Games
– See also
Game Boy Advance SP
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Changes
– – Improvements
– – Headphone jack
– – Battery life
– Backlit model
– Criticism
– See also
Game Boy micro
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Controller input
– Units sold
– Design and specifications
– – Software
– Packaging
– Release and Sales
– Reaction
– – Criticism
– – Praise
– References
Gizmondo
– Gizmondo
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Releases
– Functionality and specifications
– Competition
– Controversy
– See also
Nintendo
– Type
– Founded
– Location
– Key people
– Industry
– Products
– Employees
– Website
– History
– – 1889–1968
– – 1969–1980
– – 1980–1982
– – 1983–1989
– – 1990–1995
– – 1996–2001
– – 2002–present
– Other consoles
– – Nintendo 64
– – Nintendo GameCube
– – Nintendo “Revolution”
– Handheld consoles
– – Game Boy
– – Nintendo DS
– Other hardware
– Policies
– – Emulation
– – Censorship
– – Public relations
– Community
– People
– Notable software and franchises
– Divisions
– – First-party
– – Second-party
– – Devoted third-party companies
– Arcade games released by Nintendo
– Anime
– Nintendo offices and locations
– Unauthorized Brand Use in the Philippines
– See also
Nintendo GameCube
– Nintendo GameCube
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Top-selling game
– Launch titles
– Overview
– Software library
– – Key first-party titles
– – Market share
– – Major second and third-party titles
– Hardware specifications
– – Central processing unit
– – Graphics processing unit
– – Audio specifications
– – Other system specifications
– – Media
– – Controller
– Accessories/peripherals
– Marketing
– Sales
Nintendo DS
– Nintendo DS
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Units sold
– Top-selling game
– Functionality
– Design and specifications
– – Technology
– – Inputs and outputs
– – Firmware
– – Compatibility
– – Interference
– – Wi-Fi Internet Connectivity
– – Battery life
– – Regional division
– Software library
– – Key first-party titles
– – Major second and third-party titles
– Accessories
– Marketing and Sales
– Software Development
– Hacking the DS Wi-Fi
– – DS Wi-Fi over the Internet
– – Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
– Releases
– – North America and Japan
– – – North American launch games
– – – Japanese launch games
– – Europe
– – – European launch games
– – Australia/New Zealand
– – – Australian/New Zealand launch games
– – China
– – – Chinese launch games
– Colors
– – Special editions
– – Limited editions
– – Promotional packages
– Trivia
– See also
– – Other current handhelds
Nintendo Revolution
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Confirmed hardware and technology
– – CPU/GPU
– – Connectivity
– – Memory and game storage media
– – Design
– – Controller
– – Technical specifications
– Features
– – Backwards compatibility
– – Virtual console
– – Parental controls
– Games in development
– Rumors and speculation
– – Hardware and specifications
– – Games
– – Possible absence of high definition support
– – Miscellaneous
– See also
PlayStation
– PlayStation
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Units sold
– Top-selling game
– History
– – Development
– – Launch
– – Titles
– Variants
– Successors
– Criticism
– Specifications
– – Main CPU
– – – Geometry Transformation Engine
– – – Data Decompression Engine
– – Graphics Processing Unit
– – Sound Processing Unit
– – Memory
– – CD-ROM Drive
– See also
PlayStation 2
– PlayStation 2
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Units sold
– Top-selling game
– History
– – Sales Record
– Games
– Hardware compatibility
– Software compatibility
– Online play
– Home development
– Hardware revisions
– Accessories
– Technical Issues
– – Disc Read Error
– – Modchips
– Technical specifications
– See also
PlayStation 3
– PlayStation 3
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– History
– Cost and release date
– – Manufacturing Costs
– Hardware specifications
– – Central processing unit
– – Graphics processing unit
– – Memory
– – Theoretical system bandwidth
– – Overall floating-point capability
– – Audio/video output
– – – Sound
– – Storage
– – Physical dimensions
– – Communications
– – Controller
– – Miscellaneous
– Games in development
– Software development kit
– GNU/Linux
– Online services
– Region Coding
– Backwards compatibility
– – Games
– – Peripherals
– Side Note
– See also
– References
Sega Dreamcast
– Sega Dreamcast
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Units sold
– Top-selling game
– History
– – Design
– – Launch
– – Competition
– – End of production
– Technology
– Online
– Models
– Accessories
– Screenshots
– Technical specifications
The Phantom
– History
– – Announcement
– – Legal Conflict
– – First Sighting
– System Specifications
– – Gaming Service
– – Hardware
– Release Date
Xbox
– Microsoft Xbox
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Top-selling game
– History
– – Development
– – Software
– – Xbox Live
– – Market share
– Hardware
– – Detailed specifications
– Special Limited Editions
– – Clear Black Limited Edition
– – Panzer Dragoon Orta Special Edition
– – Green Limited Edition
– – Pure White Limited Edition
– – Crystal Limited Edition
– – Halo Special Edition
– – Kasumi-chan Blue Edition
– – Halo 2 Limited Edition (Blue)
– – Mountain Dew Limited Edition
– – Hello Kitty Crystal Edition
– Official Xbox accessories
– – Audio/video connectors
– – Networking
– – Multimedia
– – Controllers and removable storage
– Xbox and DirectX
– Modding the Xbox
– Price history
– Xbox 360
– Programming for Xbox
Xbox360
– Xbox 360
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Top-selling game
– Retail configurations and pricing
– Launch details
– – Available titles
– Components and accessories
– – Controller
– – Detachable hard drive
– – Faceplates
– – AV connection cables
– – Other
– Hardware specifications
– – Graphics processing unit
– – Memory
– – System bandwidth
– – Overall System Floating-Point Performance
– – Audio
– – Video
– – DVD drive
– – Physical characteristics
– – Miscellaneous
– Dashboard
– Software development
– – XNA
– – Procedural synthesis
– – Backward compatibility
– Xbox Live on the Xbox 360
– – Xbox Gamer Guide
– – Xbox Live Marketplace and Arcade
– Marketing
– – Viral advertising and alternate reality games
– Console launch
– – United States and Canada
– – Europe
– – Japan
– Technical Issues
– – Xbox 360 “Screen of Death”
– – Crashing
– – Disc Scratching
– – Disc Playback Problems
– – Power Supply
– – Red Light Patterns
– – List of Solutions
– See also
– References
Handheld Game Systems
– History
– – Origins
– – Early 1990s
– – – Nintendo Game Boy
– – – Atari Lynx
– – – Sega Game Gear
– – – NEC TurboExpress
– – – Neo-Geo Pocket
– – Late 1990s
– – – Game Boy Color
– – – Neo-Geo Pocket Color
– – – Wonderswan Color
– – 2000s
– – – Game Boy Advance
– – – Gamepark 32
– – – Nokia N-Gage
– – – Tapwave Zodiac
– – – Nintendo DS
– – – Sony PSP
– – – Tiger Telematics Gizmondo
– – – Gamepark Holdings GP2X
– List of handheld game consoles, notable features, and industry firsts
– See also
N-Gage
– History
– Devices
– – N-Gage
– – N-Gage QD
– – N-Gage QD Silver Edition
– Games
– – MMC Based Games
– – Demonstration Versions
– – Snakes
– Recent developments
– See also
PlayStation Portable
– PSP
– Manufacturer
– Type
– Generation
– First available
– Media
– Online service
– Top-selling game
– Variations and accessories
– Sales and competition
– Features
– – Games
– – UMD movies
– – Multimedia and codecs
– – Wireless networking
– – – Gamesharing
– – – Ad-hoc networks
– – – Infrastructure networks
– – – Infrared
– Design and specifications
– – Technical specifications
– – Power
– – Interface
– – Firmware
– – Region locking
– Launches
– Homebrew development
– See also
– – Other current handhelds
Comparison of Handheld Gaming Consoles
– References
Multiplayer
– Networked
– – Online cheating
– Single-system
List of Computer and Video Games
– By platform
– By character
– See also
List of Computer and Video Games by Genre
– Action-Adventure
– Adventure
– Educational
– Fighting
– First-person shooters
– – Game-controlled environment
– – Player-controlled environment
– – Vehicle Based
– – Mech
– God games
– Maze games
– Online games
– – Online Role-Playing Games
– – Online Shooters
– – Online Browser-based
– – Online Real-time strategy
– Platformers
– Puzzle
– Racing games
– – Simulation style
– – Arcade style
– Rhythm games
– Role-Playing Games
– – MMORPGs
– – Roguelikes
– Shooters
– Shoot ’em ups
– Simulation Games
– – Space simulation
– Sports
– Stealth Action
– Strategy
– – General Strategy
– – Real-time strategy
– – Turn-based
– – Hybrid strategy
– Survival Horror
– Third-Person Shooters/Third-Person Action
– Miscellany
– Collectible Card Game
– Traditional
Computer-assisted Gaming
– Concept
– Variations
Juggling
– Origins and History to 1947 A.D.
– The growth of juggling as a hobby, 1947 – present
– Modern Juggling Culture
– Popular Forms of Juggling
– – Solo Juggling
– – Multiple Person Juggling
– Juggling World Records
– – Solo Records
– – Passing Records
– Forms of Juggling Performance
– Professional Performers
– – Venues
– Juggling Notation Systems
Solitaire Card Games
– Examples of solitaire card games
– Reference Materials
Other Games
Alternate Reality Games
– History and examples of ARGs
– Terminology
Car Games
Children’s Games
– See also
Clapping Games
– The clapping games
– – Hello, Operator…
– – Cici, My Playmate…
– – My mother your mother…
– – Oh Mella…
– – Boys are…
– – Apple on a stick…
Conversation Games
Counting-out Games
– Some common rhymes
Creative Games
– Examples of creative games
– See also
Construction Set
Drawing
– Definitions
– Subject matter
– Media
– Materials
– Aspects of the drawing process
– – Applying media
– – Tone
– – Layout
– – Perspective
– – Artistry
– History
– Computer software
– Notable drawing artists
– References
Play-Doh
Programming Games
Spirograph
– Variations
– Lissajous curves
Drinking Games
– Common drinking games
– Other drinking games
– – Card games
– – Dice games
– – Quarters Games
– – Skill, memory and repetition
– – Movies, television, music, etc.
– – Speed consumption
– – Games to decide who buys the next round
– – Other party and pub games
– – Conversion of other games
Economic Games
Game Show
– Types
– History
– Gameshows around the world
– – Argentina
– – Australia
– – Chile
– – Mexico
– – Puerto Rico
– – United States
– – – US panel games
– – – US quiz/game shows
– – – US reality shows
– – – US dating shows
– – United Kingdom
– – – UK panel games
– – – UK quiz shows
– – – UK reality game shows
– – – UK dating game shows
– – – UK activity-oriented shows
– – – UK puzzle-oriented shows
– – – UK other shows
– – Canada
– – – Canadian Reality Shows
– – France
– – Finland
– – Ireland
– – Russia
– – – Russian reality shows
– – – Russian quiz, game & dating shows
– – South Africa
– – Thailand
– Pop culture
Games of Dare
Games of Logic
Mathematical Games
– Mathematics of games
– Playing games with mathematics
– Specific mathematical games and puzzles
Games of Physical Activity
Global Positioning System-based Games
Group-dynamic Games
– Types of group-dynamic games
– Tips for running group-dynamic games
Dramaturgy
Ice-breaker Games
Psychodrama
– Psychological Uses
Role Playing Games
– Concept
– Varieties
– Game mechanics
– – Character creation
– Genres
– – Fantasy
– – Science Fiction
– – Licensed
– – Historical
– – Horror
– – Comic Book superhero
– – Humor
– – Universal
– – Multi-genre
– – Meta-genre
– – Famous writers
– – Famous artists
– – Celebrity players
– – Events
– – Types of games
Wargaming
– History of wargaming
– Tabletop wargaming (miniature wargaming)
– Board wargaming
– Computerized wargaming
– Types of military wargaming
– – Environment
– – Historical period
– – Unit or map scale
– Notable wargamers
– Notable wargames
– Wargames and wargaming as computer terms
– See also
Man to Man Wargames
– Board Games
– Computer Games
– VASSAL only
Miniature Wargaming
– Scale
– Notable Miniature Wargaming Organizations
– Notable Miniature Wargamers
– Role-playing games
– Rulesets
– See also
Tabletop Games
Tabletop Role-playing Games
– Game Mechanics
– Some Tabletop Gaming Terminology
Online Text-based Role Playing Games
– See also
LARP
– LARP basics
– – In character vs. out of character
– – Character Life and Death
– – Physical vs. symbolic combat
– – – Live Combat
– – – Symbolic Combat
– – – Steel Weapon Combat
– – – No Combat
– – Genre and setting
– – Game format
– History
– – American history
– – UK history
– – Russian history
– – Nordic history
– – German history
– – South African history
– – New Zealand history
– Research and theory
– – Knutepunkt
– – Nordic LARP theory
– – Academic works
Freeform Role-playing Games
Storytelling Games
– See also
Interactive Storytelling Games
– Story Elements
List of Role-playing Games
– Fantasy Genre
– Science Fiction Genre
– Horror Genre
– Satire/Humor Genres
– Superhero Genre
– Contemporary Action/Espionage/Adventure
– Period Adventure/Alternate History Genres
– Universal Roleplaying Systems
– Other products
– – Magazines
– – Comics
– – Fanzines
– See also
Win-win Games
– Types of win-win games
– Group-dynamic win-win games
– See also
– – Literature
Organizational-dynamic Games
Locative Games
Open Gaming
– Overview
– History
– – The Fudge Legal Notice
– – Dominion Rules and Circe
– – Open Gaming License
– – – Open Gaming Foundation
– – Reaction to the OGL
– – – October Open Gaming License
– – Open gaming today
– References
– – Open gaming licenses
– – Open supplement licenses
– – Open games
Party Games
– See also
Parlour Games
– Examples
– See also
Playground Games
– Types of playground game
– – Selection methods
– – ‘It’ games
– – Ball games
– – – ‘Donkey’ and ‘Spot’
– – Skipping games
– – Word games
– – Races
– – Acrobatic and agility
– – Performing games
Political Games
Pub Games
– References
Darts
– Dart boards
– – Height and distance
– – History
– – Scoring
– Soft tip boards and darts
– Playing darts
– – Professional organizations
– – Professional competitions
– – Amateur competition
– Betting
– Famous Players
Quiz
– As Competitions
– In Education
– Other Quizzes
Pub Quiz
– Quizzes for individuals or small teams
– – The format
– – Rounds
– – Marking
– – Prizes
– Quizzes for league teams
– – The format
– – Marking
– – Prizes
Quizbowl
– Subject areas
– Question styles
– – Buzzer Beaters (toss-up)
– – Pyramid Style (toss-up)
– – Related (bonus questions)
– – Patterned (bonus question)
– – List (bonus questions)
– Gameplay
– – Tossup questions
– – Bonus questions
– Formats
– Tournaments
– Eligibility
– Question sources
– Media coverage
– See also
Singing Games
– Examples
Spoken Games
String Games
– Further reading
Tile-based Games
– Traditional games
– – Traditional Tile-based physical games
– – Tile based games that use non-rectangular tiles
– – Tile-based board games
– Video games
Unclassified Games
Game Theory
– Representation of games
– – Normal form
– – Extensive form
– Types of games
– – Symmetric and asymmetric
– – Zero sum and non-zero sum
– – Simultaneous and sequential
– – Perfect information and imperfect information
– – Infinitely long games
– Uses of game theory
– – Economics and business
– – – Descriptive
– – – Normative
– – Biology
– – Computer science and logic
– – Philosophy
– History of game theory
– Notes
– References
Combinatorial Game Theory
– History
– Examples
– References
Game Strategy
– Examples of strategies
– – Tit for Tat
– – Roulette
– – Hedging
Video Game Studies
– Bibliography
Cheating in Online Games
– Types of Cheats
– – User Settings
– – Exploits
– – External Software
– – Cheesing
– Implementation of Cheats
– – The game software
– – The hardware
– – Packet tampering
– Preventing Cheats
– – Efficiency versus security
– Cheating in MMORPGs
– See also
Aimbot
– Types of Aimbots
– – Color Based Aimbots
– – Graphics Driver Based Aimbots
– – Memory, Engine, and Client Based Aimbots
– StoogeBot
Maphack
Wallhacking
– Origin
– Detection
Cheat Codes
– Famous cheat codes
God Mode
Konami Code
– History
– Specific uses in games
– – Konami games
– – – Batman Returns (SNES)
– – – Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand (GBA)
– – – Castlevania Chronicles (PlayStation)
– – – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (GBA)
– – – Contra (Famicom/NES)
– – – Contra: Shattered Soldier (PlayStation 2)
– – – Cosmic Epsilon (Famicom)
– – – Crisis Force (Famicom/NES)
– – – Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMIX (Arcade, PlayStation)
– – – Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Remix (Playstation)
– – – Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME (Japanese version; Arcade, PlayStation 2)
– – – Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX (Xbox)
– – – Deadly Arts (Nintendo 64)
– – – Detana!! Twinbee (PC Engine)
– – – Detana Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack (PlayStation)
– – – DrumMania (Arcade)
– – – Fighting Eleven / International Superstar Soccer Deluxe (Super Famicom/SNES)
– – – Flame of Recca Final Burning (PlayStation 2)
– – – Gradius (Famicom/NES)
– – – Gradius (PC Engine)
– – – Gradius II (Famicom/NES)
– – – Gradius II (PC Engine)
– – – Gradius III (Super Famicom/SNES)
– – – Gradius III (PlayStation 2)
– – – Gradius IV (PlayStation 2)
– – – Gradius V (PlayStation 2)
– – – Gradius Deluxe Pack (Sega Saturn)
– – – Gradius Gaiden (PlayStation)
– – – Gradius Galaxies (Game Boy Advance)
– – – Gyruss (NES)
– – – Kid Klown in Night Mayor World (NES)
– – – Konami Collector’s Series: Arcade Advanced (Game Boy Advance)
– – – Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Super Famicom/SNES)
– – – Salamander/Life Force (Famicom/NES)
– – – Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC)
– – – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PlayStation 2)
– – – Nagano Winter Olympics ’98 (PlayStation, Arcade)
– – – NBA Give ‘N Go (NES)
– – – Nemesis (Game Boy)
– – – Pop’n Twinbee (Super Famicom/SNES)
– – – Silent Hill 3 (PlayStation 2)
– – – Smart Balls (SNES)
– – – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Gamecube, PlayStation 2, Xbox)
– – – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Game Boy Advance)
– – – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (Game Boy)
– – – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (Famicom/NES)
– – – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Super Famicom/SNES)
– – – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Super Famicom/SNES)
– – – Top Gun: The Second Mission (NES)
– – – Twinbee: Rainbow Bell Adventure (Super Famicom/SNES)
– – – Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (PlayStation 2)
– – – Zombie Nation (NES)
– – Non-Konami games
– – – 3-D Worldrunner (Squaresoft, NES)
– – – B.C. Kid (Hudson Soft, Amiga)
– – – Drymouth (Demiforce, Gameboy Color)
– – – Gish (Chronic logic, Macromedia Flash)
– – – Grandia (Game Arts, Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation)
– – – Half-Life 2 (Valve, Microsoft Xbox)
– – – Heli Attack 3 (Squarecircleco, PC)
– – – Insaniquarium (PopCap and Flying Bear, Macromedia Flash)
– – – Kingdom of Loathing (Asymmetric Publications, PC)
– – – Ms. Pac-Man And Galaga: Class Of 1981 (Midway, Arcade)
– – – Mortal Kombat 3 (Acclaim, SNES)
– – – Street Fighter 2 (Capcom, Arcade)
– – – Quake 4 (id Software, Xbox 360)
– – – Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Square Enix, PlayStation 2)
– – – Super Monkey Ball Jr. (Sega, Game Boy Advance)
– – – Tom and Jerry (Hi-Tech Expressions, NES)
– – – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (Activision, Game Boy Advance)
– – – Trogdor (The Brothers Chaps, Macromedia Flash)
– – – Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue (Electronic Arts, Game Boy Advance)
– – – WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (Nintendo, Game Boy Advance) and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$ (Nintendo, GameCube)
– Mentions in popular culture
License
GNU Free Documentation License
– GNU Free Documentation License
Index
– Game Preview
About the author
– Nicolae Sfetcu
– – Contact
Publishing House
– MultiMedia Publishing

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