video game


Definition of video game 

: an electronic game in which players control images on a video screen

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This is especially true for non-gamers—a recent survey by Civic Science found that 77 percent of people who want to buy a VR headset play video games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Oculus co-founder: “Free is still not cheap enough” for current VR tech," 1 Nov. 2018 They were rewarded the privilege of playing video games., "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018 Modern video games, of both the online and the meaty single-player narrative variety, seem to arrive, blow up, and then fade away at an ever-faster rate these days. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Tetris Effect is perfect for people overwhelmed by modern video games," 18 Nov. 2018 Their interests coalesce around things like video games, cryptocurrency, men’s rights, and martial arts. Alvin Chang, Vox, "We analyzed every QAnon post on Reddit. Here’s who QAnon supporters actually are.," 8 Aug. 2018 Bethesda has become the latest video game publisher to begin pulling a major game series from rivals' download services. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "War changes: Fallout 76 is series’ first in a decade to skip Steam," 7 Aug. 2018 The four-day event features comic books, anime, video games, cosplay, sci-fi and pop culture. Mike Stocker,, "Video: Florida Supercon fans show off their stunning costumes," 14 July 2018 Image Most consumers agree to enable the software, which allows Samba to monitor their TV habits on a nearly second-by-second basis, identifying video games, HBO shows, political debates and more. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "Two Senators Call for Investigation of Smart TV Industry," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, Kardashian West, who’s banked from multiple ventures including KKW Beauty, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood video game, her Kim Kardashian app, endorsements and more, is worth $350 million, according to the magazine. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kylie Jenner's Cosmetics Empire Is Worth $900 Million - and She Hasn't Even Turned 21 Yet," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of video game

1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of video game

: an electronic game in which players control images on a television or computer screen

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Kids Definition of video game

: a game played with images on a video screen

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