Main Article: Video Game genres

A video game is a series of computer applications designed to provide stimulation, fun, or relaxation, and may be played alone or with others. A video game is different from a computer software program, which may be used to enhance the ability to read or numerical information, or to process information learned in school. Games are often separate from work, which can be performed for fun, or for monetary compensation, and is usually done for personal enjoyment.

Action games, which include racing, fighting, tactical and military planning, first-person shooter (FPS) games, puzzle games, card games, and virtual tabletop games, are examples of video games. Most video games have the ability to be played on personal computers and handheld devices such as smart phones. There are literally thousands of different types of video games, with titles ranging from the well-known to the obscure, from casual to hardcore, from classic to modern. Some of the most popular and long-running games include Mario, Counter Strike, Tetris, Pokemon, Solitaire, Stratego, and Super Mario.

Strategy games use a variety of elements to create engaging and logical gameplay. These games use counters, pieces, dice and skill to resolve conflict, and to achieve goals. Chess is one of the oldest strategy games and one of the most popular. Chess games require a strategy and tactics to overcome an opponent. An example of a strategy game is chess, one of the most popular and longest lasting games in the world.

Real time board games, or CCG’s, are multiplayer online games where two or more players compete against each other in turn-based modes. Board games like Settlers of Canaan and Risk are just two examples of this type of game. Many real time board games use abstract strategy and abstract rules. They do not have a great deal of direct interaction between players, but are more strategic than a traditional board game. The most popular real time board games are Monopoly, Risk, Clue, and Bejeweled.

Strategy video games require the player to think on their feet. They often involve complex calculations and may require the use of resources that the player does not necessarily have available to them. One example of a strategy game that requires the player to think on their feet would be a Space Invaders type game. Another popular genre of game requires players to coordinate with one another on a network. This is an example of the main article, as it involves working with friends and family members to complete assignments and goals in a certain amount of time.

One of the most popular genres of game in the market today involves the use of counters. counters are essential to the gameplay of many of these games, especially the abstract ones. For example, in the game called dominoes, each tile acts as a counter once it is moved. Every time a domino falls onto a “red” tile it counts that tile as a hit allowing you to continue to add new counters. A good example of a game mechanic is chess where each piece on the chessboard has a value ranging from a pawn to a knight. While pawns do not have any capabilities in the game, knights can capture other Knights and then become stronger and gain additional abilities.