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A video game is a game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. A gaming computer is a computer with additional hardware and performance suitable to play PC-based video games. The word video in video game traditionally refers to a TV display, and usually applies to console gaming platforms. However, as far back as 1980, Atari Home Computers were true gaming computers. Of course now the popular use of the term "video game", it now implies any type of display device, played on a gaming console or gaming computer. Some of the important differences between a regular office PC and a true game computer are: specially designed gaming computer cases, high-end video cards which require custom cooling, increased memory, and additional accessories including neon lighting. Early personal computer based games historically relied on the availability of a keyboard or limited joystick for gameplay, or more commonly, required the user to purchase a separate joystick with at least one button to play. Many modern computer games allow the player to use a keyboard and mouse simultaneously, as well as use highly sophisticated game controllers. Beyond the common element of visual feedback, video games have utilized other systems to provide interaction and information to the player. Chief examples of these are sound reproduction devices, such as speakers and headphones, and an array of haptic peripherals, such as vibration or force feedback.

Even more than with regular PCs, heat is an ever greater threat! Gaming computer processors and video cards produce much more waste heat. Without the right kinds of computer cooling, heat can destroy your high speed computer. Even gaming computers fresh out of the box can benefit from improved case fans and CPU processor fans. By upgrading your game system's cooling you can have cooler systems and dramatically extend the reliable life of your computer. In many cases you can even improve the performance of your computer by cooling - memory and processors can run faster when cool. Manufacturers such as: Kingwin, Masscool by Fanner Tech, ThermalTake, Ultra, and others, make a wide variety of accessories for computer cooling that make cooler systems.