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A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. The word video in video game traditionally referred to a raster display on a device. However, with the popular use of the term "video game", it now implies any type of display device. The electronic systems used to play video games are known as platforms; examples of these are personal computers and video game consoles. These platforms range from large computers to small handheld devices. Specialized video games such as arcade games, while previously common, have gradually declined in use.

The input device used to manipulate video games is called a game controller, and varies across platforms. For example, a dedicated console controller might consist of only a button and a joystick. Another may feature a dozen buttons and one or more joysticks. Early personal computer games often needed a keyboard for gameplay, or more commonly, required the user to buy a separate joystick with at least one button. Many modern computer games allow, or even require, the player to use a keyboard and mouse simultaneously.

Video games typically also use other ways of providing interaction and information to the player. Audio is almost universal, using sound reproduction devices, such as speakers and headphones. But other feedback may come via haptic peripherals, such as vibration force feedback.

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Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (キングダムハーツ チェインオブメモリーズ Kingudamu Hātsu Chein obu Memorīzu?) is an action role-playing game developed by Japanese studio Jupiter and published by Square Enix in 20042005 for the Game Boy Advance. The game serves as an intermediary between the two larger-scale PlayStation 2 games in the Kingdom Hearts series. It was one of the first GBA games to incorporate full motion video. The game was remade into a PlayStation 2 game titled Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, which was released in Japan as a second disc packaged with Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix in March 2007.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is the direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts, and its ending is set about a year before Kingdom Hearts II. The story centers around the protagonist of the first game, Sora, exploring a mysterious castle in search of his friends. As he ascends the castle, his friend and rival, Riku, explores the basement levels and fights his personal demons. The game introduces new characters and plotlines that further expanded the Kingdom Hearts universe and set up the premise for Kingdom Hearts II. Though not as successful as the other Kingdom Hearts games, it received positive reviews and sales. It was praised for its story, graphics, and FMVs. (more...)

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  • The original Xbox celebrates its tenth birthday. Halo:Combat Evolved was also released as a launch title.
  • Video game pioneer Jerry Lawson dies. Lawson was a designer of the Fairchild Channel F video game console and is considered to be the inventor of the video game cartridge.[1]
  • Veteran video game developer Peter Molyneux (pictured) is made a fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts [2]
  • Bizarre Creations developers of Project Gotham Racing, Geometry Wars and Blur are closed by Activision. [3]
  • Adventure game publisher Telltale Games will revive classic PC adventure game King's Quest in 2012.[4]
  • Professor Layton developer Level-5 announce that the puzzle video games series has shipped almost 11.5 million units worldwide. [5]

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