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In the history of video games, the sixth-generation era (sometimes referred to as the 128-bit era; see "Bits and system power" below) refers to the computer and video games, video game consoles, and video game handhelds available at the turn of the 21st century which was from 1998 to 2005. [1]

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Activision

Activision Publishing, Inc. is an American video game publisher.

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Adaptive differential pulse-code modulation

Adaptive differential pulse-code modulation (ADPCM) is a variant of differential pulse-code modulation (DPCM) that varies the size of the quantization step, to allow further reduction of the required data bandwidth for a given signal-to-noise ratio.

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Anthology

In book publishing, an anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler.

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ARM architecture

ARM, previously Advanced RISC Machine, originally Acorn RISC Machine, is a family of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) architectures for computer processors, configured for various environments.

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ARM7

ARM7 is a group of older 32-bit RISC ARM processor cores licensed by ARM Holdings for microcontroller use.

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ARM9

ARM9 is a group of older 32-bit RISC ARM processor cores licensed by ARM Holdings for microcontroller use.

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Atari

Atari is a corporate and brand name owned by several entities since its inception in 1972, currently by Atari Interactive, a subsidiary of the French publisher Atari, SA.

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Atari 2600

The Atari 2600 (or Atari Video Computer System before November 1982) is a home video game console from Atari, Inc. Released on September 11, 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and games contained on ROM cartridges, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F in 1976.

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Atari 7800

The Atari 7800 ProSystem, or simply the Atari 7800, is a home video game console officially released by the Atari Corporation in 1986.

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Atari Flashback

The Atari Flashback is a series of dedicated consoles marketed by Atari, Inc. from 2004 to 2011.

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ATi Radeon R100 Series

The Radeon R100 is the first generation of Radeon graphics chips from ATI Technologies.

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ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. (commonly called ATI) was a semiconductor technology corporation based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, that specialized in the development of graphics processing units and chipsets.

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Australian dollar

The Australian dollar (sign: $; code: AUD) is the currency of the Commonwealth of Australia, including its external territories Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Norfolk Island, as well as the independent Pacific Island states of Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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Backward compatibility

Backward compatibility is a property of a system, product, or technology that allows for interoperability with an older legacy system, or with input designed for such a system, especially in telecommunications and computing.

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Bandai

is a Japanese toy maker and a producer of a large number of plastic model kits as well as a former video game company.

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Bandai Namco Holdings

, also known as the Bandai Namco Group, is a Japanese holding company which was formed from the merger of Bandai and Namco on September 29, 2005.

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BioWare

BioWare is a Canadian video game developer located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Bit

The bit (a portmanteau of binary digit) is a basic unit of information used in computing and digital communications.

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Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek is an American weekly business magazine published by Bloomberg L.P. Businessweek was founded in 1929.

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Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs).

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Broadband

In telecommunications, broadband is wide bandwidth data transmission which transports multiple signals and traffic types.

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Bungie

Bungie, Inc. is an American video game developer located in Bellevue, Washington, United States.

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Canadian dollar

The Canadian dollar (symbol: $; code: CAD; dollar canadien) is the currency of Canada.

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Capcom

is a Japanese video game developer and publisher known for creating numerous multi-million selling game franchises, including Street Fighter, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Ace Attorney, Monster Hunter, and Dead Rising, as well as games based on the Disney animated properties.

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CD-ROM

A CD-ROM is a pre-pressed optical compact disc which contains data.

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Celeron

Celeron is a brand name given by Intel to a number of different low-end IA-32 and x86-64 computer microprocessor models targeted at budget personal computers.

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Central processing unit

A central processing unit (CPU) is the electronic circuitry within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetic, logical, control and input/output (I/O) operations specified by the instructions.

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Channel capacity

Channel capacity, in electrical engineering, computer science and information theory, is the tight upper bound on the rate at which information can be reliably transmitted over a communication channel.

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Compact disc

Compact disc (CD) is a digital optical disc data storage format that was co-developed by Philips and Sony and released in 1982.

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Complex instruction set computer

A complex instruction set computer (CISC) is a computer in which single instructions can execute several low-level operations (such as a load from memory, an arithmetic operation, and a memory store) or are capable of multi-step operations or addressing modes within single instructions.

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Component video

Component video is a video signal that has been split into two or more component channels.

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Composite video

Composite video (one channel) is an analog video transmission (without audio) that carries standard definition video typically at 480i or 576i resolution.

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Computer and Video Games

Computer and Video Games (CVG, C&VG or C+VG) was a UK-based video game magazine, published in its original form between 1981 and 2004.

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Computer data storage

Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, is a technology consisting of computer components and recording media that are used to retain digital data.

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D-Terminal

A D-Terminal or D-tanshi (D端子) is a type of analog video connector found on Japanese consumer electronics, typically HDTV, DVD, Blu-ray, D-VHS and HD DVD devices.

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Dance pad

A dance pad, also known as a dance mat or dance platform, is a flat electronic game controller used for input in dance games.

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Digital signal processor

A digital signal processor (DSP) is a specialized microprocessor (or a SIP block), with its architecture optimized for the operational needs of digital signal processing.

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Dolby Digital

Dolby Digital is the name for audio compression technologies developed by Dolby Laboratories.

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Dolby Pro Logic

Dolby Pro Logic is a surround sound processing technology developed by Dolby Laboratories, designed to decode soundtracks encoded with Dolby Surround.

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Double-precision floating-point format

Double-precision floating-point format is a computer number format, usually occupying 64 bits in computer memory; it represents a wide dynamic range of numeric values by using a floating radix point.

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Dreamarena

Dreamarena was a free online gaming service provided with all Sega Dreamcast consoles in Europe.

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Dreamcast

The is a home video game console released by Sega on November 27, 1998 in Japan, September 9, 1999 in North America, and October 14, 1999 in Europe.

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Dreamcast light guns

The Dreamcast video game console had several light guns released as accessories between the years of 2000 and 2003.

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Dreameye

The Dreameye is a digital camera released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 in Japan only.

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DTS (sound system)

DTS (Dedicated To Sound) is a series of multichannel audio technologies owned by Xperi Corporation (formerly known as Digital Theater Systems, Inc.), an American company specializing in digital surround sound formats used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.

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DualShock

The DualShock (originally Dual Shock; trademarked as DUALSHOCK or DUAL SHOCK) is a line of gamepads with vibration-feedback developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation family of systems.

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DVD

DVD (an abbreviation of "digital video disc" or "digital versatile disc") is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips and Sony in 1995.

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Dynamic random-access memory

Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) is a type of random access semiconductor memory that stores each bit of data in a separate tiny capacitor within an integrated circuit.

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Edge (magazine)

Edge is a multi-format video game magazine published by Future plc in the United Kingdom, which publishes 13 issues of the magazine per year.

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EDRAM

Embedded DRAM (eDRAM) is dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) integrated on the same die or multi-chip module (MCM) of an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or microprocessor.

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Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) is an American video game company headquartered in Redwood City, California.

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Electronic Gaming Monthly

Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is a monthly American video game magazine.

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Emotion Engine

The Emotion Engine is a central processing unit developed and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment and Toshiba for use in the PlayStation 2 video game console.

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Empire (film magazine)

Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media of Hamburg based Bauer Media Group.

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Emulator

In computing, an emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system (called the host) to behave like another computer system (called the guest).

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Enix

was a Japanese video game publisher that produced video games, anime and manga.

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Entertainment Software Rating Board

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is an American self-regulatory organization that assigns age and content ratings to consumer video games.

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ESports

eSports (also known as electronic sports, esports, e-sports, competitive (video) gaming, professional (video) gaming, or pro gaming) are a form of competition using video games.

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Euro

The euro (sign: €; code: EUR) is the official currency of the European Union.

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Eurogamer

Eurogamer is a website focused on video game journalism, reviews, and other features.

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EyeToy

The EyeToy is a color digital camera device, similar to a webcam, for the PlayStation 2.

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Famitsu

is a line of Japanese video game magazines published by Enterbrain, Inc. and Tokuma.

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Fifth generation of video game consoles

The fifth-generation era (also known as the 32-bit era, the 64-bit era and the 3D era) refers to computer and video games, video game consoles and video game handhelds from approximately 1993 to 2001.

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Film frame

In filmmaking, video production, animation, and related fields, a frame is one of the many still images which compose the complete moving picture.

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Final Fantasy (video game)

Final Fantasy is a fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square in 1987.

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Final Fantasy X

is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square as the tenth entry in the Final Fantasy series.

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Forza Motorsport

Forza Motorsport is a simulation racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft for the Xbox gaming system.

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Future plc

Future plc is a British media company founded in 1985.

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Gamasutra

Gamasutra is a website founded in 1997 that focuses on all aspects of video game development.

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Game (retailer)

Game Digital plc is the parent company of Game Retail Limited, a British video game company that trades under the Game brand, stylised as GAME.

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Game Boy

The is an 8-bit handheld game console which was developed and manufactured by Nintendo and first released on the 100th anniversary of Nintendo in Japan on, in North America on and in Europe on.

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Game Boy Advance

The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo as the successor to the Game Boy Color.

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Game Boy Advance SP

The, released in February 2003, is an upgraded version of Nintendo's Game Boy Advance.

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Game Boy Advance Video

Game Boy Advance Video is a format for putting full color, full-motion videos onto Game Boy Advance ROM cartridges.

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Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter

The Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter is a wireless adapter accessory for the Game Boy Advance, released by Nintendo in 2004.

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Game Boy Color

The Game Boy Color (GBC) is a handheld game console manufactured by Nintendo, which was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and was released in November of the same year in international markets.

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Game Boy Micro

(stylized as GAME BOY micro) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo.

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Game Boy Player

The (DOL-017) is a device made by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube which enables Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance cartridges to be played on a television.

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Game Informer

Game Informer (GI) is an American monthly video game magazine featuring articles, news, strategy, and reviews of video games and associated consoles.

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Game Park

Game Park was a South Korean company that was founded in 1996 and went bankrupt in March 2007.

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GameCube

The GameCube is a home video game console released by Nintendo in Japan and North America in 2001 and Europe and Australia in 2002.

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GameCube accessories

This is a list of Nintendo GameCube accessories.

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GameCube – Game Boy Advance link cable

The GameCube – Game Boy Advance link cable (DOL-011) is a cable used to connect the Game Boy Advance (GBA) to the GameCube (GCN).

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GameCube online functionality

The GameCube is Nintendo's fourth home video game console and part of the sixth generation of video game consoles.

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GamePro

GamePro was an American multiplatform video game magazine media company that published online and print content covering the video game industry, video game hardware and video game software.

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GameRankings

GameRankings is a website that collects review scores from both offline and online sources to give an average rating.

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GameSpot

GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games.

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GameSpy

GameSpy was a provider of online multiplayer and matchmaking middleware for video games.

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GamesRadar+

GamesRadar+ is an entertainment website dedicated to video game-related news, previews and reviews, that is owned by Future Publishing (a subsidiary of Future plc).

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GamesTM

GamesTM (styled as gamesTM) is a UK-based, multi-format video games magazine, covering console, handheld, PC and Arcade games.

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GD-ROM

GD-ROM (an abbreviation of "Gigabyte Disc Read-Only Memory") is a proprietary optical disc format originally used for the Dreamcast video game console, as well as its arcade counterpart, the Sega NAOMI and select Triforce arcade board titles.

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GeForce 3 series

The GeForce 3 (NV20) is the third generation of NVIDIA's GeForce graphics processing units.

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Gekko (microprocessor)

Gekko is a superscalar out-of-order 32-bit PowerPC microprocessor custom-made by IBM in 2000 for Nintendo to use as the CPU in their sixth generation game console, the Nintendo GameCube, and later the Triforce Arcade Board.

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Genesis Nomad

The Genesis Nomad (also known as Sega Nomad) is a handheld game console by Sega released in North America in October 1995.

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God of War (2005 video game)

God of War is a third-person hack and slash action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).

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God of War II

God of War II is a hack and slash action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).

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GP32

The GP32 (GamePark 32) is a handheld game console developed by the Korean company Game Park.

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Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is an action-adventure video game series created by David Jones and Mike Dailly; the later titles of which were created by brothers Dan and Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut.

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Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto III is an action-adventure video game developed by DMA Design and published by Rockstar Games.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.

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Graphics processing unit

A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display device.

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HAL Laboratory

HAL Laboratory, Inc. is a Japanese video game developer founded on 21 February 1980.

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Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 (stylized as HλLF-LIFE2) is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation.

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Halo 2

Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie.

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Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved is a 2001 military science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

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Handheld game console

A handheld game console is a small, portable self-contained video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers.

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Hertz

The hertz (symbol: Hz) is the derived unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI) and is defined as one cycle per second.

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History of video games

The history of video games goes as far back as the early 1950s, when academic computer scientists began designing simple games and simulations as part of their research.

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Homeland (video game)

is a role-playing video game for the Nintendo GameCube developed and published by Chunsoft, and was released in Japan on April 29, 2005.

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Hot Coffee mod

Hot Coffee is a normally inaccessible mini-game in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, developed by Rockstar North.

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Hudson Soft

, commonly known by its brand name Hudson, was a Japanese video game company that released numerous games for video game consoles, home computers and mobile phones, mainly from the 1980s to the 2000s.

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IBM

The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries.

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IBM PC compatible

IBM PC compatible computers are computers similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT, able to use the same software and expansion cards.

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IGN

IGN (formerly Imagine Games Network) is an American video game and entertainment media company operated by IGN Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Ziff Davis wholly owned by j2 Global.

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Input/output

In computing, input/output or I/O (or, informally, io or IO) is the communication between an information processing system, such as a computer, and the outside world, possibly a human or another information processing system.

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Integer (computer science)

In computer science, an integer is a datum of integral data type, a data type that represents some range of mathematical integers.

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Jann Wenner

Jann Simon Wenner (born January 7, 1946) is the co-founder and publisher of the popular culture biweekly magazine Rolling Stone, and former owner of Men's Journal magazine.

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Japanese yen

The is the official currency of Japan.

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Jet Set Radio

Jet Set Radio, titled Jet Grind Radio on the first North American release, is an action game developed by Smilebit and published by Sega for the Dreamcast in 2000.

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Konami

, commonly referred to as Konami, is a Japanese entertainment and gaming conglomerate.

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Linux

Linux is a family of free and open-source software operating systems built around the Linux kernel.

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Linux for PlayStation 2

Linux for PlayStation 2 (or PS2 Linux) is a kit released by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2002 that allows the PlayStation 2 console to be used as a personal computer.

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List of best-selling game consoles

A video game console is a standardized computing device tailored for video gaming that requires a monitor or television set as an output.

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List of best-selling video games

This is a list of the best-selling video games of all time.

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List of Sega arcade system boards

The following is a list of arcade system boards released by Sega.

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List of video games considered the best

This is a list of video games that have consistently been ranked among the best of all time by video game journalists and critics.

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LucasArts

LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC is an American video game publisher and licensor.

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Manhattan

Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City, its economic and administrative center, and its historical birthplace.

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Manhunt (video game)

Manhunt is a stealth-based survival horror video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world.

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Media Create

is a Japanese company that gathers and analyzes data from the digital entertainment industry, specifically focusing on the Japanese console gaming market.

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Memory latency

In computing, memory latency is the time (the latency) between initiating a request for a byte or word in memory until it is retrieved by a processor.

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Metacritic

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: music albums, video games, films, TV shows, and formerly, books.

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Metal Gear (mecha)

is the name for a series of mecha in the ''Metal Gear'' series.

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Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid is an action-adventure stealth video game produced by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan and released for the PlayStation in 1998.

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is an action-adventure stealth game developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2 in 2001.

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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is an action-adventure stealth video game produced by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan for the PlayStation 2.

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Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime is a first-person action-adventure video game developed by Retro Studios and Nintendo for the GameCube video game console.

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Metroid: Zero Mission

Metroid: Zero Mission is a side-scrolling action-adventure video game published by Nintendo, and developed by its Research & Development 1 (R&D1) division for the Game Boy Advance.

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation (abbreviated as MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

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Microsoft Studios

Microsoft Studios is the video game production wing for Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Games for Windows, Steam, Windows Store and Windows Phone platforms.

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MIDI

MIDI (short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a technical standard that describes a communications protocol, digital interface, and electrical connectors that connect a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers, and related music and audio devices.

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Midway Games

Midway Games Inc. (formerly Midway Manufacturing and commonly known as Midway) was an American video game developer and publisher.

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MIPS architecture

MIPS (an acronym for Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages) is a reduced instruction set computer (RISC) instruction set architecture (ISA)Price, Charles (September 1995).

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Mobile phone

A mobile phone, known as a cell phone in North America, is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user is moving within a telephone service area.

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Modchip

A modchip (short for modification chip) is a small electronic device used to alter or disable artificial restrictions of computers or entertainment devices.

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Modem

A modem (modulator–demodulator) is a network hardware device that modulates one or more carrier wave signals to encode digital information for transmission and demodulates signals to decode the transmitted information.

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MP3 player

An MP3 player or Digital Audio Player is an electronic device that can play digital audio files.

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Multi-channel memory architecture

In the fields of digital electronics and computer hardware, multi-channel memory architecture is a technology that increases the data transfer rate between the DRAM memory and the memory controller by adding more channels of communication between them.

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MultiMediaCard

In consumer electronics, the MultiMediaCard (MMC) is a memory-card standard used for solid-state storage.

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N-Gage (device)

The N-Gage (a pun on the word “engage”) is a PDA combining features of a telephone and a handheld game system developed by Nokia, announced on 4 November 2002 and released on 7 October 2003.

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N-Gage QD

The N-Gage QD is a handheld game console and smartphone by Nokia, and a redesign of the N-Gage. It was unveiled on April 14, 2004, and was released on May 26, 2004, running the same Symbian OS v6.0 with Series 60 1st Edition FP1. It revised the device's physical design, being smaller and rounder. It corrected the flaw of the cartridge slot with a more convenient one on the bottom of the device. This design also moved the earpiece to the face of the device, rather than on the side, as in the previous model. The device retailed at a lower price compared to the original N-Gage device, aided by the fact that it was usually sold with service contracts and applicable subsidies. For instance, in the United States the N-Gage QD was available as a prepaid phone offered by Cingular at retail games stores such as Electronics Boutique and GameStop. Hardware specifications: Weight:, dimensions:.

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Namco

is a Japanese corporation that operates game centers and theme parks, but is best known for its previous identity as a video game developer and publisher.

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Neo Geo Pocket Color

The Neo Geo Pocket Color (also stylized as NEOGEOPOCKET COLOR, often abbreviated NGPC), is a 16-bit color handheld video game console manufactured by SNK.

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New York City Police Department

The City of New York Police Department, commonly known as the NYPD, is the primary law enforcement and investigation agency within the five boroughs of New York City.

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NFL 2K

NFL 2K is an American football video game series developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega.

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Nintendo

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company headquartered in Kyoto.

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Nintendo 64

The, stylized as NINTENDO64 and abbreviated to N64, is Nintendo's third home video game console for the international market.

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Nintendo e-Reader

The is a add-on made by Nintendo for its Game Boy Advance portable video game system.

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Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

, or Nintendo EAD, formerly Nintendo Research & Development 4, or Nintendo R&D4, was the largest division inside Nintendo until it merged with Nintendo's other software division Software Planning & Development in September 2015, becoming Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development.

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Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System (commonly abbreviated as NES) is an 8-bit home video game console that was developed and manufactured by Nintendo.

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Nintendo optical discs

Nintendo optical discs are the optical disc format used to distribute video games released by Nintendo.

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Nintendo Power

Nintendo Power is a news and strategy magazine which was initially published in-house monthly by Nintendo of America, and later independently.

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Nokia

Nokia is a Finnish multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company, founded in 1865.

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Nuon (DVD technology)

Nuon is a technology developed by VM Labs that adds features to a DVD player.

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Online game

An online game is a video game that is either partially or primarily played through the Internet or any other computer network available.

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Open world

An open world in video games is a virtual world in which the player can explore and approach objectives freely, as opposed to a world with more linear gameplay.

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Open-source model

The open-source model is a decentralized software-development model that encourages open collaboration.

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Operating system

An operating system (OS) is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.

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Outline of entertainment

The following outline provides an overview of and topical guide to entertainment and the entertainment industry: Entertainment is any activity which provides a diversion or permits people to amuse themselves in their leisure time, and may also provide fun, enjoyment and laughter.

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Palm OS

Palm OS (also known as Garnet OS) is a discontinued mobile operating system initially developed by Palm, Inc., for personal digital assistants (PDAs) in 1996.

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PC game

PC games, also known as computer games or personal computer games, are video games played on a personal computer rather than a dedicated video game console or arcade machine.

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Personal digital assistant

A personal digital assistant (PDA), also known as a handheld PC, is a variety mobile device which functions as a personal information manager.

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Phantasy Star Online

Phantasy Star Online is an online role-playing game (RPG) developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in 2000 for the Dreamcast.

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Play-Yan

The Play-Yan (trademarked PLAY-YAN) is a media player for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance.

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PlayStation

is a gaming brand that consists of four home video game consoles, as well as a media center, an online service, a line of controllers, two handhelds and a phone, as well as multiple magazines.

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PlayStation (console)

The PlayStation (officially abbreviated to PS, and commonly known as the PS1 or its codename, PSX) is a home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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PlayStation 2

The PlayStation 2 (PS2) is a home video game console that was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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PlayStation 2 accessories

Various accessories for the PlayStation 2 video game console have been produced by Sony, as well as third parties.

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PlayStation 2 Expansion Bay

The PlayStation 2 Expansion Bay is a 3.5" drive bay introduced with the model 30000 and 50000 PlayStation 2 (replacing the PCMCIA slot used in the models 10000, 15000, and 18000, and no longer present as of the model 70000) designed for the network adaptor and internal hard disk drive (HDD).

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PlayStation 2 online functionality

Selected games on Sony's PlayStation 2 video game console offer online gaming or other online capabilities.

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Pokémon Mini

The is a handheld game console that was designed and manufactured by Nintendo and themed around the Pokémon media franchise. It is the smallest game system with interchangeable cartridges ever produced by Nintendo, weighing just under. It was first released in North America on November 16, 2001, then in Japan on December 14, 2001, and in Europe on March 15, 2002. The systems were released in three colors: Wooper Blue, Chikorita Green, and Smoochum Purple. Features of the Pokémon mini include an internal real-time clock, an infrared port used to facilitate multiplayer gaming, a reed switch for detecting shakes, and a motor used to implement force feedback. The Nintendo GameCube game Pokémon Channel features playable demo versions of several Pokémon mini games via console emulation. Also included in the game is Snorlax's Lunch Time, a Pokémon Channel exclusive. Some games were only released in Japan, such as Togepi's Adventure. Various hackers have reverse engineered the Pokémon mini (with the aid of the aforementioned emulator in Pokémon Channel) in order to enable the creation of homebrew games, and to allow official games to be played on other platforms (such as a PC, Dreamcast and various others).

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Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

are the third installments of the ''Pokémon'' series of role-playing video games, developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance.

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Pound sterling

The pound sterling (symbol: £; ISO code: GBP), commonly known as the pound and less commonly referred to as Sterling, is the official currency of the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and Tristan da Cunha.

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PowerPC

PowerPC (with the backronym Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC – Performance Computing, sometimes abbreviated as PPC) is a reduced instruction set computing (RISC) instruction set architecture (ISA) created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM.

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PowerVR

PowerVR is a division of Imagination Technologies (formerly VideoLogic) that develops hardware and software for 2D and 3D rendering, and for video encoding, decoding, associated image processing and DirectX, OpenGL ES, OpenVG, and OpenCL acceleration.

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Pre-order

A pre-order is an order placed for an item that has not yet been released.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2014

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (officially abbreviated as PES 2014, also known in Asia as World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2014 in 2013 and also World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2014 - Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Japan only) in 2014) is an association football video game developed and published by Konami.

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Propeller Arena

Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship (also simply called Propeller Arena) is a video game for the Dreamcast console.

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Pulse-code modulation

Pulse-code modulation (PCM) is a method used to digitally represent sampled analog signals.

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Quick time event

In video games, a quick time event (QTE) is a method of context-sensitive gameplay in which the player performs actions on the control device shortly after the appearance of an on-screen instruction/prompt.

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Random-access memory

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of computer data storage that stores data and machine code currently being used.

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Rare (company)

Rare Limited is a British video game developer based in Twycross, England.

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Ray tracing (graphics)

In computer graphics, ray tracing is a rendering technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects of its encounters with virtual objects.

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RDRAM

Rambus DRAM (RDRAM), and its successors Concurrent Rambus DRAM (CRDRAM) and Direct Rambus DRAM (DRDRAM), are types of synchronous dynamic RAM developed by Rambus from the late-1980s through to the early-2000s.

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Reduced instruction set computer

A reduced instruction set computer, or RISC (pronounced 'risk'), is one whose instruction set architecture (ISA) allows it to have fewer cycles per instruction (CPI) than a complex instruction set computer (CISC).

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Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4, known in Japan as Biohazard 4, is a third-person shooter survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom.

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Retro Studios

Retro Studios, Inc. is an American first-party video game developer and division of Nintendo based in Austin, Texas.

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Rez (video game)

Rez is a musical rail shooter developed by United Game Artists and published by Sega for the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2.

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Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games, Inc. is an American video game publisher based in New York City.

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S-Video

S-Video (also known as separate video and Y/C) is a signaling standard for standard definition video, typically 480i or 576i.

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S60 (software platform)

The S60 Platform (formerly Series 60 User Interface) was a software platform for smartphones that runs on the Symbian operating system.

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Sample-based synthesis

Sample-based synthesis is a form of audio synthesis that can be contrasted to either subtractive synthesis or additive synthesis.

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SCART

SCART (from Syndicat des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs, "Radio and Television Receiver Manufacturers' Association") is a French-originated standard and associated 21-pin connector for connecting audio-visual (AV) equipment.

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Secure Digital

Secure Digital (SD) is a non-volatile memory card format developed by the SD Card Association (SDA) for use in portable devices.

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Sega

Sega Games Co., Ltd., originally short for Service Games and officially styled as SEGA, is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with offices around the world.

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Sega AM2

Sega-AM2 Co., Ltd. (doing business as Sega AM R&D Division 2, commonly referred to as Sega AM2) is a division of Japanese video game developer Sega.

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Sega CD

The Sega CD, released as the in most regions outside North America and Brazil, is a CD-ROM accessory for the Sega Genesis video game console designed and produced by Sega as part of the fourth generation of video game consoles.

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Sega Genesis

The Sega Genesis, known as the in regions outside of North America, is a 16-bit home video game console developed and sold by Sega.

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Sega Sammy Holdings

is a Japanese consolidated holding company formed from the merger of Sega and Sammy in 2004.

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Sega Saturn

The is a 32-bit fifth-generation home video game console developed by Sega and released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America, and July 8, 1995 in Europe.

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SegaNet

SegaNet was an internet service provided by Sega for the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast video game consoles.

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September 11 attacks

The September 11, 2001 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

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Seventh generation of video game consoles

In the history of video games, the seventh generation includes consoles released since late by Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony Computer Entertainment.

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Shader

In computer graphics, a shader is a type of computer program that was originally used for shading (the production of appropriate levels of light, darkness, and color within an image) but which now performs a variety of specialized functions in various fields of computer graphics special effects or does video post-processing unrelated to shading, or even functions unrelated to graphics at all.

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Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus, released in Japan as Wander and the Colossus, is an action-adventure game developed by SCE Japan Studio and Team Ico, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2.

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Shenmue

Shenmue is an action-adventure game series created, produced and directed by Yu Suzuki.

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SIE Santa Monica Studio

Santa Monica Studio, LLC is an American first-party video game developer and part of SIE Worldwide Studios, which is owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment, known for developing the God of War series.

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Smilebit

Smilebit was a division of Japanese video game developer Sega.

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SNK

is a Japanese video game hardware and software company, successor to the Shin Nihon Kikaku and current owner of the SNK video game brand and Neo Geo video game platform.

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SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs

SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs is a series of third-person tactical shooter video games for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and one for the mobile phone created by Zipper Interactive.

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Softmod

A softmod is a method of using software to modify the intended behaviour of hardware, such as video cards, sound cards, or game consoles in a way that can overcome restrictions of the firmware, or install custom firmware.

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Sonic Adventure

is a 1998 platform game for Sega's Dreamcast video game console, and the first main Sonic the Hedgehog game to feature 3D gameplay.

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Sonic Team

is a Japanese video game development division of Sega.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise created and produced by Sega.

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Sony

is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony Interactive Entertainment (abbreviated as SIE and formerly known as Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International) is a multinational video game and digital entertainment company and is a wholly owned subsidiary and part of the Consumer Products and Services Group of Sony Corporation.

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Soulcalibur

The is a weapon-based fighting video game franchise by Bandai Namco Entertainment.

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Soulcalibur II

is a 2002 fighting video game developed by Project Soul and published by Namco and the third installment in the Soulcalibur series of weapon-based fighting games.

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Spike Video Game Awards

The Spike Video Game Awards (also known as the VGAs, and the VGX in its final year) were an annual award show hosted by Spike between 2003 and 2013 that recognized the best computer and video games of the year.

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Square (company)

was a Japanese video game company founded in September 1986 by Masafumi Miyamoto.

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Square Enix

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company that is best known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others.

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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is a role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by LucasArts.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing video game set in the Star Wars universe.

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Streaming SIMD Extensions

In computing, Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) is an SIMD instruction set extension to the x86 architecture, designed by Intel and introduced in 1999 in their Pentium III series of processors shortly after the appearance of AMD's 3DNow!.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a platforming video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii.

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Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Sunshine is a platform game in the Super Mario series developed and published by Nintendo for the GameCube.

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Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (officially abbreviated the Super NES or SNES, and colloquially shortened to Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo that was released in 1990 in Japan and South Korea, 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe and Australasia (Oceania), and 1993 in South America.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros.

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SuperH

SuperH (or SH) is a 32-bit reduced instruction set computing (RISC) instruction set architecture (ISA) developed by Hitachi and currently produced by Renesas.

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Superscalar processor

A superscalar processor is a CPU that implements a form of parallelism called instruction-level parallelism within a single processor.

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Surround sound

Surround sound is a technique for enriching the sound reproduction quality of an audio source with additional audio channels from speakers that surround the listener (surround channels).

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Symbian

Symbian is a discontinued mobile operating system (OS) and computing platform designed for smartphones.

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Synchronous dynamic random-access memory

Synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) is any dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) where the operation of its external pin interface is coordinated by an externally supplied clock signal.

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Taito

is a Japanese video game developer and publisher of arcade hardware and mobile phones, and an operator of video arcades.

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Tapwave Zodiac

The Tapwave Zodiac is a discontinued mobile entertainment console.

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Team Ico

Team Ico was a Japanese video game development studio led by game designer Fumito Ueda.

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Tekken Tag Tournament

is the fourth main installment in Namco's Tekken fighting game series.

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The Escapist (magazine)

The Escapist (typeset as the escapist) is an online magazine covering mostly video games as well as movies, comics, TV, and more.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the GameCube home video game console.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii and GameCube home video game consoles.

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The Market for Computer & Video Games

The Market for Computer & Video Games (short MCV, formerly The Market for Home Computing & Video Games) is a United Kingdom-based media brand which focuses on business aspects of the video game industry, including development, publishing, marketing and retail.

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The Pentagon

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. As a symbol of the U.S. military, The Pentagon is often used metonymically to refer to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) is a daily compact newspaper published by Fairfax Media in Sydney, Australia.

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Tiled rendering

Tiled rendering is the process of subdividing a computer graphics image by a regular grid in optical space and rendering each section of the grid, or tile, separately.

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Transform, clipping, and lighting

Transform, clipping, and lighting (T&L or sometimes TCL) is a term used in computer graphics.

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Triangle strip

A triangle strip is a series of connected triangles, sharing vertices, allowing for more efficient memory usage for computer graphics.

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Turn 10 Studios

Turn 10 Studios (abbreviated to T10 or Turn 10) is an American video game developer located in Redmond, Washington.

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Ubisoft

Ubisoft Entertainment SA (formerly Ubi Soft Entertainment SA) is a French video game publisher headquartered in Montreuil.

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UGO Networks

UGO Entertainment, Inc. was a website that provided coverage of online media in entertainment, targeting males aged 18–34.

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United Game Artists

(UGA) was a subsidiary of Sega headquartered in Shibuya-ka, Tokyo, Japan.

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United States dollar

The United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$ and referred to as the dollar, U.S. dollar, or American dollar) is the official currency of the United States and its insular territories per the United States Constitution since 1792.

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User interface

The user interface (UI), in the industrial design field of human–computer interaction, is the space where interactions between humans and machines occur.

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V.Smile

The V.Smile is an educational game system by VTech.

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Valve Corporation

Valve Corporation is an American video game developer and digital distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

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VGA connector

A Video Graphics Array (VGA) connector is a three-row 15-pin DE-15 connector.

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Video game console

A video game console is an electronic, digital or computer device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game that one or more people can play.

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Video game controversies

Video game controversies are societal and scientific arguments about whether the content of video games changes the behavior and attitudes of a player, and whether this is reflected in video game culture overall.

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Video game developer

A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games.

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Video game industry

The video game industry is the economic sector involved in the development, marketing, and monetization of video games.

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Video game journalism

Video game journalism is a branch of journalism concerned with the reporting and discussion of video games.

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Video RAM (dual-ported DRAM)

Video RAM, or VRAM, is a dual-ported variant of dynamic RAM (DRAM), which was once commonly used to store the framebuffer in graphics adapters.

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Virtua Fighter 4

is a fighting game by Sega.

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Visual Concepts

Visual Concepts Entertainment is an American video game developer based in Novato, California.

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VMU

The Visual Memory Unit (VMU), also referred to as the (VMS) in Japan and Europe, is the primary memory card produced by Sega for the Dreamcast home video game console.

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VTech

VTech (Traditional Chinese: 偉易達) (Originally Video Technology Limited) is a Hong Kongese global supplier of electronic learning products from infancy to preschool and the world's largest manufacturer of cordless phones.

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WaveBird Wireless Controller

The WaveBird Wireless Controller is a radio frequency (RF) based wireless controller manufactured for the Nintendo GameCube video game console.

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Wii

The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006.

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Windows Embedded Compact

Windows Embedded Compact, formerly Windows Embedded CE and Windows CE, is an operating system subfamily developed by Microsoft as part of its Windows Embedded family of products.* Unlike Windows Embedded Standard, which is based on Windows NT, Windows Embedded Compact uses a different hybrid kernel.

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WonderSwan

The is a handheld game console released in Japan by Bandai.

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Word (computer architecture)

In computing, a word is the natural unit of data used by a particular processor design.

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X86

x86 is a family of backward-compatible instruction set architectures based on the Intel 8086 CPU and its Intel 8088 variant.

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Xavix

The XaviXPORT is a home video game console developed by SSD COMPANY LIMITED and released in the United States on 2004 during the sixth generation of video game consoles.

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Xbox (console)

The Xbox is a home video game console and the first installment in the Xbox series of consoles manufactured by Microsoft.

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Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft.

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Xbox Linux

Xbox Linux was a project that ported the Linux operating system to the Xbox video game console.

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Xbox Live

Xbox Live is an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service created and operated by Microsoft.

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Xbox Music Mixer

The Xbox Music Mixer is a multimedia accessory/utility developed by Wild Tangent and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox.

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Yabasic

Yabasic (Yet Another BASIC) is a free and open source BASIC interpreter for Windows and Unix platforms.

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Yamaha Corporation

() is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate with a very wide range of products and services, predominantly musical instruments, electronics and power sports equipment.

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YPbPr

YPbPr or Y'PbPr, also written as, is a color space used in video electronics, in particular in reference to component video cables.

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ZDNet

ZDNet is a business technology news website published by CBS Interactive, along with TechRepublic.

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16-bit

16-bit microcomputers are computers in which 16-bit microprocessors were the norm.

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1T-SRAM

1T-SRAM is a pseudo-static random-access memory (PSRAM) technology introduced by MoSys, Inc., which offers a high-density alternative to traditional static random access memory (SRAM) in embedded memory applications.

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1UP.com

1UP.com was an American entertainment website that focused on video games.

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32-bit

32-bit microcomputers are computers in which 32-bit microprocessors are the norm.

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32X

The 32X is an add-on for the Sega Genesis video game console.

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64-bit computing

In computer architecture, 64-bit computing is the use of processors that have datapath widths, integer size, and memory address widths of 64 bits (eight octets).

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixth_generation_of_video_game_consoles

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