A video game is a game with a digital user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.
The electronic systems used to play such games are known as platforms; PC, mobile, and video game consoles, such as the Sony Playstation and Xbox, comprise platforms. Arcade games housed in standalone, large, typically coin-operated frames, common in the 1980s in video arcades, gave popular rise to the video gaming experience and though the arcade style video games have declined due to the affordability home video gaming, eSports and VR gaming are bringing about a resurgence in out-of-home video gaming.
Video games have an input device such as a game controller, keyboard and mouse, or the touchscreen of a smartphone or tablet. Considered a distinct niche of media technology, video games support the industry cross experience, often featuring in game advertising, exceptionally produced sound effects, popular music, and professional voice acting.
In the 2010s, the commercial importance of the video game industry was clearly established and as of 2015, video games generated $74 billion in annual worldwide sales; the third-largest segment in the U.S. entertainment market, behind broadcast and cable TV.