Their defining characteristics include a more diverse and user determined gaming hardware and software, and a generally greater capacity in input, processing, and video output.
Home computer games became popular following the video game crash of 1983 leading to the era of the "bedroom coder".
By the late 1970s to early 1980s, games were developed and distributed through hobbyist groups and gaming magazines, such as Creative Computing and later Computer Gaming World.
These publications provided game code that could be typed into a computer and played, encouraging readers to submit their own software to competitions.
An early text-adventure, Adventure, was developed for the PDP-11 minicomputer by Will Crowther in 1976, and expanded by Don Woods in 1977.
CBS, Decca, EMI, Philips/ Polydor, Pye, and (in the second half of the decade) RCA appear to have had distinctive and easily recognisable styles, so a few notes about them may be useful.
1Dreamboy is a One Direction dating sim game where you get to interact with the five One Direction members: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan.
In the 1990s, PC games lost mass-market traction to console games before enjoying a resurgence in the mid-2000s through digital distribution.
Newzoo reports that the PC gaming sector is the third largest (and estimated in decline), with the consoles second largest, and across all platforms as of 2016, 2.2 billion gamers generate US1.1 billion in revenue (i.e.As with second-generation video game consoles at the time, early home computer game companies capitalized on successful arcade games at the time with ports or clones of popular arcade games.