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Platforms

In a nutshell, a platform is the electronic system used to play a game. Home computers like the Mac and PC are platforms, and dedicated consoles like the Wii and Xbox are platforms that play games. There are numerous online avenues and, of course, the expanding markets for mobile and handheld devices.

Many game companies build their games for more than one platform, to capitalize on the different markets available for sales and reaching their demographic.

The following is a list of some of the more common platforms used for playing games:

  • PC
  • Console
  • Handheld
  • Mobile
  • Arcade

Games created for many platforms can be played online. We'll talk about online games after we look at these common platforms.

PC

Pc short for personal computer, is generally accepted as the term for any home computer system, whether it's a Mac or Windows.


  

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