Berkeley Lab energy analysis finds gaming computers consume $10 billion in electricity per year. The version of the graphics card’s driver installed can often affect game performance and gameplay In late 2013, AMD announced Mantle , a low-level API for certain models of AMD graphics cards, allowing for greater performance compared to software-level APIs such as DirectX, as well as simplifying porting to and from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, which are both built upon AMD hardware.
While it is normal not to want to disappoint others, players who prioritize computer games over all other forms of social interaction may experience intense feelings of guilt when they are not able to join their team for a planned gaming session or mission.
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A key difference between Western and Japanese computers at the time was the display resolution , with Japanese systems using a higher resolution of 640×400 to accommodate Japanese text which in turn affected video game design and allowed more detailed graphics.
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.