As the video game industry continues to grow in popularity (home consoles), there are still video games being produced and sold for the personal computer and the Macintosh computer. These video games were popular prior to the development of home consoles such as PlayStation, Nintendo, Sega and Xbox. Video games released for the home computer and laptops include genres such as war simulation, cards, sports simulations and puzzles. Some of the most popular war simulation games have been plane simulation games because of the ability to purchase a joystick and actually fly the plane. Another popular genre of simulation games for the home computer and laptop is that of driving simulation games.Computer video games can be purchased at electronic stores, on the Internet, or played for free on gaming websites. They can be downloaded or uploaded, depending on the nature of the game, and can be saved directly to the computer or to a digital card or external hard drive. It all depends on the nature of the game and the preferences of the gamer. Some of the most popular video games for the personal computer have also been released for home console systems like PlayStation or Xbox and vice versa. People can bring their laptop everywhere they go and sometimes they want to bring their video games with them. So, if they like a certain game that they play on their home console, they can purchase that game’s version for their computer.Popular console games that can also be played on the computer include Call of Duty, Madden NFL, The Sims, Star Wars, Halo, MLB Front Office Manager, Brothers in Arms, NHL 09 and many more. When you purchase video games for your computer they do not come with all the accessories needed to play them. Most video games can be played with the click of a mouse and by using a handful of keys on the computer’s keyboard. But, certain games such as Flight Simulator will require the use of a joystick to effectively play the game. The joystick does not come with the game, which means you will have to purchase it separately.There is a downside to playing video games on your computer. If the game is one where you play individual sporting events, advance to different levels, or unlock different items then you will need to save the game’s data or lose your place in the game. This might turn into a problem if you wind up having technical problems with your computer. There will be no problem with saving the game to your computer’s hard drive but if the computer becomes infected with a virus or other harmful item then your game’s data might be in jeopardy. Or, if the game freezes during game play then you might never be able to play that game again unless you reinstall it onto your system. This means that you will lose your data and have to start all over again, which can be extremely frustrating, especially if you have put a ton of time into the game. Do not forget though that these same problems can arise from playing video games on home consoles.