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Ever wonder how video games are developed? We look at the creation of your favorite games and technologies. Read how 3DO creates their games, what game ratings mean or how game characters move so fluidly.

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What are Gouraud shading and texture mapping in 3-D video games?

If you look at the description of some 3-D video games, you'll see references to Gouraud shading or texture mapping. What does that mean?


Are cheat codes really cheating?

 Are cheat codes really cheating?

Asking whether a cheat code constitutes as cheating may seem silly. But the purpose and history of cheat codes might surprise you. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are there video games designed for moms?

 Are there video games designed for moms?

Moms work hard and provide for their families, but they need some fun too. Learn if there are video games for moms at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How are video games regulated in the U.S.?

 How are video games regulated in the U.S.?

Gaming has come a long way since Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong. Learn how video games are regulated in the U.S. at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How do free-to-play games make money?

 How do free-to-play games make money?

Free-to-play games like 'Candy Crush' and 'Farmville' are big hits. But how do free-to-play games make money if they are free? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What are quick-time events?

 What are quick-time events?

Video games often require you to think on your fingertips. Learn all about quick-time events at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How close are we to holographic gaming?

 How close are we to holographic gaming?

Holographic gaming can allow players true immersion in gaming worlds. Find out what holographic gaming is all about and how close we are to that technology. See more »

How MotionScan Technology Works

 How MotionScan Technology Works

MotionScan technology adds more life-like features to animated figures. Take a look behind the scenes at MotionScan technology to learn more. See more »

The Ultimate MotionScan Technology Quiz

 The Ultimate MotionScan Technology Quiz

MotionScan, a new type of motion capture technology, brings facial expression to animated characters. See how much you know about MotionScan with this quiz. See more »

Does violence in movies and video games desensitize us to the real thing?

 Does violence in movies and video games desensitize us to the real thing?

Does violence in movies and video games desensitize us to the real thing? Learn how violence in movies and video games can desensitize us. See more »

How the Emotiv EPOC Works

 How the Emotiv EPOC Works

The Emotiv EPOC is a virtual reality game that uses your brain instead of a controller. Read about the cutting-edge Emotiv EPOC and the technology behind it. See more »