Video Games & Gear

Video games have come of age as an entertainment medium and the technology continues to mature. Learn about how your favorite video game consoles work, and see what's on the gaming horizon.


The Phantom was supposed to be launched in 2005, but it never made it to production. Learn about the specs and features of the Phantom game system.

Video games are amazing creations, but the fact remains that if you input you can't play. Take a look inside the quintessential game controller and see how it has evolved over the years.

Billiards, also known as pool, is played all over the world. But there's a lot more to it than just putting a ball in a pocket. Find out how pool tables are made, and learn about the games that are played on them.

The pinball machine is an arcade standard that most enjoy having a game or two on. There are also those who have truly mastered its secrets. Find out about the vagaries and nuances of tilt sensors, replays, matches, combination shots and more.

If you've ever gotten immersed in your game character's story and movements, you've probably wondered how these creations can move so fluidly. Here's your chance to find out!

Nintendo’s handheld gaming systems have dominated the market for years. Find out what made the Game Boy Advance such a major success.

How do developers get such realistic environments in video games? Learn about the game-creation process and how it's getting more advanced every year.

It's not the best-selling console ... or the one with the best buzz... or the one with the most bells and whistles. But it's still one heck of a cool machine. Check out what the GameCube has under the hood.

3DO is one of the top video game companies in the U.S. with dozens of popular titles. Go behind the scenes and learn exactly how 3DO creates a new game!

Microsoft's Xbox was one of the top game systems in its day, and with Xbox Live you can even use it to play on the Web. Take a look inside the Xbox.

Just like film and television, the video game industry maintains a level of age-related ratings. Find out how the ESRB system works.

On a coin-operated pool table, if you hit one of the numbered balls into a pocket, the ball goes into a locked storage compartment. If you hit the cue ball into a pocket, the table returns it. How does the pool table tell the difference?

The PlayStation 2 was one of the most anticipated game systems ever developed. Take a look inside and see what the PS2 had to offer.

It may be a relic now, but in 1999, Popular Science magazine recognized the Sega Dreamcast as one of the most important and innovative products of the year. Find out what made it so amazing.

The Nintendo 64 was an extremely popular video game system, with millions of users around the world. Learn where it all started and what's inside.

The PlayStation is one of the most popular video game systems of all time. Learn how PlayStation started and what's inside this video game console.

From Pong to PS3, take an inside look at computer consoles and how they work their magic to keep you entertained for hours (or days …) on end.

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?

How does a video-game light gun work? How does the game know where the gun is aiming? See the technology behind this popular video game accessory.

Have you ever wondered how a $30 program can consistently beat you at chess? Computer chess programs calculate their game plan based on formulas -- algorithms that determine whether a position is "good" or "bad," taking the whole board into account.