Games, video, and music have all evolved into popular and practical forms of computer entertainment as a result of improved graphics and sound capabilities and the invention of the Internet. Java, a type of programming language, has made Internet-based board games such as checkers and chess possible. Computer and video games on CD-ROM have also changed thanks to the Internet, allowing you to play with or against people on other, distant computers. Additionally, the playing experience can be intensified if your computer has special graphics and sound hardware cards installed. DVDs, similar to CD-ROMs but capable of holding much more data, allow you to play movies on your computer with better picture and sound quality than conventional VCRs . Video transmission over the Internet has also improved, as a result of better video compression software and a greater availability of fast Internet access devices. Many radio stations broadcast live over the Internet, allowing listeners to tune in not just to their favorite local stations, but to stations broadcasting from around the globe. Music on computers has also been changed by MP3 technology. There are many Web sites where you can download MP3 music files, allowing you to compile a customized collection of your favorite songs on your computer. Cutting-edge computer games, video, and music often require a faster, more powerful computer than you'd otherwise need, so you may want to consider that when buying or upgrading a computer.
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