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A  PC game , also known as a  computer game  or  personal computer game , is a type of  video game  played on a  personal computer  rather than a  video game console  or  arcade machine . Its defining characteristics include: more diverse and user-determined gaming hardware and software; and generally greater capacity in input, processing, video and audio output. The uncoordinated nature of the PC game market, and now its lack of physical media, make precisely assessing its size difficult.In 2018, the global PC games market was valued at about $27.7 billion. Home computer  games became popular following the  video game crash of 1983 , leading to the era of the "bedroom coder". In the 1990s, PC games lost  mass-market  traction to  console games , before enjoying a resurgence in the mid-2000s through  digital distribution . Newzoo  reports that the  PC gaming sector  is the third-largest category (and estimated in decline) across all platforms as of 2016, with the  cons