The creation of multimedia capabilities for the PC was probably given initial impetus by gamers, and certainly it is the case today that game demands drive graphical innovations. In computer sound capabilities musicians found a whole new means for creating and recording music, with studio technology condensed into their home PC. Quickly, business and education began to utilise the dynamism of sound and vision. Applications to harness and exploit multimedia ranged all the way from businesses’ use of Voice Over IP (VoIP) …to educators’ use of Audience Response Systems to interact with learners. Home PC users continued to take advantage of the opportunities to do professional home video editing and music mixing.
Eventually, broadband Internet opened the doors for digital music, online gaming, movie downloads, Internet TV and more. The PC has since been posited as a home media centre, offering a complete home entertainment hub. There is no doubt, multimedia is a cornerstone of home computers.
The graphics card is a component that possibly gains more attention than any other. Now a complex, integrated subsystem with their own RAM and processing power, they are very much a computer within your computer.