An online game is a video game played over some form of computer networking|computer network, using a personal computer or video game console. This network is usually the internet or equivalent technology, but games have always used whatever technology was current: modems before the Internet, and hard wired Computer terminal|terminals before modems. The expansion of online gaming has reflected the overall expansion of computer networks from small local networks to the internet and the growth of internet access itself. Online games can range from simple Text-based game|text based environments to games incorporating complex graphics and virtual worlds populated by many players simultaneously. Many online games have associated Virtual community|online communities, making online games a form of social activity beyond single player games.