A classic console is a box that scrolls down from the top of the screen, and is found in most computer games. This style was made popular with Quake (1996). There are other forms of console:
- Quake III Arena has one or two consoles, depending on the platform the game was released for. The first is the internal console, which exists on all platforms. The second is an external console, created via the Windows API. The console printing function directs to both, likewise, both consoles can also have text input to them. The external console is used for dedicated servers and to log startup of the engine. Finally, the external console is also used to show errors and display debugging output should the game crash.
- Dark Engine's console shows output up to 4 lines in length and is accessed by pressing 3 particular keys at the same time.
- Lithtech's console has no output and is used mainly for entering cheat codes.
- The Source engine's console is a window all by itself.
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