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PC most commonly refers to:

  • Personal computer, a computer whose original sales price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals
  • Political correctness, language or behavior that appears calculated to provide a minimum of offense

PC may also stand for:

Science and medicine

Law, politics, and business

Transport and places


Product identification


Political parties

Educational institutions


Art and entertainment

  • Piano concerto, a concerto for solo piano and orchestra
  • Picture cover, a method of book binding in which the cover of the book has a picture relating to the contents
  • Player character or playable character, a fictional character controlled by a human player, usually in role-playing games or computer games
  • Pocket ¢hange, a pricing game from The Price Is Right

Video games

Other initialisms

  • Postcard or postal card, a thick, typically rectangular piece of paper intended for mailing
  • Preclear (Scientology), a person who has not overcome the "reactive mind"
  • Public convenience, a euphemism for a toilet
  • Program counter, a special register inside CPUs indicating where the computer is in its instruction sequence
  • Protective custody, a type of imprisonment or care to protect a person from harm
  • Proto-Celtic, the reconstructed common ancestor of the Celtic languages
  • "Partly cloudy", a weather forecast designation mostly used in North American English newspapers
  • Pro-choice, a description used by people who believe that women should have the legal right to have an abortion and the legal right to be protected from coerced or forced abortion
  • Prontor-Compur, a standard connector type for photographic flash synchronization


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also pc, and pC





  1. (metrology) Symbol for the petacoulomb, an SI unit of electric charge equal to 1015 coulombs.



PC (plural PCs for countable noun senses)

  1. (US, navy) Coastal Patrol
  2. partially continuous
  3. Penn Central
  4. personal computer
  5. photocopy
  6. Phrozen Crew
  7. (British, politics) Plaid Cymru
  8. player character
  9. (British)(Canadian) police constable
  10. politically correct
  11. political correctness
  12. (organic chemistry) polycarbonate
  13. posterior commissure
  14. (US) Presbyterian Church
  15. Privy Council
  16. privy councillor
  17. (US) probable cause
  18. Probate Court
  19. pro-choice
  20. (TV) production code
  21. Professional Corporation
  22. (Canadian, politics) Progressive Canadian Party
  23. (Canadian, politics, dated) Progressive Conservative
  24. (Canadian, politics, dated) Progressive Conservative Party
  25. progressive contextualization
  26. Proto-Celtic
  27. pubococcygeus muscle
  28. (computing) program counter


  • 2005: 'I talked them out of that, and now one of their PCs is letting me borrow their PC. Very PC of him, I thought,' the Doctor explained. — The Gallifrey Chronicles, Lance Parkin, p79; the three uses in this quotation mean police constable, personal computer, and politically correct, respectively.


  • (politically correct): non-PC, un-PC

Related terms

  • (policing) WPC

See also


  • Anagrams of CP

Strategy wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010
(Redirected to Category:PC article)

From StrategyWiki, the free strategy guide and walkthrough wiki

The console image for PC.
Manufacturer Various
Active 1981—present
For information on system requirements, see system requirements.

The PC (short for Personal Computer) is a versatile gaming platform, but it is generally not classed as a console.

PCs can run a variety of operating systems, but because of Microsoft's dominance of the operating system market almost all PC games are only released for Windows; prior to Windows 95 and the advent of DirectX, games were instead primarily produced for MS-DOS. As a result, terms such as "PC games" and "computer games" have come to refer specifically to games programmed for DOS and/or Windows. Game releases for other PC operating systems (such as Linux or Mac OS) are instead referred to by the name of the operating system itself ("Linux games", "Mac games", etc.)


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Up to date as of February 01, 2010
(Redirected to Personal computer article)

From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!



The personal computer (PC) as we know it today was created in a garage by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founders of Apple Computer. At the time (1976), commercial computer manufacturers thought that the notion of a computer for the average person was absurd. The Steves turned the computer industry on its head with the idea of a usable, friendly computer, which home users could not only afford, but actually get utility from in a timely and intuitive manner. Most personal computers in the pre-Windows era used the BASIC programming language as its chief operating system, although games written for the computers also used assembly language. The IBM PC and its early line of compatibles were known to use MS-DOS as its operating system.

Modern systems

A look inside the typical PC

Today, after various business purloins and financial tricks, the term "PC" is synonymous not with Apple (who at one time marketed their iMac systems as the "un-PC"), and not even with the IBM-compatible machines that became prevalent in modern times, but with the Microsoft Windows platform. Very few PC games are compatible with anything but Windows, although some developers and publishers have trends of porting their games to the Apple Macintosh and Linux operating systems as well.

PC games

Console games are generally regarded as very different from PC games, a result of the different levels of control on each (a few buttons on a console versus an entire keyboard on a PC) as well as of the expectations of the end user. A typical PC gamer has spent more money on his platform, is more patient about errors which may arise as the result of incompatibilities or freak system occurrences, and therefore has a more relaxed and thoughtful taste in games.

However, the argument can be made that with twitchy first-person shooter prevalence on the PC, as well as recent consoles like the Xbox and Playstation 2 and their successors approaching the multi-use functionality of a personal computer, the line between the platforms is blurring.

PC games often have far better graphics over console games, due to the versatility of the PC platform and the overall more advanced hardware used in PCs that is not found in the current generation of consoles. PCs can also be extensively upgraded with the latest high-end hardware, as opposed to the mid-range standard hardware used in consoles. However, upgrading can be expensive, often running into thousands of dollars as opposed to the hundreds spent on consoles.

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