A player may refer to any of the following:
1. With gaming, a player or PC (player character) is a character in a video game controlled by a real person using a keyboard, mouse, or game controller. All actions performed by a PC are initiated by a real person. Any character in a game not controlled by a human is considered an NPC (non-player character).
2. With a program, a player commonly refers to a program capable of playing a sound file, movie clip, animation, or another file. For example, Windows Media Player and VLC (VideoLAN client) are both examples of media players.