Ever since the Internet first became available, numerous industries have had to change and adapt to keep up. Of all those industries, few have had to change as rapidly or as dramatically as online gaming. Ten years ago online Sudoku, geography quizzes and MSN Messenger games were the height of online gaming technology. Now, we can play console or PC quality games online anywhere we go as long as we have a connection to the Internet.
With such drastic developments taking place in the gaming industry, we thought we’d take a look at some of the changes in the way we play.
The Way We Pay
Whether it’s micro-transactions or cryptocurrencies, there’s no denying that the way we pay has changed the way we play. Take online casinos and bingo sites for example: when casinos first began to transition into online sites in 1998 there were only two ways you could pay: debit and credit cards. Now, there are usually dozens of different payment options available including Mastercard, Neteller and Paypal.
One of the newest forms of payment to make its way onto the scene is Bitcoin. In fact, there are sites such as Vegas Casino that deal exclusively in Bitcoin transactions and offer a whole array of games from roulette and slots to live dealer poker games. And don’t worry if you’re new to cryptocurrencies as the site has quick and easy tutorials on how to exchange your money for vegas casino bitcoin.
According to Statista, over two billion people will own smartphones by the end of 2016. Each of these devices can also be transformed into a handheld gaming device that you can use any time anywhere to play online games. Tablets like the iPad have also become increasingly popular over the last decade, creating entirely new markets for the gaming industry.
Online game developers can still choose to create desktop-only games, but there’s no denying that mobile- and tablet-friendly titles can be equally successful. Remember Angry Birds? Rovio, the game’s developer, is thought to be worth between $6 billion and $9 billion, plus the game even has its own movie.
Virtual & Augmented Reality
More recently, another incredibly successful mobile and tablet game entered the gaming arena and took the world by storm. Though the idea is by no means new, Pokémon GO has changed the world of online games forever as it (somewhat) successfully managed to integrate augmented reality.
Of course, before there was Pokémon GO there was the Oculus Rift, a headset that got virtual reality fans very excited for the future of gaming. These technological innovations are bound to encourage future developers to create games that incorporate virtual or augmented reality and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
There was a time a few decades ago when the quality of a game could only be discovered via firsthand playthroughs, word of mouth and gaming magazines featuring reviews. Now, all you have to do is type in a game’s title on the web and you’ll be confronted with millions of reviews, debates, let’s plays, walkthroughs, videos and podcasts that will tell you everything you need to know.
There’s no doubt that the Internet’s reaction can make or break a game, so whilst games could rely on a solid reputation in the past to sell a new game everything is a risk in this new world. So new games tend to be far higher quality than their predecessors as game developers must create graphically appealing, content-packed games to keep their patrons happy. Now, the players are truly in control.