Gaming – Changes in the Way We Play

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The perpetually evolving world of gaming is providing us with new-fangled, inventive, and efficient ways to play on a constant basis. The days of going down to the arcade and putting coins into a machine now seem comparable to building fires and hunting for food; that’s how far things have come. The internet and technology has become so advanced that users now top up their virtual wallets to buy cybernetic credits to put in computer-generated machines – all from the screen of whichever device they choose to play from. Although the current norm will no doubt shift to something else before we know it, let’s take a look at some of the current innovative gaming methods that are on offer.

Social Gaming

Technology has opened up so many more social avenues, and now chatting through social media apps is one of the most popular ways of keeping in touch – 11% of the world’s population use the Facebook Messenger app alone. Gaming has always been a social venture, from board games to two-player arcade adventures, and the internet has led to games expanding on this idea tenfold.

MMORPGs are perhaps taking advantage of this the most. Games like World of Warcraft gave birth to the genre, and allowed players to create an avatar and enter an online universe, all the time interacting with other players from all over the world. The popularity of this led to a number of expansion packs and boosted the worldwide appeal of MMORPGs. In turn, hugely successful games like Guild Wars 2 have come about. When virtual reality becomes more popular, this could enhance the experience of these games even further.

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Online Casinos

Taking all the classics like roulette, blackjack and slot machines from the bricks-and-mortar casinos and reinventing them in an online universe has proven to be one of the most successful transitions in gaming history. The amount of money they rake in is typically difficult to predict, but Statista estimated revenues of $45.86 billion in 2016. Popularity has soared due to ease of access, original and exciting games, and comprehendible user interfaces.

The biggest hurdle these sites face now is attempting to outdo the competition. They try to do this by offering promotions such as free spins, no deposit bonuses bonuses, and VIP programs. Many sites also offer the same games made by popular developers like Microgaming and Playtech, so casinos that branch out and produce their own could get the upper hand.

Devices and Payments

The number of devices that games can be played on is reaching staggering new heights. Consoles, laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobiles are all already popular platforms. Now smartwatches are starting to provide an alternative, along with augmented and virtual reality headgear. Again, the online casino sector is a great example of an industry that is profiting from this plethora of ways to play, and sites are going to great lengths to make their games playable in any format.

In addition to that, payment has never been easier. Some gaming sites accept virtual currencies like Bitcoin, and others like mFortune even let you top up your credits and charge it to your phone bill. Who could have imagined that thirty years ago when they were shoving coins into a fruit machine at the arcade?

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Suddenly the ideas of the future that were once only visualized in film have become a reality. As gaming is 100% technology-based it was always going to improve as inventions developed to unparalleled heights. What will be the next big change? It now seems like it wouldn’t be too crazy to suggest that soon people will be putting on full VR suits and actually entering the games!