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The Revolution of the Gaming Niche Thanks to Technology

The first accounts of gaming in humankind can be traced back to 3500BC in predynastic and First Dynasty Egypt. Since then, gaming has grown into a massive industry that is projected to be worth more than $143 billion in 2020. Today, a completely new brand of games dominates the market to replace the board games that people were first fascinated by. With the rate at which tech is advancing the gaming niche, it is likely we will see an entirely fresh brand in a couple of years.

Today, the industry enjoys a fanbase in the millions across the globe, which has been driven by the fact that they are beyond recognizable from what was available a couple of decades back. Here is a look at how the age of technology has applied changes to the gaming business that are sure to last forever.

1. Internet gaming

When the internet stepped into the scene in the late twentieth century, no one could have predicted the magnitude with which it would change nearly every industry it touched. The gaming niche has not been spared, and today, online games dominate the market with a big lead on their land-based counterparts. Most of the games created today are constructed for access on the internet on websites like Even if they are not, several of their components depend on the web to function. This shows that the business has come full swing from the age of simple board games to one that is almost wholly dependent on a complex network to run.

2. Cheaper games

Back in the day, console games like those of Play Station would cost upward of fifty dollars. Today, players can access games for as little as a dollar thanks to online platforms like Amazon. The affordable nature of games continues to attract a broader range of players, which has seen gaming companies focus on making such products. Such low-priced games are not of bad quality as one would expect, and can be supported on consoles as early as PlayStation 2.

3. Interaction with reality

Technology has taken the gaming scene to a whole new level, where players can interact with the environment to conduct gameplay. This is achieved with the help of Augmented Reality. AR, as the tech is also known, is a blend of both software and hardware elements to create an entirely new experience. This technology allows the creation of computer-generated superimposed images that are fused into the real world to make a new reality.

AR first saw a craze in the world of social media and can still be found as a dominant feature on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. The technology was made famous in the gaming world by Pokémon Go. In the game, players had to walk around in the real-world collecting alien eggs. In the world of gambling, players can bring to life an entire casino in their living room or any other preferred space. With the realism of the concept, a live dealer can be included in the mix to give it an even more personal touch.

4. Virtual experiences

Virtual Reality is related to Augmented Reality in some ways, but it provides an even more immersive experience. Instead of incorporating the computer-generated images into the real world, VR creates an entirely new dimension. Therefore, players could be seated in the living room, and with the help of VR glasses, transport themselves to a casino created by sewing together different images that create a 360-degree view of an artificial setting. Therefore, one can virtually walk up to a table and play Blackjack, poker, or any other game like they would in a real casino.

5. Artificial intelligence makeovers

Artificial Intelligence has changed a lot of how people relate to the world, and the same applies to the gambling industry. AI has given classic PC games a complete makeover to reconstruct products that challenge the needs of players. This element is supported by the fact that AI can mimic human gamers, which allows the tech to anticipate different needs. The results are then applied in the conceptualization of games to not only reconstruct graphics and animations but also change how the set interacts with the user.

6. Mobile gaming

The provision of games on mobile phones was one of the most significant leaps for the gaming industry. This venture all started with the introduction of the Snake game on Nokia’s 3310, which was released in September of 2000. This game came with the advantage of portability that allowed one to be out of their home but still enjoy fun gaming sessions. Ever since then, the niche has not looked back and has grown to become the prime source of gaming entertainment. Today, players can access thousands of games on the platform in different categories such as casino sets, arcade games, and racing games, among others.

Final Remarks

The influence of technology on the gambling industry goes far beyond this list. Most of the changes that have been brought by these advancements mostly lie on the upside, and they continue to be redefined as time goes by.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

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