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Casino gaming has come a long way over the years. When you think back to how these games started out down back alleys or in saloons before they made their way onto the casino tables we know and love now, it’s safe to say that gaming is evolving alongside the technology that powers it.
And the 2020s is the decade where technology is really ramping everything up another gear, just as it is in mainstream gaming. From new innovative live dealer games to virtual reality, casino gaming is a lot different from how it used to be.
Live the Casino Experience
It’s all well and good to say that playing at an online casino can be more immersive than a bricks-and-mortar casino. Perhaps back in the day, that was the marketing spiel that you may have heard. And while playing on a 3D table can be a nice, private way to play, it’s definitely come a long way since then.
Over the years, live dealer games have been growing in popularity – and that will continue in 2022. The first live dealer games that came out were a great example of how casino gaming was becoming more interactive. These basically just had a real dealer broadcast to your screen. Over the years, the interactions became more personable as you could type and chat to the dealer, and they’d talk directly to you.
Add in new studio backdrops or even broadcasts from real casinos, and these games were more immersive than the real thing.
But it hasn’t stopped there. There are many live attractions now that you can enjoy – big thanks to Evolution Gaming for its huge investment and development into live dealer games. They’ve taken different forms now, such as game shows. So, if you were brought up on Saturday Night TV, then these are the types of games you’ll enjoy.
For instance, there’s Monopoly Live, a spin the wheel type of game where you simply place a bet on the number you think the wheel will stop on. Chance and 2 Rolls segments give you instant cash prizes, which makes it an exhilarating experience when playing live. Or maybe you really want things hectic; then the Crazy Time live game is for you. It’s filled to the brim with bonus games and multipliers.
Hi-tech Slots on the Way
2022 is only going to bring further innovation with slots from top developers like NetEnt and Microgaming. This is going to be very interesting, seeing as slots are already more advanced and in-depth than before. Branded slots are still popular, with games based on TV shows and movies – add in some unique bonus features, and they’re always popular.
Then there’s the Megaways engine, which offers thousands of ways to win and will light up your screen like a fireworks display. So, what else can we expect? Aside from the variants of paylines, slots now have more bonus features than they did before. It’s not just free spins up for grabs.
And the way they’re played is different too, with slots becoming more like video games. More fun, easier to play, and more rewards. What’s not to love?
Will VR Become a Thing in 2022?
Let’s hope so because there’s untold potential for it. It’s one thing to play a live dealer game and ‘feel’ as if you’re sitting in front of a dealer. But what if that ‘feeling’ becomes as close to real as it can? Imagine looking down and seeing your hands hold the cards in front of you. To physically place the cards on the table or put your chips on your bet at the roulette table.
Technology is always adapting, and VR is becoming more popular with the likes of Oculus Quest 2 now available. Perhaps it could finally be making a big splash for casino gaming in 2022?
Taking the Best and Making it Better
You all know the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” right? Well, when it comes to gaming developers, they tweak that a bit. If it ain’t broke, leave it as it is and then create a new enhanced version. It doesn’t roll off the tongue, but that’s what they do.
For instance, you can still enjoy much-loved slots such as Gonzo’s Quest, but you can also enjoy all the sequels that come out. And live dealer games are always undergoing new innovations to make them more fun, so expect more variations of blackjack and roulette in 2022 to keep you gaming.