Guest post today about how casinos are making it into games more and more. Don’t believe me? I recently played Final Fantasy VI, remember?
The dark and tempting world of casinos has been influencing popular culture for many years – from Sharon Stone’s alluring Ginger McKenna in 1995 flick Casino to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. But with the rise of online gambling – an industry said to have made £2 billion in 2013, it’s only natural that the addictive practice would make its way into video games.
Over the last decade the theme of gambling has made for a colourful and exciting theme for many PC and video games, from 2004’s Vegas Tycoon to the ill-fated Casino Royale video game. Despite the media hysteria that was Daniel Craig’s first Bond role in 2006, a video game version that was planned by Electronic Arts was dropped after it was announced it would not be available in time for the film’s November release.
Things have come a long way since 2006 however for game design, and gamers around the world were hit by the storm that was the highly anticipated GTA 5 release in September 2013. Within just 24 hours, the game had sold more than 11 million copies, and quickly earned the accolade of the fast selling game of all time in the UK. Available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the game was so popular because it offered gamers so much, from gripping storylines to limitless land space.
Now, with the hot news of a GTA 5 release for PS4 and Xbox One, gamers are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the new and improved, updated version of the Rockstar classic. While no solid release date has been confirmed, the internet has been awash with rumours of the game’s newest updates, including an accessible in-game casino.
Players of the PS3 game have expressed their wish for a ‘fully functioning casino’, and may just get what they’ve asked for with the updated PS4 version – while at present the game offers a non-interactive Vinewood Casino, updates to GTA online have paved the way for an interactive casino in the newest release.
The power of online
Rockstar’s decision to drip feed gamers with an interactive casino in GTA online is surely a wise one given the increasing popularity of online casinos in recent years. With the rise of smart phone and tablet technology, online gambling sites such as http://www.gamingclub.co.uk are giving players who used to make expensive trips to land-based casinos the chance to win huge prizes without leaving their seat.
Clearly, whether the thrill is guiding an avatar round an interactive casino or winning real money on online slots, the rising popularity of casinos is not planning on stopping any time soon, and the theme could soon launch a new generation of themed games in the future.