The range of choice available to gamers is wider than ever before, a consequence of
inexorable technological development that has enabled game developers to
realize more complex dreams. From sporting simulations that look nearly
indistinguishable from real life to vast open world fantasy affairs with
seemingly endless possibilities, gamers are able to immerse themselves in a
wide selection of genres.
Yet the development of technical and graphical capabilities has also prompted a
reimagining of more classic games. While many turn to gaming for escapism in
order to complete otherwise impossible feats, others still retain a strong
emotional attachment to traditional card and board games. The issue with many
of those low-tech classics is their logistical requirements, but technology has
streamlined the process so effectively that many of these games can be played
on the move via a smartphone.
The evolution of computer-based card gaming has reached new heights in recent
years. The days of computing card games being an individual pursuit, usually
through a pre-installed version of solitaire on Microsoft Windows, are
long gone. As internet connections grew more prevalent, online casinos rose to
offer gamers an experience far more convenient than their land-based
counterparts could deliver.
The poker boom played a significant role in popularizing classic card games. The
1998 movie Rounders brought poker to a wider
audience, such is the benefit of casting Matt Damon, while Chris
Moneymaker’s 2003 victory at the World Series of Poker was an underdog story
that captured many imaginations. Moneymaker went from a satellite
tournament in an online poker room to a seat at the game’s most prestigious
event. Unsurprisingly, many casual players sought to emulate Moneymaker by
signing up to online poker sites. While online poker was convenient, it lacked
a sense of atmosphere and community.
Chat functions were useful, but their scope was limited. The development of live casino games has revolutionized the world of online poker, made possible by technological
growth. Players can now access Three Card Poker or Texas Hold ‘Em with
high-definition graphics and live dealers who run the game in real time,
tapping into that immersive and escapist quality that many of the best video
games offer. This use of cutting-edge streaming technology has taken online
card games to a new level.
It is not just card games that have benefited from technological developments.
Board games are beloved by many, often pulled out at holidays as a
reminder that technology isn’t needed to have fun. For other occasions, players
can now access online board games that counteract the costs and logistical demands
of setting up games physically.
The classic game Scrabble is available in a number of online forms, while Zynga’s
Words With Friends put its own spin on Scrabble to create an online
phenomenon. Words With Friends is even integrated into Facebook, a
testament to the world’s love for traditional games. Chess is another game
that has benefited from making the jump from low tech to high tech. The game of
strategy inherently requires another opponent, but players now have a raft of
online options to take on opponents from across the world or merely hone their
skills against the CPU.
While settling down to play a standard board or card game still retains
significant charm as a social pursuit, the practical ease offered by high tech
versions of these games make life more convenient. Plus, there’s always a
like-minded opponent out there just waiting to play.