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How technology is adding freshness to our favourite games from the past

by Sarah Dunsby
9th Aug 23 3:17 pm

As we see technology increasingly added to different parts of our lives, it shouldn’t be a surprise to discover that it’s also playing a big part in changing the games we love to play. How is this happening and how will it change the way we play from now on?

Casino games get new features added

If you look at the history of casino games like blackjack and roulette, you’ll discover that the gameplay has changed very little over a couple of centuries or more. Yet, the switch to online play has allowed developers to make some interesting changes to the way we play and added a good deal more variety to the selection of titles.

This can be seen when we play in an online casino for real money and find a variety of different versions of the most popular games. Multipliers on roulette games and blackjack games with side bets are some of the most eye-catching changes, with live dealers keeping the action going. New games using props such as wheels and even coins being flipped add to the feeling of casinos being fresher and more varied than before.

Slots have also been around for a long time, precisely since the first slot machine, the famous Liberty Bell, was created in the 1890s. What’s particularly interesting is that the online versions we can choose in the 21st century are still clearly based on the same general idea, but with technology now used to make them more varied. They’re now available in many themed versions with features such as jackpots and bonus rounds.

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Hasbro adding sensors to classic board games

While there is a degree of debate over the exact origins of the first board game, many of the classics that are still widely played were created in the first half of the 20th century and have changed relatively little since then. Games such as Monopoly and Scrabble are still much-loved after a century or more while relatively newer board games such as Risk and Catan have won millions of fans worldwide.

One of the ways that these games are changing can be seen in the latest news released by Hasbro. The games company has teamed up with the Italian development studio Xplored to add a digital edge to their games using the likes of smart sensors. Some of the games that could be updated this way are Monopoly and Cluedo, with the Italian company able to embed sensors in the board that work with smart dice to track the action while artificial intelligence (AI) is used to interpret the rules and add in new parts of the story when needed.

Adam Biehl is the VP of sales and marketing for Hasbro, and he pointed out that this is a way of adding more multimedia while retaining the physical aspect of these games that so many people enjoy. We can also expect to see completely new games created as part of this partnership.

These examples let us see how technology is allowing classic games to progress while also playing a part in the introduction of new games that could soon become favourites. While it’s difficult to predict what happens in the future, this trend seems likely to make these games more accessible and interactive without causing them to lose the simple gameplay that has made them so popular in the first place.

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