Online casinos have evolved a lot in a relatively short time frame.
If you take into account that the transition from mechanical slot machines to video slot machines was a time frame of 30 or 40 years, the amount of changes that has taken place with casino gaming in the last ten or fifteen years is quite staggering. Let’s look at some of the changes in recent years in the gaming industry.
- The Game Catalogue
The first thing that online casinos brought to the table was a diverse range of games. Land based, brick and mortar casinos have always been limited by the amount of available floor space. There are only so many slot and table games that can fit into a casinos space and more often than not operators placed more importance on how much money they can make from their customers, rather than providing games that they actually enjoy.
This is also why you will always see an ocean of slot machines at pretty much every brick and mortar casino because slot machines bring in the biggest amount of money for the least amount of floor space.
Online casinos have in theory almost endless amounts of floor space. Online casino games are stored on remote servers that can have their memory expanded to create more virtual floor space.
Now players can get a massive library of games at online casinos. These range from Sic Bo to Baccarat. Baccarat used to be an exclusive game for only VIP clientele. Now any person with an internet connection and some money to gamble with can experience the game in the comfort of their own home.
- Changes In Play Style
How online casino games are played has changed drastically since the 90s. For online casino action you had to go online with your desktop computer. Games were pretty basic and worked with mouse and keyboard controls. Phones could not even take pictures yet, let alone allow you to play a variety of casino games on them.
As with any game, it usually takes a few years for people to play, test and work out the kinks of the games. Virtual casino games in the early days had pretty cumbersome controls and they were very limited graphically. At no point did you forget that you were playing a game on your computer.
Just from a graphical and audio perspective, games have become hyper realistic and engaging in just a few short years. Additionally desktop play is no longer your only haven for home casino action. You can now play on your Smartphone with a touch screen. We have gone from cumbersome controls to almost no controls!
Touch screen interfaces are usually intuitive and easy to use, but of course there is always room for improvement. Developers are always looking for better user interfaces, which is great because there are many different ways to play casino games.
- Web Based Casinos
With improved Internet infrastructure combined with faster processing speed of computers, it has become possible to play casino games directly in your browser. With the original Internet modem speeds of 56k, this would have been a ridiculous notion in the 90s.
Even though flash technology has been around for some time and played a big role in the spread of internet memes via mail, it has today been successfully incorporated into no download casino games.
You can instantly play a variety of games without having to download any specialised software or pay for any services or subscriptions. Simply click on a game and it opens in your browser, running smoothly.
This use of flash technology really drove the popularity of online casinos due to the convenience and choice on offer. You can literally try before you buy, which in any other gaming industry would not result in the success that it has brought online casinos.
- Full Download Casinos
Full download casino gaming is not really a new paradigm as compared to instant play gaming; instead it is basically another side of the same coin. With full download casinos you are not actually downloading all the games to your computer.
You are actually downloading a client that is a special application that allows you to quickly access your casino account either from your computer or from your phone. There are some offline games available but you won’t receive full access to your account unless you are online.
- The Introduction Of eCOGRA
In 2003 the establishment of the eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance Company led to approved testing and standardisation of the online gaming industry.
This company seal is applied to sites that engage in fair business practices, markets responsibly and combats fraud.
Their introduction to the online gaming scene has increased customer trust and enjoyment due to safer gaming environments.