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Games and gaming are phenomena’s which are constantly evolving. Human’s understanding of technology directly coincides with the advancement of gaming. Thus, gaming becomes more realistic each passing day. Advancements in technology initiate advancements in gaming and games. We are now witness to an age where anything and everything is able to done with the use of a computer. Shopping, banking, booking vacations, searching for pets, talking to family and friends – all of these things can be done from sitting in front of a computer screen. We are well into the digital age.  We could discuss the positive and negative effects of the digital age until we are blue in the face.  But the influence that technology has had and continues to have on gaming is only positive – for both the games industry and its customers.

Without further ado, here are five different ways that gaming has evolved for the better since the turn of the millennium.

  1. Virtual Reality (VR)

Although VR has been around in some sort of form for over 30 years now, it was not until the mid-2010’s that VR was given a widespread release. During this time, VR headsets became the must-buy products for anyone wanting to use VR technology. VR has progressed gaming to a whole new level. VR transports the user into a different reality. With a 360-degree view of nothing but the virtual world that they been transported into, the user feels that they are actual in the game that they’re playing. Although VR and gaming is still at a very early stage of development, game companies such as Mojang have already begun ensuring that their games are compatible with VR, their popular children’s video game Minecraft has been playable on VR headsets since 2016. VR has also enabled the advancement of other industries.

Films produced for VR permit the audience to view a 360-degree environment in every scene. Film production companies have begun to utilize VR cameras to produce films. Sports broadcasters have also laid out plans for live sporting events to be viewed with VR technology.

  1. Online Lottery

Not dissimilar to forms of casino games, the ‘lottery’ has been a staple of many countries for decades’ now. As most of you will probably know, a lottery is a form of legalized government gambling. The first recorded lotteries have been dated as far back as 1445 where, in the Netherlands, a total prize fund of 1737 florins was available to be won (worth about $180,000 in today’s money.) In recent times, wannabe lottery winners would visit a local seller of lottery tickets – a corner shop or a petrol station for example – choose their numbers and then pay for the ticket. These days, however, the advancements in technology have meant that lottery tickets can be bought online without leaving your home, in addition to this, those feeling lucky enough can choose to enter lottery draws from all over the world.  Online sites such as CompareLotto.com offer audiences the unique opportunity to attempt to win multiple lottery jackpots across the world from Australia and the USA to Finland and Spain. Of course, in any lottery the odds are against you, but the more tickets you buy the more likely you are to win. But it goes to show how even simple gambling games have evolved in the past 10-30 years.

  1. The online gaming universe

The internet is a remarkable invention (obviously) but without the internet, the video games market would not be what it is today. Thanks to the invention of the internet, gamers no longer have to all meet up at the same place in order to play split screen multiplayer games. Now, a man in Russia can play a game with a man in France, each from the comfort of their own home. This evolution in online game really began to pick up traction in the early/mid 2000s. These days there are over 700 million people playing games online which amounts to 44% of the world’s population –  a staggering statistic.

  1. Steam – Digital Distribution Platform

Steam, a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation has gaming on the PC. Steam is the online gaming equivalent of a store that sells everything. Steam offers its customers the opportunity to buy any number of games from their huge selection, it offers online multiplayer gameplay, video streaming and social networking services. If you are a PC gamer, Steam is the only friend that you need. Whereas in the past, in order to buy a game, you had to physically in some way retrieve a physical disk in order to play, Steam, and various other retailers allow the user to download whatever game they want and play it straight away. The games are then saved into your account and ‘steam library’ so that you can play them on whatever computer or in whatever country you want so long as you can login to your Steam account. Digital distribution platforms have meant that anyone wanting to play a pc game needs only to turn on their computer, pay for it and download it. No more leaving the house.

  1. Live online casinos

The internet has been massive for all casinos all over the world. Casinos, of course, are not for everyone. The old saying ‘the house always wins’ is very apt, if casinos were not profitable, they wouldn’t exist. But thanks to films like James Bond, for a lot of people casinos are sophisticated, exciting and a place to potentially win thousands and thousands of pounds. But the advancement in the online world has meant that people are able to bring the casinos directly to their living room. Don’t think that because it’s an online casino that they only accept small stakes – players can bet tens of thousands of dollars on the flip of a digital card. Casino games can be found all over the online universe and whether this is a good thing or not, it is another instance of games evolving to match the times that they are living in.