The Second Coming of Immersive Sim Games

At one point in time, one video game genre ruled them all: immersive sims. 

These games would have been trending on Twitch and YouTube if those platforms had existed back then. You’d have found dozens of guides, tutorials, and walkthroughs. But in the 1990s and early 2000s, the success of a game ebbed and flowed based on word-of-mouth alone.

Still, immersive sim games became a source of inspiration for players and future game designers. Games like Ultima Underworld, Thief, System Shock, and Deus Ex changed how players, developers, and even critics thought about video games. Game publishers threw money (and total creative freedom) at the likes of Warren Spector and Ken Levine, hoping to capitalize on their success in the same way Hollywood celebrates auteur directors. 

But then, in the mid 2000s, the immersive sim genre just kind of…fell by the wayside.

The games listed above all questioned and pushed the limits of what a video game could be. But while they received near-perfect praise from critics, they never quite became blockbuster hits with a huge audience. And as publishers shifted to chase revenue rather than recognition, immersive sims became a noteworthy but unsustainable genre.

At least, until their recent (and somewhat surprising) resurgence.

Defining The Immersive Sim Genre

Before diving into the resurgence of the immersive sim, it’s important to at least cover the basics of what this genre is and why it became so important for players and game designers alike.

The core idea behind an immersive sim is a game that captures the magic of a tabletop RPG where player agency drives the story and changes the experience.

If you’ve played games from Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Prey, Deathloop) or IO Interactive’s Hitman trilogy, you’ve got an idea of how immersive sims play. They worry less about a gripping linear narrative or a steady ability progression. Instead, the focus is on giving the player a set of tools and letting them handle missions and objectives in any way they see fit.

Most games provide a highly polished and guided combat encounter or “main story” level, presented in a cinematic way. Think about the jaw-dropping details in Uncharted 4 or The Last of Us Part II — these are incredible experiences from master storytellers.

Now, think about Prey or Hitman. The experience is less about a preset path and more about you, the player, discovering your own path. These are part of the DNA of roleplaying games, and immersive sims take those principles and pack them into an adventure game (rather than relying on random dice rolls and a list of skills to determine how likely you are to succeed/fail).

Imagine you find a locked building. Do you pick the locks to get in? Climb to a window or hole in the roof? Steal a guard’s uniform/badge to gain access? Or — in truest immersive sim fashion — do you skip the level entirely, forging a different path for your character?

This concept of player choice is the central pillar of immersive sim design. After all, this concept of “pairing old design philosophies with modern ideas” is what led to masterpieces like Breath of the Wild, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Elden Ring.

The Risks And Rewards Of Player Choice

It’s safe to say that the 2010s were the decade of open world games. Some game publishers fine-tuned the genre into a formula they could copy and paste into new titles and churn out huge, 100-hour epics that players could get lost in for weeks, months, or even years.

But eventually, those huge world maps got bogged down with hundreds of icons. Suddenly the question wasn’t “How can we make the world bigger?” or “How can we add more stuff?” Instead, it became, “How can we encourage players to discover their own story?”

Emergent narrative is at the heart of these games — it’s the idea of an event or interaction in a game that means different things to different players. Think about the “Nemesis System” in Shadow of Mordor or Shadow of War, where the main story took a backseat to the personalized experience of each player.

So when developers started looking for new ways to incentivize player choice and engagement, attention turned back to a niche sub-genre that had influenced a generation of game designers. After all, hadn’t immersive sims discovered the solution 20 years ago, long before anyone was even asking that kind of question?

The biggest game of 2022 so far has been Elden Ring, which sets a new standard for open world design and emergent narrative by allowing players to explore, fight, and solve puzzles at their own pace and (for the most part) in their own order. Elden Ring’s DNA is really just the most recent example of a modern game that uses old ideas to revitalize the industry.

Now, as most big publishers are asking what they can do to create their own Elden Ring, the answer seems obvious: It’s all about the careful balancing act between the risks and rewards of building games around player choice.

And, in doing so, it’s only building more credibility behind the idea that immersive sims aren’t just making a comeback — they’ve been inspiring the best new games all along.


Drew Gula is the copywriter at Soundstripe, a company providing content creators with royalty free music for Instagram and lofi hip hop music. He’s also a lifelong gamer (and immersive sim enthusiast) that is excited to see how open world games will continue to evolve.

How Uncharted Succeeds Where Other Video Games Fail

Not as commercially successful as other video games, such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto, the Uncharted series has something else – critical acclaim. Regardless of which franchise you love, it’s impossible to ignore the excellent character development and gameplay within Uncharted. This allows it to succeed where others fail, like in the ways outlined below.  

A Video-Game-cum-Film  

The Uncharted franchise is exclusive to PlayStation. It’s a video game in the same mould that hundreds of others are, except there’s a twist. The Uncharted franchise is movie-esque in the way it presents itself to players. If you’ve ever played Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, you’ll understand what this means because the limited dialogue is interspersed with cut scenes where the intrepid explorer is confronted with various situations that he must inevitably calculate in seconds to save the day.  

Next, there are the graphics. What Uncharted’s designers understand is the art of using subtlety to powerful effect. It’s plain to see in dimly lit castles on the verge of a hill, the collection of scummy water as the ocean’s waves lap across the rocks, and the vividness of the colours on the savannah. This makes it like well-received films where the flash and bang of pyrotechnics are replaced with prolonged periods of silence or a simple stare.  

The thing about Uncharted video games is that they are pieces of art that gamers want to experience. It doesn’t matter that the dialogue is to a minimum and there are only 27 hours of storyline, an amount most passionate users will complete in less than a day. Since it takes inspiration from filmmakers instead of game developers, the franchise has a depth that constantly progresses from one release to the next. Others might emulate and go past it in the future, yet the reputation of Uncharted 4 as PlayStation’s greatest ever game by the likes of CBR makes it highly unlikely.  

Inspiring Quality Adaptations  

When a game is so successful, it’s bound to garner attention. As a result, there will be people trying to push the boundaries to enhance their legacy and cash in on the commerciality. Uncharted is no different from its peers in this sense, yet where it stands out is in the quality of the adaptations that it inspires, beginning with the upcoming movie release. Starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, the Uncharted film will finally come to life almost a decade after it was first announced. This might scare you away, and rightly so, since not too many releases hit the right tones after years of squabbling and tweaks.  

Of course, the fact the game series is reminiscent of movies means it’s readymade to be adapted into a charming, original take on a lesser-known part of Nathan Drake’s life. People who have watched the trailer get these vibes, particularly as Holland appears perfectly cast for the role. A picture-perfect adaptation is on the cards, something the likes of Max Payne and Assassin’s Creed failed to do. Hollywood isn’t the only medium where Uncharted stands out. The video game has permeated into the world of iGaming through online casino games such as its namesake, 1429 Uncharted Seas. That’s without the Rich Wilde series that takes inspiration from the likes of Nathan Drake.   

The role of slots shouldn’t be underestimated in an era where mobile gaming and online casinos are more popular than ever as the industries have connected to utilise 4G and 5G networks and HTML5 software, leading to a rise in the sectors generated revenues of around £1 billion. Thanks to the newfound wealth, online slots operators offer generous bonuses and promotions to encourage customers to register, which doubles down on the effect. That’s not all as strategies and tips are available, too, as well as reviews of the best operators with the top libraries. I find all that on CasinoSmash, and you can too by exploring the website’s guides on your required subject, which is where you’ll find useful information on everything online casino-related. Via guides like these, Uncharted builds awareness of its franchise and enhances its reputation because millions of people not only play them but love the quality on offer. For instance, 1429 Uncharted Seas ranks at number nine on CasinoSmash’s 41 top online games for this month.  

When you look at Uncharted’s success across the board, few video games can compare. As long as the movie goes well, it will be up there with Tomb Raider in terms of video games that transcended their genres. 

Classic Star Wars Games Coming Back To Stores

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11, 2021: Aspyr Media is bringing back some fan-favorite, classic Star Wars™ games to stores near you later this year. Two exciting bundles will be available on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™. The first bundle, Star Wars™ Jedi Knight Collection, marks the return of Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy™. The second one, Star Wars™ Racer and Commando Combo, is a perfect fit for all prequel fans and includes Star Wars™ Republic Commando and Star Wars™ Episode I: Racer.

Each bundle will be available in North America and Europe for PlayStation®4 on October 26, as well as for Nintendo Switch™ on November 16. Pre-order today at a store not far, far away from you. The SRP for each bundle is $29.99 / €29.99 / £25.99.

About the Star Wars™ Jedi Knight Collection

Get two classic Star Wars™ games with the Star Wars™ Jedi Knight Collection, which includes Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

Meet iconic Star Wars™ characters such as Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, where you play as the Jedi Kyle Katarn, employing a unique mix of weapons, Force™ powers and your lightsaber™ in single-player first- and third-person action. Follow an ancient tradition and learn the powers – and dangers – of the Force™ in Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, a single- and multiplayer action combat game.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast:

A Jedi outcast struggles with his past, his enemies, and his destiny. Kyle Katarn’s classic adventure lands on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4! Experience the legendary single-player epic with modernized controls.

  • As Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic, use your lightsaber and the full power of the Force to combat a new evil plaguing the galaxy.
  • Choose wisely from an arsenal of 13 weapons, including the disruptor rifle, thermal detonators, trip mines, and Wookiee bowcaster.
  • Test your skills in 24 single-player missions, four epic boss fights, and one unforgettable cantina.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy:

Forge your weapon and follow the path of the Jedi. The online multiplayer classic comes to Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 with modernized controls. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

  • Play with up to 16 online players in six online multiplayer modes, including Siege, Capture the Flag, and Free for All.
  • Customize your character by defining both look and gender before entering the Academy to learn the power and dangers of the Force.
  • Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade. As you progress, discover the power of wielding two lightsabers or the ultimate double-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul.
  • Interact with famous Star Wars™ characters in many classic Star Wars™ locations as you face the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom on the light side, or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.

About the Star Wars™ Racer and Commando Combo

Get two classic Star Wars™ games with the Star Wars™ Racer and Commando Combo, which includes Star Wars™: Episode I Racer and Star Wars™ Republic Commando.

Climb on, strap in, and experience the pure adrenaline-pumping excitement of the Podracing sequence from Star Wars™: Episode I The Phantom Menace in Star Wars™: Episode I Racer. In Star Wars™ Republic Commando, you are the leader of your elite squad of Republic Commandos. Your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately, annihilate the enemy.

Star Wars Episode I Racer:

The fan-favorite racer is back! Two engines. One champion. No limits. Take control of a podracer speeding through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line.

  • Choose from 25 playable racers including: Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell.
  • Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including: Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare.
  • Work with Pit Droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration.
  • Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times.

Star Wars Republic Commando:

The squad is your weapon. Boss, Fixer, Scorch, and Sev, better known as Delta Squad, are back on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4! Relive the legendary campaign.

  • Welcome to the Clone Wars: Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately annihilate the enemy.
  • Battle Relentless Enemies: Battle a variety of highly intelligent and deadly enemies—from brutal Trandoshan mercenaries to the flying insectoid warriors of Geonosis.
  • The Squad Is Your Weapon: Your squad will follow your orders, performing complex commands and strategic maneuvers. You are their leader. They are your weapon.

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Top 10 Esports Games of 2021 by Total Winnings

The esports space saw a colossal withdrawal in prize cash in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic, stopping the eye-popping handbag numbers that were beginning to get standard consideration.

After an almost 30% leap from 2018 to 2019 that left last year’s prize cash added up to at $211M USD, this year came in at a generally irrelevant $65.5M. That is a drop of about 69% in one year.

The discouraged payouts will probably proceed in 2021 on the grounds that the world isn’t relied upon to have returned to a feeling of business as usual till the center piece of the year, dispossessing numerous occasions that might have occurred in Q1 and Q2.

No. 1 – Android Casino: $9.6M

The approach of cell phones and cell phones has made internet gaming simpler and more advantageous for top android casinos. We currently have all our number one club games accessible readily available. No doubt, the Android OS overwhelms the worldwide cell phone market. Thus, there are more Android gamers on the planet presently. What’s more, this makes the Android gambling club market exceptionally huge and invigorating.

In case you’re an Android client searching for portable club to play with your gadget, you are on the right page. On this page, we have made a nitty gritty aide on the best gambling club online android destinations and applications. You will likewise find the accessible android club games and different advantages you can appreciate by playing with your gadget. There are an assortment of android club destinations and applications to play at. A considerable lot of them offer astounding gaming administrations and energizing promotions. We have made a rundown of the best accessible ones underneath.

No. 2 – Dota 2: $8.87M

With the pandemic constraining the deferral of the current year’s The International, Dota 2 saw a gigantic drop-off from last year true to form. Subsequent to giving out a huge take last year that almost arrived at $50M, this year came in at a generally insignificant $8.87M.

2021 uncovered exactly how dependent Dota’s esports importance is without that record-breaking TI prize pool every year. Without critical local area pressing factor and outsider coordinators moving forward, Dota would have fallen a lot further down the rundown.

The central issue confronting this title in 2021 is what will befall that over-enormous title handbag. Valve actually raised more than $40M for the 2020 TI prior to delaying to August 2021 and has not expressed what will occur with that cash. There could be a situation where that cash gets moved into the following year’s crowdfunding exertion and we see a solitary occasion prize pool outperform $80M.

No. 3 – League of Legends: $8.00M

The world’s most famous esport by viewership measurements had the option to a great extent persist through the pandemic – though through generally online-just matches – and League of Legends in this manner hopped from No. 6 last year to the third opening this year since it didn’t see a significant drop-off in prize cash. Subsequent to paying out $9M last year, League just saw a slight drop to $8M this year.

Group of Legends is one of a handful of the esports where, notwithstanding the huge sums disseminated, prize cash by and large takes a secondary lounge to the renown of contest. Gone are the times of the main prize granted at an occasion being the curiosity goliath check worth thousands. All things being equal, the exceptionally desired Summoner’s Cup prize becomes the overwhelming focus at the World Championship while its beneficiaries unobtrusively rake in more than $100K each after the confetti has completed the process of falling.

No. 4 – Fortnite: $7.87M

Epic Games’ well known fight royale title dropped from last year’s top space to No. 4 this year in enormous part since it had no Fortnite World Cup in 2020 because of the pandemic. The occasion in 2019 acquired, indeed, epic media consideration subsequent to giving $3 million to then 16-year-old champ Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf.

Yet, Epic has consistently had what’s apparent in the business to be a finnicky relationship with esports, and presently the organization is proceeding to ease off of its already overwhelming position. Epic has effectively reported there will be no disconnected competitions for Fortnite in 2021, which means no World Cup indeed. While the distributer has the assets to support Fortnite back to the top anytime, without a critical reinvestment in 2022 the game is probably going to keep tumbling out for the count of esports pertinence.

No. 5 – Call of Duty: $6.27M

With the presentation of the recently geo-found and diversified Call of Duty League in 2021, the game generally stood its ground in the current year’s positioning when contrasted with last, with a leap of three openings and just a slight downtick in prize payout. Not at all like the Overwatch League, the Call of Duty League submitted from the beginning to holding a competition style structure like its pre-establishment model.

This implied that every seven day stretch of contest expected to pay out its own prize pool notwithstanding the $4.6M Activision Blizzard given out for the debut CDL title. In another break from the OWL, Activision Blizzard additionally dedicated critical assets to an open semi-genius biological system for Call of Duty to run corresponding to the CDL. The biggest of these competitions paid out $250K.

No. 6 – Rainbow Six Siege: $5.02M

Rainbow Six Siege was one of only a handful of exceptional titles to pay out more in the pandemic-tormented year than it did last year, with $5.02M in 2020 versus $4.1M in 2019. This was to a great extent because of the game’s big showdown, the Six Invitational, being held toward the beginning of February before most of the world’s COVID lockdown. That occasion alone paid out $3M, up from $2M in the earlier year.

Rainbow Six was one of the solitary games in all of 2021 to have its greatest competition face to face, and hence partook in the consequences of its proceeded with year over year development more than most titles.

No. 7 – Overwatch: $4.36M

The Overwatch League needed to move to online-just play this year because of the pandemic, obliterating its host group model goals that should take off in full power this year. The game actually had a strong prize payout, yet the cash was not exactly 50% of last year’s take, which came in at $9.59M, and it has dropped from the position of No. 5 last year therefore.

While Activision Blizzard disseminated a comparative amount of more than $3M for its season-finishing competition, the vital shift to online play affected the games stage-based rivalry cycle, lessening the quantity of alliance wide contests which had recently finished in enormous payouts themselves.

No. 8 – PUBG: $4M

Some time ago PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS could possibly turn into a forerunner in the esports space. Notwithstanding, after numerous restructurings of its esports foundation and the flight of a few conspicuous esports groups from the space, the game seems to have subsided into a lower rung. 2021 was expected to be another chance for PUBG to zero in on global contest, yet the COVID-19 pandemic messed up that arrangement before it could make headway.

The game just paid out about a third in 2021 from what it did in 2019, dropping in the rankings four openings year over year from No. 4 out of 2019.

No. 9 – Hearthstone: $3.73M

Activision Blizzard’s computerized collectible game makes it onto the current year’s rundown following a prominent nonattendance last year. Hearthstone, which came in at $3.73M, is the lone game in the advanced collectible card classification to make it onto the rundown, however it has new contest to keep an eye out for from Riot Games’ Legends of Runeterra.

While Activision Blizzard keeps on centering the vast majority of its energy and assets on its diversified alliances, Riot Games is consistently and fastidiously increase esports interest in its fresher titles, including LoR. That combined with the ascent of other rivalry like Magic Arena (which made the rundown last year) implies that Hearthstone’s status as the undisputed lord of games is presently more being referred to than any time in recent memory.

No. 10 – Rocket League: $2.63M

Recently onto the rundown this year is Psyonix Studios title Rocket League, which given out $2.63M in prize cash throughout the year through its Rocket League Championship Series. The vehicle soccer match, which paid out $3.040M in prize cash last year, is viewed as a title with great development potential.

Psyonix submitted $4.5M to the latest RLCS season, which will close in 2021. With more prize cash than any time in recent memory streaming into a redid, open environment, Rocket League is ready to ascend the rankings one year from now.

The secret of the popularity of themed online games

Entertainment has always been an important part of leading a balanced, fulfilling life. These days, it seems as though more people than ever before are turning toward themed online games when they have free time. Why is this? We talked to expert John Smith to find out.

According to him, there are a handful of reasons why online games, such as virtual slot machines, have become so popular. The rise of online casino canada is certainly a factor. Keep reading to find out more.

 Free versions and paid play

Each of the contributing factors we discuss here hold equal weight in the success of themed online games. However, the cost of entertainment is usually front and center of most people’s minds. It’s for good reasons considering that everything carries a price.

Most everything, anyway – but not necessarily online games. Virtual slot machines, for example, can exist in both paid and free versions. The paid versions give you the chance to win real money that can be withdrawn and spent.

Free versions are more accessible though. If you’ve spent your gambling budget already or simply wish to play for free, you can continue your entertainment. Most online games have free or demo versions available for endless play.

 Quick-hitting fun

How much uninterrupted free time do you have on your hands? We’re willing to bet that there’s not nearly as much as you’d like. The truth is we live in a “go, go, go!” society. Whether you work full time, go to school, or raise kids, there’s always something else to do.

This is why more people are branching out from TV shows and movies. While they’re also enjoyable, not everyone can carve out one or two hours at a time to thoroughly enjoy themselves. You can pause, but it’s easy to lose track of where you are.

On the other hand, online games are purposefully simple and quick. You can get started playing slots almost immediately – just a quick look over the rules will do. Unlike console games, there isn’t a steep learning curve.

You also don’t have to commit nearly as much time at once. If you want to play a hand of poker or a game of blackjack, you just need a few minutes. On your lunch break, stuck in traffic, waiting for a phone call – entertainment is easy and quick.

 Endless themes available

Another big reason for the success of online games is the wide range of themes available. When it comes to online slots, there are literally thousands upon thousands of games out there. There’s guaranteed to be games available that suit your interests.

For example, say you’re really passionate about cooking or trying different foods. The number of food-themed slots available goes well into the upper hundreds. You can find themed games whether you’re interested in football, magic, gardening, or anything else.

 Trustworthy gaming sites

While there’s certainly room to praise software developers and providers for creating games, they’re not the only ones to thank. The popularity of themed online games wouldn’t be so high if it weren’t for trustworthy sites. Virtual casinos and similar platforms are booming.

This is coupled with a lot of helpful regulation. For example, the majority of countries require their citizens to gamble at licensed sites. This makes sure that everyone who is gaming can count on security and privacy.

There are also other avenues to developing trust and security. A lot of platforms support responsible gambling and link their members to helpful gambling addiction resources. There are also independent agencies evaluating sites for fair odds. This is particularly important for games who play with real money.

 Building on legacies

We’ve already mentioned the wide variety of themes just waiting to be discovered. Of course, it’s not just general themes like history or fantasy waiting to be played. In fact, many players turn to online games to extend their appreciation of franchises and legacies.

For example, there is an astounding number of slots related to popular movie series. A longstanding franchise that comes to mind is that of Rocky Balboa. Fans of Sylvester Stallone can log onto gaming sites and play the Rocky slot to continue their enjoyment.

Of course, this also lets you participate in your favorite worlds. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) began as a comic book series, which has since transitioned to TV shows and Movies. If you don’t want to sit down and re-watch those movies, you can play any of the dozens of MCU games available. Battle alongside Iron Man, Loki, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, and more.

 Access them wherever you are

Finally, it’s important to recognize the accessibility of playing themed online games. We mean this in a couple of different ways. First, we can think back to the ability to play for free or for money. You have to buy console games, streaming services, movie tickets, and cable – but this isn’t the case for themed online games.

If you’re short on money or short on time, that doesn’t exclude you from enjoyable rest times. More people are likely to have a smartphone or computer than they are to subscribe to various game and movie services. This brings us to our next point: mobile access.

At this point in time, many online gaming sites are realizing just how important mobile access is. There’s a high demand from consumers for mobile-compatible games that can be played from anywhere. Developers are responding in earnest. This has led to a boon of themed games that can be played wherever.

And when we say wherever, we mean it. Themed online games have a worldwide fanbase. The popularity of slots isn’t limited to one country or even one continent. It’s become a universal form of entertainment that’s at the tips of everyone’s fingertips.

 Fun that’s here to stay

There’s no doubt that themed online games continue to soar in popularity, and that trend won’t peter out anytime soon. The truth is that everyone is looking for a chance to turn off their overworked brains and just kick back. Nothing accommodates this the way that online games do.

They’re easy to learn, highly accessible, mobile-compatible, suit anyone’s taste, and come in free and paid versions. This can’t be said of any other type of game or entertainment. Not only is this a unique medium for fun, but it already leads the pack. Even as other forms of entertainment strive to catch up, they’re already years behind this incredible curve.

Which Casino Games Will Turn a Profit?

Winning At The Casino

As fun as casino games are, let’s not kid ourselves that the reason we’re playing isn’t to get a slice of the good-life pie, a ticket on the gravy train … you get our drift. But the phrase “the house always wins” wasn’t some bad marketing ploy. The business of casino is just that, a business. And if your business wasn’t successfully making a profit, you wouldn’t be sticking around for long.

But there certainly are steps you can take to shift those odds as much in your favor as possible. Whether you choose to play in the comfort of your own home and need to find an Interac casino Canada players are winning from, or are planning a future trip to Las Vegas, it pays to know which games have the best odds.

House Edge

This is the casino term for what they are going to make, on average, out of each game. Their profit. Sticking to games that have the lowest house edge will maximise your winnings. When you’re playing on online casino slots, you may have noticed a phrase called RTP; return-to-player. This is the opposite of house edge and is how much of your bet you are expected to receive in return for playing. It’s important not to mix the two up!

These are casino games with the lowest house edge, or highest RTP, and they should be your target:

Blackjack

Whether on the casino floor or using a RNG online, the house edge of only around 5% is perfect. But the reason the casinos still operate such a game is because one small slip and your profit is gone. With blackjack, you need to stay incredibly focused and you need to play with a sure fire strategy.

Forget counting cards. Smarter people than us have created blackjack strategies that will tell you when to hit and when to stay, which will increase your odds to the highest. You can easily find these strategies online. Find one, learn it inside out, and more importantly, stick to it no matter what. If you do, that house edge will drop to under 1%, but you must be dedicated.

Video Pokers

Again, this is a game where there is some skill involved, so you will need to know about poker terms and their hand ranking. But because so many players lack the knowledge and don’t pay attention, you can have the house edge drop to 3%.

Craps

For such a fun and exciting game, who knew you could walk away with some profit. The key to winning at craps is, again, to not get distracted by all that noise and complication. It’s a very social game and always attracts players who love a drink. That’s why you want to keep your head and avoid the complicated bets. Sticking to the “don’t pass” line will have you betting against the roller and with a house edge of just 1.36%. But when you win, most people will lose, so you won’t be making many friends.

Baccarat

Most people avoid it as there is generally a high table limit that scares people away. But suck it up and stick to betting solely on the banker, every time, whether the player is on a roll or not. The banker bet will see the house edge drop to 1.06%. Although you may not be having as much fun as some players, it’s the best game for anyone who hasn’t had the time to study all the intricacies that some games have.

Conclusion

If you are serious about looking to turn a profit whilst gaming, stick to the games that have some level of skill attached. Then learn that skill. Practice, practice, practice, until it becomes second nature. Because this is the way that you are going to get the odds in your favor and come out of it all with some coin in your pocket. Casinos make money, a lot of it, and they do so by distracting players to remove the skill from the games. Those loud noises, the bright lights and free drinks for players are all there to ruin your focus. Stay the course, use your skills and don’t fall for their distracti

What should you do before switching to a new games console in the coming weeks?

To say that it is an exciting time for gamers right now is an understatement. With both the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 ready to drop soon, all gaming fans are getting revved up. Each machine boasts more power, better graphics and better features than before – this sees them set to make a real splash. However, if you are planning to make the switch to one of these new consoles over the coming weeks, you should first think about what you need to do beforehand.

Of course, for some, this could be trying out online gambling Florida wide or enjoying fun casino games in other states while they wait. Just remember to check out the BonusSeeker site first to find the most reputable sites to game at with the best bonuses. As well as playing online games, you could pass the time waiting to enjoy your new console with music, sports, exercise or movies. While this is fine, there are actually some key tasks related to gaming and your old console to sort out.

What are they?

Enjoy the last few weeks with your current console

However long you have had your current machine, why not spend the last few weeks before you switch saying farewell in style? For some users, this could actually be quite a big thing, as they may have had their current console for many years. Even someone who purchased a PS4 when it came out in 2013, for example, will have spent seven glorious years gaming on it.

The Xbox 360 launched in 2005, and if you still game on an older machine like this, you could have been playing on it for even more years! With this in mind, take some time to go through your favorite games on it and relive some of those memories you spent years building up. This will leave you ready to move on when the new console arrives.

Clear your diary

If you are planning on picking up an Xbox Series X or PS5 (or both!), then you will naturally want to have plenty of time gaming on it. You cannot do this if you have a lot going on in your life in the weeks after you have brought it home.

A sensible thing, therefore, is to clear your diary, tell your friends that you will not be out for a while, and unplug the phone. This will mean that you get to enjoy your new console fully and in peace. Of course, if you want to arrange an online gaming session with friends on the new machine, then that is entirely acceptable!

Think about making your old console safe

Whether you plan to simply put your old console in the loft, sell it, or trade it in for the new one, you must make it safe. Modern consoles contain a lot of sensitive, personal data. You do not want to leave it on there for other people to steal. Most consoles now will make formatting the hard drive and wiping off your personal details pretty easy.

The PS4, for example, lets you delete any data stored via the Initialization option in System Settings. Once you’re in this, you just select Restore Default Settings to make it safe. If you own a different console, then a quick search online will throw up how to go about it.

Consider sorting out your storage and saves

One key thing is making sure that any old saved games make it over to your new console. You do not want to lose any saved progress that you have spent many hours, if not years, building up when you make the switch. Luckily, this is also pretty simple for most consoles now. If we stick to the PS4 as an example, it is wise to check that Online Storage is where saves go. This means that they are then easily accessible if you upgrade to a PS5.

It is also worth making sure that you have gone through what is stored on your old console if you plan to transfer the data over to your new machine. In simple terms, the more data you transfer, the longer it will take. It is worth clearing out any screenshots your console has taken over its lifespan that are not really needed.

Getting ready for your new console is key

There is currently much speculation about what to expect from the latest Xbox and PlayStation. This level of excitement means that you might be eager to get playing as soon as you buy one. Making the switch to a new machine is best done with some planning in place though. This will ensure that you are fully ready to make the move and that the whole process does not take too long.

Famous Stage Plays That Embrace Games

Back in the days of Shakespeare, theatre was one of the most widely accepted and talked about means of spreading cultural capital and ideas, with the working man or woman able to find out more about how their rulers ticked on the stage than perhaps anywhere else.

These days, theatres have become places where rich people like to hold business meetings during the interval and where a miniature tub of ice cream costs more than a three course dinner, although there are some shows which still try to keep things fun and entertaining.

Fortunately, there are plays that manage to buck the trend and include aspects that will still appeal to the masses rather than only the well-heeled few. One of these is games, whose application in a stage play can vary from symbolism all the way through to bringing about a plot twist.

Here are some of the world’s most famous stage plays that featured or were based around popular games.

All of these plays managed to weave game dynamics into a piece of compelling drama

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Tom Stoppard

This Stoppard masterpiece is one of the great stage plays of the 20th century and is still revered to this day by theatre goers and critics alike. 

Classic games are used in the play in order to toy with the question of whether the fate of people, and the world they live in, is predetermined, ruled by chaos, or if there is a half-way house that means things can be predicted through probabilities and equations. 

This makes for a gripping and challenging play which is actually a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The message being conveyed to onlookers can be construed in many ways, but the main one seems to be that as much as peoples’ live are defined by determinism, it is man’s innate desire to compete and throw caution to the wind that throws up life’s chaotic nature. This point is poignantly put across by Stoppard in a scene where two characters ponder the sort of calculations and probabilities that modern day blackjack and craps players face every time they are dealt a hand. 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead still regularly plays at some of the top theatres around the US and, indeed, the world.

Sit back and enjoy the show

A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

Card games are at the very heart of this American stage play classic, which was set in the bustling city of New Orleans.

As was the case in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the games in this play are largely symbolic, often revealing the motivations and personalities of characters rather than being pivotal to the plot or story arcs.

The game that the two protagonists Stanley and Blanche tend to play is poker, with a game being played in one of the play’s very first acts as well as in one of the final acts.

One of the best runs of the play took place at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 1988, with big names like Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange and a budding James Gandolfini of Sopranos fame lighting up the boards.

Modern Immersive Theatre Plays Borrow Video Game Conventions

While the two plays above are classics which very clearly used games to get their intended messages across to the audience, there are now contemporary theatre plays which are borrowing other aspects of gaming culture to not only enhance their stories but also the way in which their plays are viewed and interacted with as a whole.

Immersive theatre has been a booming trend in recent years and has altered the role of the audience member, turning them from an inert observer into an active and intrinsic part of the play itself.

The Drowned Man, a play set in Hollywood but which ran at London’s Temple Studios, was a perfect case in point, pretty much turning audience members into active parts of the story they were watching, as if they were themselves an avatar in a video game.

There is no doubt that, as gaming culture proliferates, audience members will become less willing to sit back and be passive observers.

Great Games to Play This Winter

The nights are drawing in and the mercury is dropping as we hurtle rapidly towards the holiday period. This means we’re putting away the garden furniture, hanging up our summer clothes, and turning on the heating in our homes.

As we move indoors for several months, many of us will be turning to games as a form of entertainment. If you’re one of those people, and you’re looking for something new to play this winter, then look no further than these.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Despite being more than seven years old, Grand Theft Auto V remains in the top-ten best selling video games list. This is thanks to the constantly-evolving world of Grand Theft Auto Online, with Rockstar Games regularly adding new missions and features.

GTA Online is available to anyone who owns a copy of Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox, PlayStation or PC. It’s free-to-play, though you can buy additional in-game cash to use on buying weapons and other items.

With GTA Online, you can do just about anything from car parkour to open-wheel racing, and from bank heists to playing card games in the Diamond Resort Casino. The possibilities really are endless.  

Poker

Poker is one of the most popular card games played today. It’s a great game to enjoy with loved ones over the holiday period, no matter whether you’re a seasoned player or complete beginner.

The basic poker rules are easy to pick up, so you can be up and running in minutes, and because you only need a deck of cards, that’s no fiddly setting up like with other board games.

Alternatively, you could always play online via your computer or smartphone. That doesn’t mean you can’t play with your friends though. Many online poker sites now also give you the ability to set up your own poker room and invite people to it.

Minecraft

Minecraft has beaten GTA V to the top spot in the list of best selling video games of all time. The nine-year-old game has been released on practically every platform ever in the last decade and offers a blank canvas for players to release their creativity.

In Minecraft, you have the freedom to build just about anything you can think of and the game even includes its own programming language to help you make your creations interactive.

There’s also an AR mobile version of Minecraft that lets you bring your creations into the real world by using your phone’s camera.

Monopoly

Monopoly is a board game that has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world for the best part of a century. It’s a classic that’s often played during the holiday period, though it has been known to be the cause of the occasional tantrum and argument.

If you enjoy this property trading board game, then you have hundreds of different options, with many regional and special editions of the game being released in the last few decades.

There’s now also an official mobile app that you can buy to play on your own or with others, without the need to set up and tidy up the board. It has two multiplayer modes. One that lets you compete against people over the internet and another where you can pass your device around, with each person taking their turn on the same device.

These games should keep you going through the winter months!

Most Popular Casino Games in Japan

Japan has accepted online casino gaming, and it has been growing in the last few years. The truth is that the market has been growing since then, and this has given room for an increase in the number of sites that offer Japanese friendly gambling services.

While the online gambling laws in the country have remained strict, it does not prevent the fans of online gambling in casinos from enjoying the fun they crave. There are many online casinos that do not fall within the Japanese government’s jurisdiction, which gambling lovers in the country can enjoy games on, because these platforms have successfully found ways of working around the betting regulations in the country to find favourable grounds. The online casino guide 6takarakuji have reviewed all the popular casino games in Japan.

Haven said that it is also good to inform you that it is easy to play games in the regulated and licensed offshore online casino platforms that accept Japanese players without hesitation. This makes it possible for online casino players in japan to have the chance to play and enjoy fun without any qualms about going against the law of the land.

The Most Popular Casinos Games in Japan

One great thing about online casinos is that through them, players get the chance to enjoy the games that they cherish with a single click of the mouse. These sites offer both worldwide favourites and Japanese favourites at the same time, so you are covered if you are here to enjoy online casinos that are Japanese friendly, and with a huge number of games on offer. All you need is to get to casino rank, and you will have a list of them. This saves you a lot of stress and time, as you don’t need to conduct your own research again. From the list, you can jumpstart your online casino experience effectively.

When it comes to the most popular online casino games in the country, the names on the list below take precedence over the others.

Slot Games

This is similar to the Japanese indigenous game named Pachinko, and it is the most popular online game in the country. In every online casino of today, they stand as a staple, and you will find them in their hundreds in the best casinos. They are normally the top-notch real money and free play games found in the best casinos. The slot machines are very easy to play, and you can quickly play them without the need for any special skill. It is interactive and slot lovers will have many to choose from, including different versions like 3D slots, video slots, multiple payline slots, progressive slots, and classic slots.

Baccarat

High rollers in Japan are normally more attracted to baccarat among the table games. They are among the oldest card games ever, and they come with very few rules. The major objective of baccarat is to get the number 9 or the number closest to it. Whenever a player gets 9 or the number nearest to 9 before others, he wins the game. There are several bets that players can choose here, and they include the tie, banker, and player. In the best online Japanese casinos, players will be treated to a lot of baccarat variations including the Baccarat Banque, Chennin De Fer and Punto Banco.

Poker

Many avid casino players in Japan enjoys online poker. In the game of poker, the person with the hands that rank highest after the players have shown their cards at the end of each game wins.  This is not just a game of luck, but of skill too, and that makes it more exciting. Punters can enjoy different variants of poker games in Japan online casinos. The available variants include Razz Poker, Omaha High, and 7 Card Stud Poker, Five Card Draw Poker and Texas Holdem Poker.

Roulette

This is one of the games that come with the highest ease of play, because it is a pure game of luck. This, as expected, places it among the most loved games in Japan online casinos. It is a game where the players predict and bet on the colour or number or the colour and number that the ball will settle on when spun. This is one game that new players are encouraged to start with. It comes in different variants, including the French, European and American versions.

Lottery Games

This could be played very easily, and it pays amazing jackpot prizes. So, online casino fans in japan love it and enjoy playing it. In japan online casinos, the popular games include jumbo lottery, mini lotto, lotto 6, numbers 4, numbers 3 and the scratch cards.

Dragon Tiger

This could be described as the Japanese version of baccarat, and many players in the country like and enjoy the gameplay. The major goal of the players in this game is to wager on the one to win among the available two hands, and they include the tiger and dragon hands. The hand that wins among them is the one that gets the higher card. When you make the guess and it pans out right, you win. It’s as easy as that. But when the two hands end with the same value, you will be given back half the amount you wagered.

Live Dealer Games

The iGaming industry is now buzzing with live dealer games. These are dealt by professional croupiers in the bid to bring in physical casino-like experience to the online casinos. Here, you are dealt authentic roulette balls and wheels and cards are really shuffled. Players can also interact with the croupiers and other players as they wish, and most Japanese casino lovers cherish it.

Some Ace Slot Games Inspired By Classic Films

It often adds a little something to your gaming if the game in question leans on on your favorite films for its inspiration. There are thousands (maybe millions) of great slot titles out there and plenty of them are inspired by classic movies.

We picked some ace games that draw on top movies for their storyline and visuals. Read on to see if any of your favorite movies feature.

Scarface

Featuring one of the strongest performances from the legendary Al Pacino, Scarface is a film that achieved instant classic status and has retained it in the following decades.

The film is a gem and the game is pretty special too. It features images of Tony Montana throughout, inspiring you to earn your own cash and rival the lead character’s substantial wealth.

These are the key things to know about the Scarface slot game:

  • RTP: 96.8%
  • Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 20

You can play Scarface at the best real money slot sites. If you’ve not decided on your favourite slot site(s) yet the take a look at this review of the finest ones. It gives you all the important information about each website.

Robocop

Robocop didn’t create sci-fi. But did give it a much-needed boost and set the tempo for many of the action-heavy films that became a feature of the genre for the following years.

It’s a classic film and the slot game of the same name does it no injustice. The Robocop slot is fast-paced and action-packed, just like the movie.

Some of the important things to be aware of about the Robocop game include:

  • RTP: 5
  • Reels: 20
  • Paylines: 95.00%

Robocop can be found in the games libraries of most of the top gambling sites. Simply head to the search bar of your favorite online casino and search for it. Or alternatively, you could also Google “Robocop slot game” and you’ll get a list of the websites that feature it.

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger’s final completed acting performance, The Dark Knight is perhaps the finest comic book film ever made – it’s so good that Ledger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Few would question the classic status of the film and gamblers might take the same stance with the game. The Dark Knight is exceptionally good fun and simple to play, making it an ideal pick for your next gambling session.

  • RTP: 88.12%
  • Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 243

One thing to note about The Dark Knight slot game is it’s RTP. It’s lower than some games and that’s because it’s a progressive slot with multiple paylines. This means that there are more ways to win, but also more ways to lose. So, keep this in mind while you’re playing it.

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Scarface, Robocop, and The Dark Knight are just three of the great slot games inspired by classic films.

So, play them and the have a look through the games catalog of your favorite online casino and see if you can find any more film-slot adaptations – we guarantee you’ll spot plenty of good ones.

Casino Games Inspired on Pop Culture

If you participated in a gambling activity out of entertainment at any point of your life, you probably noticed that there are tons of casino games inspired on pop culture. After all, the gambling industry is heavily influenced by this culture. During the 60s and 70s, pop culture played a key role in making this activity legal.

Since authorities lifted the restrictions on gambling around the world, the industry has flourished, boosted economies, employed thousands of people, and revolutionized the way we look at gaming. In fact, it evolved so much that people can now play the best casino games online. Yes, it’s true. Online gambling has become a reality and millions of people visit casino sites daily to enjoy their favourite casino game.

Since we mentioned that the pop culture has a great influence on casino games and the casino industry in general, we wanted to dive into the details and explain which area had the biggest influence, why casino games have pop culture themes and which games are most likely to have a theme of that kind.

Movies and Music

When we think of casino games inspired on pop culture, the first thought that comes to our minds is the gambling movies. These movies had a massive breakthrough in the 50s and 60s. People were fond of them and not only did they enjoy them, but they also became interested in gambling. But, this activity was restricted at the time, so they had to put pressure on the authorities so legalize them. And they eventually succeeded in that.

After the ban was lifted, casinos around the world started operating and generating billions of dollars in revenue. They paid a lot of money in taxes and employed many people, which is why they were labelled as huge contributors to the global economy. Theme songs from those movies were also popular and played a big role in the process of legalization.

Pop Culture Themed Games

These days, online casinos have many games that have themes inspired by movies and certain characters. The reason for that is because they want to attract players to their sites and play their games. Logically, many fans of gambling movies are also fans of gambling games and they are more than willing to participate in this type of activity. The most famous casino games inspired on pop culture at online casinos are slots.

Slots Inspired By The Pop Culture

Slots have many variations of movie themes. You can find the best Marvel and Star Wars themes, cartoonish themes, as well as many of the most popular characters in the movies. They serve to target a certain audience and attract them to the casino site, thus offering them a unique gaming experience.

Some other games even have background songs inspired by the previously mentioned gambling theme tracks. Nevertheless, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of casino games inspired on pop culture is slots. They are simple and cheap to play and carry great rewards.

How to Buy Good Games for a Good Price

Today, the gaming industry faces the crisis of supply. It means that the consumers are oversaturated with lots of good and solid titles. As a result, publishers and distributors have to find new ways to attract buyers. At the same time, the gaming industry is filled with scammers and honestly bad products. This article will tell about the ways to buy good games at a reasonable price.

Firstly, the general rule behind finding good offers on gaming products is to be open-minded. For example, Steam is not the only place where players can find good offers. Cheap steam keys can be found on the platform https://gamerall.com/steam-games. This principle is a general rule: it is always possible to find where to buy games for a more affordable price comparing to the major digital distribution prices.

Also, like virtually any other industry, the gaming industry tries to attract new customers with sales. There are several types of sales. They may vary depending on the platform but in general, every platform tries to feature the following sales:

  • Seasonal sales

This type of sales is widely spread in other industries, too. The idea is simple: these sales occur during a certain period of the year. Steam Summer Sale (usually takes place in August) and Steam Christmas Sale can serve as examples. In this case, gamers expect a specific time to buy even AAA titles for a lowered price. Usually, platforms offer some additional features during the seasonal sales, such as exclusive bonus system, achievements, or unique statuses for players.

  • Developer-specific sales

This type of sales is also shared with other industries. On the contrary to the previous type, such sales are not tied to a specific date. Instead, the platforms offer the players discounts on the products of certain developers. The goal is to encourage the fans to buy other games of a developer/. For example, some players like Stellaris, but are not really into the other games developed and published by Paradox Interactive. In this case, a sale on Paradox Interactive games will drive players to buy Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis IV, or Cities: Skylines. Developer-specific sales are a great way to build a loyal community of gamers around a certain studio.

  •  Genre-specific sales

This is a rather rare type of sales, which features discounts on games of a certain genre. There are only a few such sales, as gamers tend to engage in different genres.

To summarize, the main rule for finding good games for a good price is to know that every offer, however it may seem juicy, can always have a better alternative. Sales and smaller platforms are the main ways to find even AAA titles for affordable prices.

Best Sports Games on IOS

Video games have long attempted to reimagine the reality of sport, but as games and technology have advanced, the similarities between the two have grown. What’s more, gamers no longer need to just play on games consoles – mobile gaming is now diverse and a rich user experience with console quality sports simulators & in depth betting apps like you’d find at Timeform. Here are some of the best sports games on IOS sports fans can play on the go.

New Star Soccer Manager

In New Star Soccer Manager, players are responsible for the running of the whole football club, rather than just playing as a single player on the team, which provides a more in-depth and engrossing simulation of the game.

Touchgrind BMX 2

This game takes a mobile-centric approach to extreme sports and has been voted as one of Apple’s top picks in previous years. With this iteration, there are more stunts and improved visuals, as well as giving players the option to build their own bikes from scratch. Touchgrind BMX 2 also features tournaments and the chance to play against other players.

Archery King

Archery might not be your first thought when it comes to sports games, but Archery King is a surprisingly enjoyable game where players can go head-to-head with other players around the globe. As you win against your opponents, you’ll unlock better equipment that will help you climb the ranks.

NBA 2K19

Anyone with an interest in sports and gaming will have no doubt had experience of NBA 2K19, but the mobile version provides a surprisingly rich console-like experience. Basketball fans won’t want to miss out on trying this game for themselves which has brilliant graphics and fantastic gameplay.

FIFA Mobile

FIFA Mobile provides a faithful recreation of the football game experience, replicating the stadiums and players that fans love. What’s more, this game is updated each season with new and exciting content, so players won’t get bored of playing it.

RBI Baseball

Baseball fans should check out RBI Baseball which remains one of the best franchises for simulating a classic baseball game. The game is complete with authentic players and ballparks as well as a Franchise Mode which lets players take their team through different seasons while making moves behind the scenes.

Madden NFL Football

It’s no surprise that one of the most popular sports game franchises in the world has a mobile version, but fans might be surprised to learn that the mobile offering is actually very good. It has console-like graphics and is constantly being updated, even in the off season, so fans have new features to enjoy all the time. As a General Manager, players can collect player cards to build their own roster and there are a variety of football drills that are ideal for quick play.

WGT Golf Game

WTG Golf Game is the app to download for players who want a more realistic gaming experience compared to the arcade-style games. This has a similar feel to the classic Tiger Wood’s golf series from previous years and includes iconic courses which are designed with accuracy in mind.

5 Films Inspired By Board and Card Games

Movies and games enjoy a curious relationship. Video games have inspired movies and vice versa, and real-life sports matches have helped produce some of Hollywood’s most inspirational big-screen stories. But not to be dismissed are board and card games. After all, there are so many different variations; we’ve seen everything from a murder-mystery in Clue, fantasy-adventure in Dungeons and Dragons, all-out action in Battleship, and horror in Ouija. Let’s have a look at how movies have been inspired by our love of more traditional gameplay.

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Rounders

Rounders arrived on the cusp of poker’s dramatic rise in popularity thanks to the internet’s numerous platforms and the prevalence of tournaments on TV. Still favored as one of the best movies about Texas Hold’em thanks to its dramatic in-game action and the performances of Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich, director John Dahl’s effort still resonates as poker remains a predominant feature of the online casino. Rounders’ focus on Texas Hold’em, the internet’s biggest poker format, is another reason why it’s recognized as one of the game’s best big-screen outings.

Increased accessibility since Rounders came out in 1998 has driven competition with sites aiming to take advantage of poker’s spike in popularity, so there are plenty of online casinos to choose from each offering different kinds of welcome bonuses. Having a tool such as a Bonus Finder to find the best deals saves all the legwork and ensures customers get the best value for their money.

Jumanji

For younger viewers, Jumanji is a film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and an old video game console. But cast your mind back a few years to the Robin Williams version and this movie was about a magical board game. One of the most entertaining films to be inspired in this way (in this case, a fictional game), Jumanji is a wonderfully warm-hearted and funny fish out of water adventure.

21

Blackjack, the card game which pits the player against the house, is a popular casino game and one that famously appears in James Bond from time to time. But in the film 21, we see the true story of a group of MIT card counting blackjack players who use memory, strategy and analytical skill to anticipate cards and influence the outcome of the game. It’s an eye-opening drama.

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Clue

One of the most delightful comedies of the 1980s, Clue takes its inspiration from the murder-mystery board game Cluedo to tell us “whodunit” after Mr Boddy turns up dead. The cast – each taking the names of the characters from the game – have a comic energy that dazzles. The combination of the game’s investigative thrills and assortment of colorful characters is perfectly captured by British director Jonathan Lynn who has shown throughout his career a penchant for ensemble comedy. Tim Curry, as the Butler, is the stand out though; a distinctive sharp-toothed deviousness cutting through a lovable, manic exuberance.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter films thrilled multiple generations with millennials growing up alongside their heroes on screen. Throughout the films we see an assortment of games played amongst the major characters but it’s the oversized chess battle in Sorcerer’s Stone that’s worth a mention here as Harry, Hermione and Ron must win the game in order to prevent sinister teacher Quirinus Quirrell from stealing the Philosopher’s Stone and being able to provide Lord Voldemort with a potion that grants immortality.

It isn’t all console game adaptations and sports matches, board games like Clue do and chess, and card games like poker and blackjack, have also had an impact on the movies.