We don’t know about you, but the slot machine is one of the first things that comes to our minds when we think about casinos. The game itself is simple. You pull a handle, watch the reels spin, and if it aligns, you get a prize.
Indeed, it is pretty straightforward, so it’s amazing if you think about the history of the game and who invented the slot machine.
Since its inception in 1891, though, there is no doubt that the dawn of the internet has brought about its biggest developments. What was once a purely mechanical game is now an online sensation.
In this article, we are going to share with you how the technology of online slots has evolved in recent years.
While it is still very much possible to play slot machines offline, it’s clear that you don’t have to go to the casino anymore just to play. There are numerous websites you can sign up for online. Just make sure that your browser is updated so you can play without a hitch.
Aside from that, online slots can also be played via mobile applications. A quick search on Google Playstore returned more than 200 results already.
Finally, slot machine games have moved to consoles like Playstation and Xbox.
It might not be that big of a deal but it’s interesting to note how the game’s symbols have changed. Did you know that the first slot machine used a 50-card poker deck for its symbols? This gradually changed to the classic fruits, bells, and bars we have all grown to love.
Today online slots don a spectrum of themes and designs. From James Bond-themed slots with guns, diamonds, and martini glasses to horror-themed ones with skulls, bloody knives, and eyeballs.
What good is playing slots if you’re not going to win anything? It is interesting to take note of how winnings have also evolved. You can certainly play slots online with real money (usually funded through various online banking methods).
Most online slot machines have their own in-game currency, though. Games that are intended for pure enjoyment have an in-game currency that you can earn and/or purchase but not cash out. On the other hand, there are games that allow you to cash out your winnings.
Lastly, it is also possible to transact with cryptocurrency now. International Game Technology PLC, one of the leading pioneers in the slot machine industry has just recently received a patent to use cryptocurrency.
Because of this recent development, they can now send Bitcoin from the company’s account to a gamer’s external account.
It’s amazing how accessible slot machines are in this day and age. It is even possible for kids aged 12 and above to download it as a mobile game (without any money involved, of course). Curiously, other casino games aren’t as popular.
It is also not surprising to stumble upon slot games advertisements while browsing or playing other games. These ads usually have links already for added convenience and accessibility.
You might also notice slot games being heavily advertised on social media, especially if you have previously interacted with a game page or profile.
Onwards to the Future
The landscape of slot machines and casino games, in general, is still further shifting. We have received updates of game developers integrating augmented reality and virtual reality into their applications.
Who knows what else they have in store for us in the future? Only time will tell. We only hope that these advancements don’t eventually phase out offline slot machines because it’s something that we still really enjoy.