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When Gaming Takes to the Big Screen – Top 5 Casino Movies

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When Gaming Takes to the Big Screen – Top 5 Casino Movies

 

The player pool differs from one platform to the next, but there is one thing that they all agree on – their love for the game. And when it comes to casino players in particular, this seems to spread through many spheres of their everyday life.

In this regard, the overall casino industry has made a significant impact on one such area – cinematography. People have always been fascinated with the characters and events normally found in such environments, and Hollywood has been most able to make good use of it. Namely, the following are just some of the best cinematic accomplishments exploiting the ‘casino theme’ throughout the years.

#5 – Rounders

This motion picture tells the story of a young student who pays for his studies through his exploits at the poker table. While the story may seem like a cliché, the amazing acting performance of Matt Damon in the lead role, as well as John Malkovich’s appearance as his opponent at the gambling ring make up for any inconsistencies.

Nowadays, the movie Rounders  is considered a classic among casino-inspired productions, and with all due right.

 

#4 – The Gambler

Played by the excellent actor James Caan, the gambler is the lead character in the movie of the same name. He is a university professor who seems to be going through a crisis that just keeps spiraling downwards, ultimately pushing him to his own demise. The main reason for this is his gambling habit that provokes most of his debt issues, building up the action to the magnificent cinematic climax that is one of the best in the industry overall.

 

#3 – 21

Kevin Spacey takes the lead role of a Math professor in this epic movie based on real life events. It covers the story of this professor who managed to train a group of students into becoming expert card-counters and profit out of their intelligence. While they could have made good use of OnlineCasino’s detailed reviews, their focus on the game and the money they won ultimately blinded them of everything else, which resulted in the movie’s unique ending.

 

#2 – Casino Royale

Considering the fact that it is part of the James Bond franchise, there is no doubt in the movie’s cinematic quality. In regards to casino movies specifically, Casino Royale has further managed to remain true to its name.

Agent 007, played by Daniel Craig, has to defeat Le Chiffre in a poker game at Casino Royale, Montenegro, to prevent his arms trafficking business with terrorists.

 

#1 – Casino

Since its initial release, the movie Casino has been a major hit on the big screen. It stars Robert De Niro in the role of a casino owner in corrupted Las Vegas, alongside Joe Pesci – an eccentric enforcer whose psychological problems cause demise for both leading personas.

While some could view it as a documentary of Vegas back in the middle of the XX century, many more have classified it as the top casino movie of all times.

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Major Trends in Contemporary Video Games

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Major Trends in Contemporary Video Games

 

The modern age is practically marked and symbolized by the existence of this form of entertainment, and there is no denying that it has grown into a massive global industry. Since its early beginnings, it has become a driving force in society, mainly through its influence on people’s everyday lives.

Nowadays, major concepts in the online video gaming industry can easily be identified by the dominant elements incorporated in gaming products. Both hardware and software depict the community’s attitudes towards certain issues, slowly turning them into the global industry trends that are present in today’s contemporary times.

  • Augmented Reality

The concept of augmented reality gained its momentum with the release of Niantic’s Pokemon Go! As you may well be aware, it allowed players to incorporate video game elements into real life, and vice versa.

As such, this unity has had quite a beneficial effect over the pool of users, who saw it as an excellent opportunity to develop some relations with the rest. Pokemon Go players were roaming the streets looking for their new Pokemon, in groups that resembled any other social gathering.

 

  • Virtual Reality

To kick things up a notch, augmented reality is slowly being replaced by a fully immersive, virtual reality video gaming experience. This trend has been present for quite some time, but it is only now that the suitable VR equipment became available for sale that it reached more massive proportions.

 

  • Inclusivity

As opposed to people’s former preoccupation with exclusivity, modern times have been seen as much more inclusive than past ages. One example of it is the Casino Bet games and platforms listings, attempting to fit the needs of as many players as possible.

As for the video gaming industry in question, inclusivity has been evident both through equipment – made more accessible to people with physical handicaps of any kind, and through the game software. The latter aims to be more inclusive to otherwise marginalized social structures – the LGBT community, different races and genders as well.

 

  • Mobile Gaming

The mobile gaming trend has ultimately emerged from the ever-growing popularity of mobile devices, both smartphones and tablets. Major manufacturing companies are constantly trying to come up with a new and improved version that will operate in even more capacities, and thus made the whole mobile gaming experience possible.

With more and more games being developed for these types of platforms, this is one other trend that doesn’t seem to be near its end.

 

  • Console Upgrading

Related to the previous trend is the recent tendency among console manufacturers to upgrade their products in lieu of constant improvements implemented in other gadgets – smartphones, tablets, as well as software.

Video game players have recognized this as a breach of the usual five-to-seven-year console life cycle, especially since the first releases came in. Xbox have released the Xbox One S, as well as the Xbox Scorpio, while Sonny is actively applying alterations on their PS4 Neo.

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Tower of Elements Review

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Tower of Elements Review

With few game providers now opting for simple games based on worldly themes, Frogdice stands in a world of its own as it continues to roll out such type of games. One of these games is Tower of Elements, a simple match three game in which you have to use complex problem-solving skills to help your village from the marauding murderous evil army. Tower of Elements can be played on several online casinos and you can also download the Tower of Elements app on your Android or iOS powered device. Here is what to expect from Tower of Elements.

Gameplay

In Tower of Elements, gameplay focuses on matching tiles of three sets. In order to attack the invading army, build a fortress for your village or to hit the rat running around at the bottom, al, you need is to strategically place your tiles so that you eliminate what you do not want replacing them with the tiles of your choice. Tower of Elements, however, is not as straightforward as other tile games because it comes with different weights to vertical and horizontal tiles. The levels in Tower of Elements are quite intriguing and you can subconsciously spend the whole day looking at the screen, as the game is addictive.

Plot

Tower of Elements does have a solid plot in that you have to safeguard your tower and protect your people. All this you have to do by simply organising your tiles wisely. The main threat to your people in Tower of Elements is from the evil commander on the other side of the village as he constantly sends his troops to raid and ambush your people and also to try and break into the tower. This means you and your people have to be vigilant at all times to rebuke the forces of the evil commander. However, you ought to know that there is also another side when it comes to Tower of Elements. Amongst your people there are some rogue elements that need to be weeded out after every now and then. When the evil commander’s army reaches your village, they approach some of your people, bribe them to make your defence weak and hope to capitalise on that. It is your duty to know who has been approached and to deal with the person accordingly. It is this other side of Tower of Elements that makes the game such intriguing.

Theme and Graphics

The epic fantasy background of Tower of Elements sets you on a path of adventure. You play the character of King Rand who settled just behind a lone standing tower. For years, you and your people live in harmony before word reaches the evil army commander on the other side who becomes determined to destroy you and your village. As a result, you shift your village into the tower and you defend your village from the tower. Anticipating attacks and raids and blocking the army from gaining access into the tower.

 

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Visiting other BOOs, Titles, More Newspapers, Leaderboard Rewards, and more!

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Main new features in this update:

  • Turn timer setting (from party window you can change the time allowed to make your turn decision)
  • Titles
  • New Newspapers
  • Automatic Leaderboard Rewards
  • BOO Visitor Access (use the /friends command from command line for now)
  • Tons of bug fixes. RSI, world encounters, and more!
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The remarkable growth of the mobile games market.

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At the end of April 2016, Newzoo released data which shows the global gaming market is well on course to a take in a total of $99.6 billion in revenue. This figure represents an 8.5 per cent increase compared to that in 2015.

This means that for the first time, mobile gaming is worth more to the industry than its PC-based counterpart. PC gaming is still no slouch in terms of revenue though. In fact, it is on course to bring in a whopping $36.9 billion. In doing so, it will increase its own worth by 21.3 per cent.

Gaming bringing about a ‘huge power shift’

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A huge power shift in consumer gaming trends is tipping the balance of power in the global gaming industry. Many cite the success of casual gaming as the reason for this.

Yet mobile casino games are also doing their bit, as huge revenue continues to pour into this section of the market as consumer trends show an increase in online slot games such as classic bar slots and other slot related games becoming more favourable compared to 5 years ago. In fact, some insiders predict that the online casino segment will outstrip the standard gaming site by 2020.

Yet perhaps the strength of the mobile gaming market lay in not being limited to a specific segment, demographic, or even country. Indeed, both emerging markets (China, India, Brazil) and those dubbed ‘mature’ markets in the west (US, Europe et al) are seeing massive growth year on year.

Southeast Asia and China are the main catalysts for the global growth in both iOS and Android revenues. In fact, China’s growth is up 86% on last year.

China alone accounts for 50% of gaming revenues in the Asia-Pacific region; it’s market size is anticipated to be $24.4 billion in 2016.

The PC market in China has slowed. In 2016, revenues have increased by a steady 4%, compared to 16% in 2015. With this in mind, it is clear that mobile games are the true catalyst of industry income. Indeed, this segment is actually growing faster than previously predicted; its $10 billion in 2016 up a massive 41% on the $7.1 billion from 2015.

Tablets defy reports of a slump

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In spite of a supposed slump in tablet sales, these devices remain the preferred medium for online gaming. Stats show that rather than succumbing to a rise in PC sales, consumers like having four screens (TV, tablet, smartphone, PC) on which to play games, surf the web and more.

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Scavenger Hunt Participation Challenge

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During Stash Alpha #3, players were given a list of items to seek out and find in the world. They had to take a screenshot of the item and then write a caption.

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