Our guide to gambling online for new players

by riky 16. November 2017 14:08

We live in unprecedented times, when people’s lives are taking place in a virtual as well as a physical environment thanks to the internet. For that reason, it is no surprise to find that gambling online has overtaken betting in land based casinos and bookmakers. However, there remain some people who are yet to dip their toes into the world of online gambling. Perhaps this is because of a lack of trust in online transactions, or in the type of casino games found online. If you are tempted to join an online betting site but haven’t quite worked up to it just yet, then this article may be able to convince you. Let’s take a closer look at how to start enjoying gambling online, in a safe and secure environment.

Take Your Pick

There are hundreds if not thousands of ways to place a bet online. Casinos, sports bookmakers, lottery providers, financial trading, and e-sports betting are all available at a click or a swipe. So the first thing to do is to identify which area of online betting you are interested in. Do you want to be able to place a bet on live football matches at the weekend? Are you interested in playing poker online? Do you want to enjoy the social elements of a game of bingo? Or how about trying your luck at an online casino? There are plenty of fantastic sites out there, it is just a matter of identifying which one meets your needs.

Let’s address the security aspect first. Every legitimate gambling site must be licensed and regulated, preferably by regulators in territories such as the UK, Isle of Man, Malta or Gibraltar, although more countries are now introducing their own national licensing bodies. Simply by scrolling to the bottom of the main page of an online betting site you will be able to see where it is licensed. Clicking that link should take you to the regulator’s home page, so you will know the site is genuine. A licensed site is required to put security measures in place to protect financial transactions, must keep client data confidential, and must only operate fair games and bets. The fact is that the vast majority of online gambling sites are perfectly safe, and it is only the small minority of sites which are not fully licenced that create issues for customers. A quick google search will identify which sites can be trusted, and which should be avoided.

Easy Money

When you decide to join a reputable betting site, make sure to take advantage of their welcome bonus offer. The vast majority of betting sites will offer some enticement to join, and this can be very lucrative. For example new members of Casumo Casino get a fantastic welcome bonus, one of the best online casinos in the business. Sports betting sites generally offer free bets to new members, and again these can be turned into a profit if you use them wisely. In fact no matter what type of online betting you plan on doing, you should be able to nab a nice welcome bonus when you register and deposit. There are so many online betting sites out there that they compete to offer the most enticing welcome packages to new players.

Once you have signed up with a site, then it is just a matter of registering your preferred payment method and you will be able to make your first deposit. Some people can be wary about this process, but as time goes on and more of us become accustomed to purchasing goods and services online, this becomes less of a concern. As we stated earlier, online betting sites must maintain the highest levels of security – it is in their interests to do so – and therefore you won’t encounter any issues with a properly licenced site. Most betting sites offer a wide range of different payment options, with credit and debit cards, vouchers, bank transfer systems and electronic wallets commonly available. When you make your first deposit to an online casino you can expect to receive a matched bonus, whereby the casino will match your deposit (up to a stated limit) by a percentage. Check the terms and conditions to make sure you take full advantage of such offers, as well as informing yourself about what will be required to withdraw your bonus funds.

You will be required to provide some ID to confirm your identity – again this is required by licensing bodies to ensure that client information is correct. After that you are free to enjoy the fun of online real money gaming. Gambling online can be a great way to spice up a dull sporting event, or to while away an hour or two by spinning the reels at a casino, and hopefully picking up some cash at the same time!

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Online casino games that stand the test of time

by riky 15. November 2017 06:10

Online casino games are launched on a weekly basis, with hundreds of new ones appearing every year. Of course slot games are the most prevalent, ranging from the heavily promoted launches from big developers to small independent games with a limited market. No matter how much money is pumped into marketing though, there is no guarantee that the finished product will be a success with players. So many online casino games arrive with a flourish, only to drop off casino lobbies and players’ consciousness within months. That being said, there are some games which manage to stand the test of time.

Ageless Wonder

One of the greatest examples of a slot game which refuses to go gently into the night is the age-defying Starburst game from NetEnt. This is a perfect demonstration of how a seemingly simple game can capture the imagination of players, and become a world-beating success.

If you’re looking for suggestions on what games to play, Independent review sites like Reel Bonanza let you compare the best real money online casino sites and all the games they have to offer. You can see why this game is rated so highly. From the animations to the sound effects, and of course that magical Starburst stacked wild symbol, it has found that slot gaming sweet spot. Of course, this is a game which has spawned countless imitators, but none of them have as yet managed to capture lightning in a bottle again.

Another enduring classic online slot game is Gonzo’s Quest, another NetEnt release. There is a reason why they are consistently rated as one of the best in the business. Gonzo’s Quest is another game that comes under the ‘often imitated’ category, with games like Jungle Jim from Microgaming displaying more than a few common features. The cascading reels feature really set Gonzo apart from the competition when it was released in 2013, along with some pretty special animations. Modern slot releases can certainly compete on both counts these days, but the cheeky conquistador Gonzo retains a place in people’s hearts, as well as a prominent place in the lobbies of major online casinos.

It Will Be Back

Terminator 2 from Microgaming is a slot game which has managed to mirror the impact of the movie which inspired it. While the special effects in T2 the movie may seem a little dated to modern eyes, we still keep going back to watch it again and again. The same applies to the slot game, which rewards repeated plays. It may not be the most original of slots, but it more than delivers on what it promises, and certainly does justice to the source material. A combination of bonus features, authentic visuals, and clips from the original movie make this another game which has had a lengthy shelf life.

Our final example is a little game from Microgaming by the name of Immortal Romance. Drawing its inspiration from the Twilight series of movies, this game is a heady mixture of vampires and romance. The design of this 2011 release may look a little flat when compared to the brash video slots released these days, but its popularity lives on. This game cleverly introduces the back-story of different characters, only giving you more information as you progress in the game. There are different bonus games associated with each of the four main characters, adding the kind of variety that grants slot gaming ‘immortality’ to a really well-made game.

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Tomb Raider

by George 13. November 2017 06:07

Tomb Raider is an incredibly popular game that has inspired a movie starring Angelina Jolie. The game was first developed between 1993 and 1998, with it originally being sold in 1996.

Different to other games, Tomb Raider follows the journey of Lara Croft who is travelling the world to collect rare and valuable collectables. She must overcome a number of obstacles in order to do this. She has to travel through ancient tombs and through water.

Although it sounds simple and different to other games, it’s not. She must still overpower the bad guys and the villians. If she doesn’t then she won’t progress forward or be able to collect the items she’s seeking. The idea is that she has powers such as the ability to swim, which she must constantly use.

She does have her weaknesses though like characters in all video games. Despite being able to swim, she can still drown. She can also be burned, electrocuted, stabbed on spikes or she can fall from a height.

Since the original version here have been 17 versions of the game made, with 11 being created in the new series. The most recent was made in 2013.

There is also a handheld series with four options available, and the Lara Croft series has four games.

The most popular games within the series are probably the Lara Croft spinoffs. It could be assumed that they became popular because of the movies starring Angelina Jolie. The original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie hit cinemas in 2001 and although it grossed $274 million, it was heavily criticised by movie reviewers who said the storyline was boring and bland. Reviewers have said that Angelina Jolie is the best thing about the movie, but not even she can make the movie good, when the plotline is so bad. The movie, just like the games focus on Lara’s backstory which has included her father, her mother and her butler, so it’s safe to say that she comes from a wealthy family. Throughout the course of the movie, she regularly receives communications from her father who gives her advice on how she can get the items she needs to.

Unlike other video games, the Tomb Raider games are very character driven and let the player really get to know Lara and where she’s coming from.

The games released since the movie have been in one of four categories: the original series, the second era, the third era and the spinoffs.

The major difference between Tomb Raider and other games is that the main character is a female which, although it’s becoming more common in video games is still fairly uncommon. That makes it a bit of a novelty.

Overall the game has been fairly popular despite its poor reviews. 7.5 million copies of the game have been sold around the world. The games have been available on different formats including PC, Xbox, Playstation, PSP, Android and iOS so people can play no matter what device they have or where they are.

 

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Diablo II

by George 13. November 2017 05:58

Diablo 2 returns to the video game development style of requiring the player to overpower the bad guy or monster at the end of each round, so it offers more challenges than other games on the market that were developed in the 1990s.

The game is similar to a movie, or television show in that there are chapters, or acts as they are known. Each act follows a structure, similar to the three act structure that movies and plays follow. That’s not to say the game is without mystery because it isn’t. There are some random events in each round.

The player must pass each round, which is set at the end of Diablo. To pass each round the player must kill the demons before they can cause havoc and damage the world, leaving behind only a path of destruction.

Similar to real life though, the player must find the source of evil and destroy it. The way to do that is to beat the bad guys and move to a new level.

It sounds really interesting, and it’s fun to play. Players can find themselves really immersed in the storyline.

Act 1 requires the player to overpower the villain meanwhile act 2 is set in a desert where the player must prevent the Dark Wanderer from becoming a demon. Act 3 is closer to Hell and the player is at risk of the good guys being dragged into it. Finally in Act 4, the player must overpower Diablo himself.

One really interesting thing about games made in the 1990s is that they were all centred around missions and the fight between good and evil. It’s not enough to collect gold or get to the promised land. The real satisfaction comes from overpowering evil, which could be likened to the real life political spectrum where the West tries to overpower the East, and vice versa, with neither of them winning, and lots of people getting killed along the way. In a way, players are able to live vicariously through the video games. They may find themselves going to a fictional war, when they would not go to a war in real life. They could also find themselves at the brink of destruction when there is no way back.

Technically, the game is quite different to Diablo, with many of its design elements completely different to the previous game. That’s because the developers deviated from the previous design plans.

As you’d expect from a video game, the music matches the mood, so in the creepier scenes or moments, the music will be creepier which will add to the atmosphere of the game and help them really get into the moment.

The game has been extremely popular over the years, so if you find that you’ve completed Diablo and you’ve completed Diablo 2 then you can purchase Diablo 3 which is a continuation of the game and includes patches

The only real downside with these games is that they are only available on PC computers. They’re not available on Mac computers.

 

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The classic 80’s game BOUNDER is coming to mobile in 2018!

by George 6. November 2017 10:17

Veteran developers Swivel Creations have partnered with London based Lu Studios to bring the classic 80’s game BOUNDER to mobile which is set for release in the first quarter 2018. The owner of Swivel Matt Risley has a big background in games stretching back to 1991 and this year contacted Ian Stewart, ex-Gremlin Graphics owner (UrbanScan) and negotiated a deal to bring BOUNDER to Mobile. BOUNDER was one of the most successful selling games of the 80’s and was on many different computers like the C64, Spectrum, Amstrad, MSX etc..

Matt is very enthusiastic about the project which is well underway and says the following: "Certain games stick in your head from back in the day and BOUNDER was one of those games, from how it looked, how challenging it was and of course the memorable music it had. The game is a classic and we felt that it would port really well to mobile, so I made some enquiries and we struck a deal to bring Bounder to mobile. It is very exciting!"

The new BOUNDER game isn’t really different from the originals and this App will offer users really good value for money, as they can play the C64, Spectrum and Amstrad version all in one App. But these are not emulated versions, Matt said that these are being re-coded and the display of the map will be shown in a different way to make use of the mobile screens. Also BOUNDER was quite hard to play and Matt said that by making the maps more visible will give the users more chance to complete the levels and make the levels a bit easier. Swivel will offer two versions of the game, a free version with limited levels and advertising and also a paid version with all of the levels and no advertising.

This App will also have many good features which wasn’t available in the originals, such as Level Save Points, Touch Screen and Joypad Control and much more.

For fans of the original, they will love it and Matt is hoping to bring BOUNDER to a new audience of gamers, not just retro gamers.

BOUNDER will be available on the App Stores in the first quarter 2018 but in the meantime, if you’d like to keep track of the development, please visit: www.bounder.mobi for more information about BOUNDER, the History and release date.

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Casinos Take Inspiration From Classic Arcade Games

by riky 1. November 2017 05:21

Casinos operators and game developers are always looking for new sources of inspiration when it comes to improving the player experience. Over recent times the line between video game and casino game continues to become more and more blurred as due to the continued advancements in technology. Nowadays casino games look more like video games than ever before and it’s video games in a way that prove to be big hits when it comes to inspiration for slots for example.

There has been a shift recently that has seen the incorporation of skill based games into selections available at online casinos. Casino operators and developers see this as a trend that will continue to grow and they’ve taken inspiration from classic arcade games in order to integrate the new skill based elements. This is because they’re not just games that everybody instantly recognises, but arcade games are great when it comes to using skill and also challenging for high scores.

Nowadays it wouldn’t be uncommon to find arcade classics such as Snake, Pacman, Frogger and Asteroids in the games sections at online casino sites such as Party Casino. People loved playing these games just for fun in the past and now, to be given a chance to play them and win money at the same time, that’s a big appeal for many. Not only that but there are more and more people who are gaming and gambling on the move. Online casino operators have already made the shift by having mobile apps developed for those who wish to play on their smartphones and tablets. Slot games are ideal for mobile gaming, especially when they take inspiration from classic arcade games.

Leading slot game developers such as Konami and Playtech have already released content based on retro games and arcade classics. They’re yet to feature the skill based element but it’s sure to come in the not too distant future. The use of arcade games though will be very appealing to the mass market as it’s a blend of both video games and gambling, so in some ways it’s a different form of entertainment. Theme based games have always been a big hit with audiences too and the fact that developers and operators now have more options in what they put in games means they will appeal to more people and different generations.

The fact that both slots and arcade games have been around for what seems like forever is very telling. Both products have stood the test of time and developed over the years. It makes perfect sense for the two forces to be combined in order to provide not just the older generation but the younger one too of a better all-round gaming experience. Playing slot games with authentic visuals, audio and game play based on actual games is a huge draw for many, especially those who are looking for something different to the more generic slots that have been around for years.

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Original Hand Made Gaming Products by FanFit Gaming

by George 7. August 2017 11:40

 

The Toronto-based company FanFit gaming has come out with it’s unique hand-bent neon lights inspired by videogames.  The original gaming merchandise is for people who want to take their gaming experience beyond the screen and into the rest of their home.  With the growing phenomenon of E-Sports, FanFit Gaming is filling a niche.

“We celebrate the best of gaming design and aesthetic through our exclusive line of unique apparel, merchandise, and our signature neon lights,” said Rob Green, owner of FanFit Gaming.


Each piece of merchandise celebrates a character or iconic image from games.
“We strive to capture the love for some of our favorite gaming moments and experiences through our products,” Green said.

 

FanFit Gaming opened Febuary 1st, 2017 - but has already been hitting the spotlight including mentions in VentureBeat.

There are currently 9 Neonlights available, focusing on Overwatch, with 10 original felt penannts.  FanFit also carries other fun accessories.  They plan on coming out with a gaming-themed apparel line in early September to let your geek flag fly.

This is all to say that FanFit has a modest selection of merchandise designed in-house by gamers with a good selection of third-party products, which comes together for a great gaming shopping experience.


Visit us on fanfitgaming.com

 

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Plarium Improves Mobile Strategy Prowess With Growing Library of Titles

by George 27. July 2017 10:50

Source: Plarium - Social Gaming via Facebook

Israel-based developer Plarium might have started with a simple farming simulator, but after seven years of creating MMO strategy games, the company has become known for putting out quality war games of the genre.

One of the strategy games developer's more notable titles, Throne: Kingdom of War, encapsulates what Plarium strives for with each game as the player is tasked with building a town, creating a military base and then going to war. It's a basic concept but one that's been praised by MMO Reviews for its simplicity, giving it a spot toward the top of the list of mobile strategy games. Throne was also given a specific mention for its graphics which were considered unparalleled.

While Plarium does continue this formula of build, train, battle, each game receives a mechanical or aesthetic design tweak that distinguishes it from the rest. Terminator Genisys: Future War, the most recent addition to the developer's portfolio, might offer largely the same gameplay elements, but it changed the setting in which the game takes place as we see the more futuristic, dystopian world of the Terminator series - a long way off from the medieval world of Throne. Future War also lets players choose a side in the conflict. While it only affects the look of the player's base and the types of units they can recruit, the change is large enough to show the developer is making small steps to improve and evolve their formula with each title. After all, there are so many different ways to play a strategy game when you think about it and Plarium stated they are well aware of that fact. It's just nice that they can showcase that understanding as they grow.

Source: Megan Fox via Facebook

But for as much change as we see, one corenerstone for Plarium always seems to be there: supporting a community. We can look at the seafaring Pirates: Tides of Fortune, the 300-inspired Sparta: War of Empires or any of the developer's titles and every time being able to work with or against others is the central focus - the true sign of a modern mobile game. It's no wonder either considering how important being able to support a community is for so many mobile games.

It's in this merging of players to accomplish a bigger goal that Plarium seems to create a game around and a big reason so many flock to the developer. If we look back at Vikings, for example, we can see that each kingdom in the game holds about 45,000 players and by the end of 2016 there were more than 270 kingdoms. That's just one game. Support of this magnitude goes out to so many of their titles, but Plarium keeps putting a variety of titles to grab players with varying tastes. From Vikings, knights and pirates to Terminator robots and even characters from Alien vs. Predator, Plarium is constantly making sure to give plenty of options to the players looking to get together with other like-minded strategists.

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While their games certainly aren't for everyone and some of the tasks demanded of you might seem redundant, on-the-go strategy lovers should certainly keep their eyes out for the next creation coming from Plarium. If the past two years are anything to go off of (Plarium released three games in both 2016 and 2015) we should at the very least see one more title out of the strategy games company before the end of the year. With all the hype surrounding Game of Thrones, maybe we'll see the bloody HBO show get the mobile treatment before too long.

 

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Bringing Back The Experience Of Old School MS-DOS Game Music

by Jessica Kane 26. July 2017 04:41

To this day, I am an advocate that MS-DOS games produced some of the best music in video game industry. A head scratcher of a statement mostly from younger games who never got to experience gaming before the year 2000.

But when those smooth, midi sounds are compared to game scores of today, you'll find a glaring difference (aside from the 16bit sound)--one that may not be obvious at first, and that's theme. Game soundtracks today sound awfully familiar to movie soundtracks. That's not necessarily a problem, but most movie soundtracks aren't personal. Nine times out of 10, a movie's soundtrack won't be remembered unless it plays a heavy role in the movie itself.

Movie soundtracks are about adding a layer of emotion, simulating feels and setting a mood. Today's gaming soundtracks are now about atmosphere and simulation of pivotal moments in games that are meant to strike a chord in the player. It's something we can all get around, sure. But are they memorable? Often times not.

Other vital missing components are style and dare it be said, substance. It's the equivalent of recognizing the Star Wars theme when you randomly hear it. The Harry Potter theme is another. If you're into MMOs, you will undoubtedly have the World of Warcraft theme memorized. These are sounds easily distinguishable. But if one were to pull music out of a random game created in the last few years, how many would recognize it? How many games nowadays produce something "hummable?" Not many. They've followed the Hollywood format--make them sound like a "blockbuster."

That can't be said about old school MS DOS games. For those of us who played in that era, if Total Carnage played, you'd know it. Or at least search your brain with effort trying to wonder why that sounds familiar. MS-DOS game music was memorable. How about Rayman? Veil of Darkness? Prince of Persia? Super Street Fighter II Turbo? Duke Nukem or Doom II? And why is that? How can something of lower sound quality stand the test of time?

In fact, id's 2016 release of the latest in their Doom franchise was heavily applauded for its soundtrack. No, the latest Doom game isn't midi music. However, it aimed to capture the feel of the original soundtrack, a choice loved by fans all over. Thinking about this and listening to the original Doom II soundtrack, it made me quite nostalgic for some old MOS-DOS midi music.

So, in an effort to relive the old days and listen to some of my favorite old school MS-DOS tunes, I went through an interesting process that took some time, but was ultimately worth it.

I recently attempted to nab arguably one of the best MS-DOS game soundtracks ever. And to do that was a technical feat on its own. First, it takes a computer able to run MS-DOS, which means acquiring an old computer. Not the hardest thing in the world, unless you're wanting to acquire one that actually works. The reason is because it's not a simple matter of just using a desktop recording program like Audacity and hooking up a mic. The problem lies in mics recording everything; all the space around you, the sounds outside your house. With a mic too powerful, it can pick up even the lightest noise. All we want is the music itself.

It's a bit of a convoluted process, true. But while this sounds like it requires technical prowess, the hardest part is obtaining the equipment. If that's not doable, one can be built on the cheap.

What was used was a Sound Blaster 16 sound card, a very old card from 1992. It was placed inside an old MS-DOS appropriate computer. In this case the Pentium MMX. Another great choice would be the Sound Blaster AWE32 CT2760 model. That gem is loaded with features perfect for midis. That was then hooked up straight to a VHS VCR Panasonic NV-HD100. It's hard to find, and once it's found it's pricey. But it can easily fit itself into the music quality sounds of today, even if there isn't a general use for it. It's also great for recording things like vinyl or producing analog sound. Once it was recorded, it was all transferred to a modern computer through a VHS/DVD converter.

It was an absolute blast to go through MS-DOS game music. For those of you who miss that refreshing midi music, try it. Nothing beats playing old school game music on your smartphone.

Jessica Kane is a writer for SoundStage Direct, the number one online source for the best vinyl records and turntables.

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The Lost Vikings: Get them out of alien prison

by George 25. July 2017 06:11

The Lost Vikings is a puzzle game in which player controls three Vikings who are in need of help to come out of the alien prison. Each of the Vikings has different abilities that help them in crisis. All the three were abducted by an alien ship which has them as its prisoners. The game was developed by Silicon & Synapse, now called as the Blizzard entertainment. The game studio Silicon & Synapse was a third party game developer for game machines like the Super Nintendo. Later on, it went on to give finest games like the Warcraft. The instant success of the game owed to the originality and the innovation in the game.

The three Vikings have unique like qualities which make them the best when they are united. The three have escaped the airlock of the spaceship and now are in search of the way home which would be unlocked through various levels. Each of the levels would host different puzzles which make use of the puzzles, keys, switches and traps with enemies. Each of the Viking has to do his own battle and win over to get to his fellows. You can control one Viking at a time, you need to make sure of your plan of not letting any of the Viking killed in the process of helping other survive. Apart from the puzzles that need to be solved, it is your instinct and intellect that would help them survive.

There are 37 levels in the game each with varied difficulties and traps. In most of the times the characters in to be aligned in a particular order to solve the puzzle.The unique abilities of the main characters of the game Erik, Baleog, and Olaf are

Erik: A fast runner than other two and can go smashing through the walls because of his helmet.

Baleog : A skilful Viking in handling the bow and sword.

Olaf : The shield man, blocking enemies He also helps Erik with the shield to jump to heights.

The company originally worked as a third party game developer. This work was initially developed for Nintendo.Later it was developed to other platforms like Amiga, MS-DOS etc. Because of the loyal fan following even after a decade, to make this game accessible it was added as a free download that can run through DOSBox platform.

After two years of the release of this game in 1992, there was a sequel called The Lost Vikings 2

The Lost Vikings is the best fun filled puzzle old DOS game. It gained the love of the gamers because of the characters in the game. The puzzles and challenges you face would increase the thirst of solving puzzles. The best part is that there is no game-over, you can have infinite attempts to get the challenge completed. Although the puzzles would seem to be tedious at times it makes the games more interesting.

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