Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

A Game For All Seasons


An overall review of online casino software has led me to question the objective behind Microgaming's constant release of new games and titles. Considering the fact that Microgaming Systems is one of the biggest and the leading software provider on the Internet, it is their game which have led to their award-winning reputation in the industry, but this does not explain the phenomenon that occurs every few months.

This occurrence to which I refer is the release of four to five different games from the Microgaming stable, which is rolled out to most of their hi-tech online casinos. The games are mostly Video slots, reel slot machines and Video poker and they add to the already-existing variety of games at these casinos. Fair enough, the profitability of new game launches is a great draw card but apart from that, why else would a perfectly acceptable range of games need to be constantly updated?

One reason behind this could be the change in times. Take for example, the greatly animated, highly exciting 5-reel Tomb Raider Video slot game, it was an excellent marketing tool for many of the casinos that carry this game and for players, it was a chance to really get up, close and personal with the infamous Ms. Lara Croft. Sure this might have added to the entertainment of the casinos and they might have gained access to new players who are seeking the thrill of living out of a "Croft adventure". Apart from the great themes, cheesy music and awesome graphics - what else are these new games offering players that is so appealing?

If you think about it, one could ultimately be aiming for these games because they are new and are unchartered territory, thereby offering players a better chance at the Progressive jackpots, which is usually linked to these new games. Take for instance a recent occurrence at one of the Fortune Lounge Group's casinos where a player won about US$1,100 from playing the newly released Deuces and Joker 50 Play Power Poker, and this was within the first few days of its launch at their casinos.

The flipside to this theory is that Microgaming is just trying to acquire people with different tastes and is applying a bevy of games as the remedy for not getting bored on their casino floors. If this is the case then where would a "child-ish" game like Munchkins fit in?

If this is really to be taken in context of the casino and entertainment market then I cannot clearly recommend a category, as this game is cute and cuddly and very easy to identify with if you've watched the Muppets and the like. It's almost like having Sesame Street on reels and the paylines have quite funny sound effects for the different Scatter and Wild symbols. Granted, Munchkins is quite an interactive Video slot but apart from that, I cannot identify with the theme as an adult and that leads me to question who Microgaming is really trying to target?

Now this leads us back to our very first dilemma. In order for us to get to grips with the aim for all these new game releases, we would have to understand Microgaming's ethos and that is to "always be fast and furious". If this doesn't smell like trying to keep up with consumer tends and a change in times, I don't know what does, and that signals to me that the very reason why you will always find something new to try out when you visit their casinos. In other words as a customer why should we be the ones to shy away from diversity and variety when that's what we shop around for all the time. So I'd suggest that you just sit back and enjoy all the fantastic choices because that's what they're made for.

Lilly Dice is a journalist who writes for Online Gambling Doctor and Online Poker Doctor. Dubbed Lil' Dice on her websites, she has gained experience in the news and entertainment industry and has a background in broadcast and online journalism.


MORE RESOURCES:

New York Times

The Crowded Market for Casino Gambling
New York Times
More than half the population in the Northeast now lives within 25 miles of a casino featuring video lotteries, table games or slot machines, up from about 10 percent a decade ago. As the market grows crowded, many older casinos are declining or going ...
As Casino Business Softens, Atlantic City Promoting Its Non-Gambling ...CBS Local
Lawmakers to consider changing laws to allow casinos outside of Atlantic CityNews 12 New Jersey
Closing of Revel Casino Deals Another Blow to Atlantic CityWall Street Journal
Bloomberg
all 480 news articles »


Casino gambling: Any hope has faded
Foster's Daily Democrat
During a recent editorial board meeting, Gov. Maggie Hassan pooh-poohed the notion that the casino industry is in decline and therefore it is a bad bet for New Hampshire to expand casino gambling. The governor brushed aside our challenge by saying she ...



Grenada casino bill passes first hurdle
Jamaica Gleaner
The bill was piloted by Planning and Economic Affairs Minister Oliver Joseph, who said that the legislation was drafted following a review of the impact of casino gambling on other CARICOM countries. Tourism Minister Alexandria Otway-Noel said that ...

and more »


New Jersey Law Journal

Poll finds majority of New Jersey residents still oppose casino gambling ...
Press of Atlantic City
A majority of state residents continue to oppose expanding casino gambling outside of Atlantic City, according to a new poll, although residents are essentially split on adding casinos to the Meadowlands or Monmouth Park.
Garden State majority opposed to casinos outside Atlantic CityNJ TODAY
Poll: N.J. residents split on gambling outside Atlantic CityPhilly.com
Atlantic City's Summer of '64: Hosting Democratic convention turned into ...The Star-Ledger
WABC-TV
all 138 news articles »


Chalkbeat Colorado

Ballot measure to allow casino gambling at racetracks gets green light
The Denver Post
A measure proposing to legalize casino gambling at the Arapahoe Park racetrack in Aurora received the green light Monday from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler to appear on the November ballot. Based on a random sample of the 136,800 ...
Initiative #135 would legalize casinos at racetracks: Yea or neigh?Westword (blog)

all 8 news articles »


Investing in Casino Gambling
Wealth Daily
Anyone who has spent any amount of time at a casino — whether a brick-and-mortar locality or an online gaming site — knows that the odds always favor the house. After all, gaming companies wouldn't be in business for long if they didn't retain an ...

and more »


Dog racing, once doomed and propped up by casino gambling, comes to ...
al.com
MIAMI, Florida -- A mural-sized photograph at Flagler Dog Track celebrates the good old days, decades gone: Men and women in their finest clothes lean against the fence to catch a glimpse of the greyhounds, the stands emblazoned with red, white and ...



Casino gambling in Myrtle Beach unlikely, SC politicians say
The State
MYRTLE BEACH — Every few years, you can bet on hearing the renewed debate about casinos possibly coming to the Grand Strand. Those who support casinos say that the facilities would boost tourism to those who are looking to gamble while opponents ...

and more »


News 12 New Jersey

Racetracks push for casino gambling in plan to bring new life to racing
News 12 New Jersey
State horse racing operators are pushing for casino gambling to come to the racetracks, giving gamblers more ways to place bets. (7/29/14). EAST RUTHERFORD - State horse racing operators are pushing for casino gambling to come to the racetracks, giving ...



4 Reasons Blackjack Remains the World's Favorite Casino Gambling Game
Blackjack Champ
The casino gambler has almost unlimited options at their disposal. Given that, why is blackjack the most popular game? When most of us think of casinos, we think of the classic European table game of blackjack. Sure, there are other popular options ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.