06th Sep2019

Are Online Games Overtaking Board Games?

by James Smith

There’s been a continuous battle between those who prefer board games and those who prefer online gaming for quite some time now. While there are many pros and cons for both, rumours are flying around that online games are overtaking board games in popularity. That’s especially the case in Japan, where many players are turning to online games from their more traditional counterparts. In this post, we’ll take a look at the different types of games and how they compare to one another.

Online Gambling

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A large part of the online game industry that’s specifically risen in popularity is that of online gambling. Over the last five years, thanks to an increase in internet speeds, online gambling has grown exponentially. Compared to when they were first launched, there’s no longer a need for massive downloads. In addition to this, the actual quality of online casinos and games have increased ten-fold. More recently, the introduction of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) has slowly made its way into the world of online casino games, providing a more immersive gaming experience. Casino apps have also seen a massive rise in consumers, with many opting to place their bets on there instead of the traditional betting shops.

There are also a lot of casinos who offer deals to get you started. These include deals such as ‘no deposit required’. This is a deal that allows you to start playing instantly without having to enter your card details. There is so much choice when it comes to online casinos and it can be quite difficult to choose the right one for you. It’s therefore always best to do your research before joining any online casino and be aware of any hidden clauses before you start playing.

Board Games

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First and foremost, board games have a certain nostalgic charm about them, don’t they? From Monopoly to The Game of Life, there’s plenty of games that have stood the test of time. However, as time has moved on board games been left behind with such a focus on technology. Those times are over though, as game developers are now circling back to board games. And, in recent times, the quality of new games has skyrocketed. The global board games market is currently worth over $3.2 billion and is predicted to rise to $8.12 billion by 2021. Ironically, the internet has brought a lot of competition for board games but has also helped their growth. With board games becoming more discoverable and crowdfunding capabilities available to game developers, more games can be brought to life.

Online Games

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With the rise of technology, the option to play with your friends online, regardless of where they are, has become a reality. There’s also been a rise in YouTube channels where people can watch others play games. This is something that’s skyrocketed in popularity so much so that YouTube gamers are now going on arena tours. Additionally, online play has enabled games to maximise their longevity for gamers. With add-ons, in-depth RPGs and extensions, there are so many options to choose from if you want to maximise your online gaming experience. One of the biggest leaps forward for the online gaming world was the rise of mobile devices and the development of apps. Now, anyone with a smartphone and access to Wi-Fi can play an endless supply of games on the go.
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