Published on February 26th, 2014 | by John I.0
How technology has benefited the bingo industry
Bingo has come a long way in the past century and today it’s more popular than ever as you can play it online. With the expansion of computer technology the biggest technological innovation in the past twenty years was the introduction of electronic daubing (computerised drawing of numbers) and today its elevated through online gaming with electronic random number generators are now common place in most jurisdictions.
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Only a few years ago bingo had developed a bit of a poor reputation for itself as being an old person’s game, but now it’s online, and crucially mobile, it’s played by people of all ages in all walks of life.
Whereas bingo used to be a game that required a good degree of hush from all the players involved, that’s all changed now the game has gone online. In a bingo hall you’d have to keep quiet so that everyone could have the same chance of hearing the number calls as they were made, so that they could quickly mark any matching numbers on their card and be the first to shout ‘bingo’. Now though, the software automatically marks the numbers off as the game goes through and so there’s no need to concentrate as much. This frees players up to do other things while their bingo cards are in play and one of the most popular ways to spend that time is to chat to other players online in the bingo chat rooms.
This means that online bingo is much more interactive than the original format. You have access to the chat rooms linked to the game that you’re playing so you can share the excitement of playing with other players who have a stake in the same game. Of course, you don’t just have to talk about the game in play; topics under discussion in the bingo chat rooms can include anything under the sun. There’s always a chat moderator to keep everyone in the room happy and they introduce chat games as well, where you might win further prizes or entry to other bingo games.
The fact that online bingo is a new social outlet is one reason why it’s so popular. Another reason is that same that it’s always been – bingo is great value for money. Games cost so little to play that you can play for hours at a time without spending much at all, and you never know when your luck might bring you a big win.
Once you’re a depositing player on a bingo site, you also get access to free bingo games that are on the site schedule as well and, even though the games cost nothing to play, you could still stand to win cash prizes.
Now that sites like Costa Bingo also have games that can be played on a mobile phone, the options for when and where you play bingo have become even wider. Bingo is a great choice for a commuter game as you don’t need peace and quiet to play, and you don’t need to give the game a lot of thought – the outcome will be what it will be and there’s nothing you can do to influence that.
Today, it’s impossible to foresee the next technological development for the game of bingo, but one thing seems certain; this game will be around for a good many years to come.