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5 Virtual Ways to Game and Not Just Gamble

There are gaming rooms, there are playstation versions, and yet, this form of virtual gaming has gone unnoticed all along time. My first blog on Gamasutra concentrates on how you could fight the evil out of gambling by using interactive games.

Game Developer

August 19, 2014

3 Min Read

A True To Life Interface

Some of the best game designs come in the form of virtual gambling portals which I have used. The growth of this form of gaming has been steady and although many wonder if the addiction could kill, I have found that there is always a clever way out. 

To Risk or not To Risk?

If you want to get the thrill of gambling without the fear of losing all your money, there are tech-friendly opportunities available for you. You can game in a virtual world without having to worry about going into debt or developing a harmful addiction. Listed below are 5 virtual ways to gamble so you can get the best of both worlds.

Online Gambling: The Call of Eternity

In many states, gambling online is illegal, at least when it comes to using real money. Nevada has loosened those rules recently, but most other states will not allow you to put money on online gambling sites. If you live in Nevada or another state that allows online gambling, you could simply sign up for a website and put money on it like you would in a casino. Otherwise, you'll have to settle for the play without the pay.

You should be able to sign up for a free online casino no matter where you live. Some of these are better than others, depending on what kind of gambling you like to do. Look for a website that fits your favorite game or betting practice, and have as much fun as you want from home.

Games: Awesome Designs

You can buy poker and casino games for just about any video game console, including handheld ones like Nintendo 3DS and Sony PSP. For example, the World Series of Poker has a game out for PSP that allows you to play in realistic tournaments from your gaming device. You may not be able to play against real people in this case, but you will still get a chance to practice your betting and playing styles. If you play on a wireless network, you may be able to connect with the internet and get back to playing other people.

Apps: The Interface Factor

If you have a smartphone or tablet, you could download a gambling app to your device. This will allow you to play against a computer or against other players who have downloaded the app. Applications are usually watered down versions of their online counterparts, but they are more mobile than the ones online. If you want gambling on the go, this is the way to get it.

PC Games: A World Apart

Remember when you used to play games on your computer with that little thing called a CD-ROM? Believe it or not, a lot of people still do this. You can buy CDs with gambling opportunities on them, but you probably won't be able to play other people in this case. Blackjack is one of the most popular computer gambling games on the market today, but you could also play poker, bet on races, and do much more in a virtual world.

Gambling Devices

If all of the options above fail, you can always buy a handheld device that is specifically designed for a certain game you like to play. At most Buffalo Wild Wings locations, you can request a handheld game that will let you play poker and other games against other patrons at the restaurant. This is a good way to get your gaming on without having to pay for an entire device for it.

No matter what your life may be like, there is a way for you to get your gambling fix without having to go to a casino. Consider the options above the next time you feel the need to gamble. 

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