There has long been an interesting synergy between gambling and video games. In fact, today, many online casinos are taking inspiration from video games in order to make their online action more engaging.
Many of the very best video games are those that feature hidden depths – games within a game if you like. That notion has now crossed over into the iGaming industry. 3D slots offer mystery rounds that can multiply earnings and streamed services such as live dealer roulette give players the chance to not only engage with human dealers, but explore other versions of classic table games such as speed roulette, which keep things fresh.
Nevertheless, this article is designed for all the nostalgic video gamers out there who’ve enjoyed setting foot in casino-themed environments on a virtual level. Here are our four most memorable casino-related moments in some of our favourite games franchises of all time:
Red Dead Redemption
In 2010, the makers of the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto franchise, Rockstar Games, developed Red Dead Redemption: set in the early 20th century, when the era of the cowboy was at risk of coming to an end. As you’d expect from a Western-themed video game, there are plenty of casino games to get stuck into, including a few rounds of Texas Hold’em in the bar – and the chance to cheat your way to victory – or a unique dice-based game called Liar’s Dice.
Fallout: New Vegas
The title of the game is a bit of a giveaway, we grant you, but Fallout: New Vegas simply had to be included here. Set in a post-apocalyptic version of Sin City, you’ll roam the Vegas strip to discover the baron remains of Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s not only the setting but the casinos themselves which offer casino gaming action, operated by those who survived the apocalypse – but can you really trust them?!
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
It’s virtually impossible not to think about casino-related video games and not mention Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in the same breath. As protagonist Carl Johnson, you pull off a casino heist in the midst of the Las Venturas desert that Ocean’s Eleven would be proud of, targeting rival mobster, Salvatore Leone. Alright, it doesn’t require you to be good at splitting sevens on the blackjack table, but it’s still immense fun with supremely engaging graphics and audio considering it was developed way back in 2004!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developed by those Polish whizzkids at CD Projekt RED, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt remains one of the most impressive open-world third-person video games in recent years. It received several ‘Game of the Year’ awards from those ‘in the know’ and sold a whopping six million games within a month-and-a-half of its release. In terms of its casino-related gameplay, The Witcher 3 features a card game called ‘Gwent’, which has become a popular side game among fans and a useful feature when navigating between different parts of the open game world. The game itself was simple enough in terms of collecting the strongest possible deck of cards.
One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be really interesting to see how the next generation of video games incorporate casinos and gambling into their storylines. Virtual reality is being used increasingly more and could transport gamers directly into a life-like bricks-and-mortar casino.