As time has gone by the game of bingo has remained much the same. Sure, every now and then some maverick has attempted to revolutionize the experience in some way or other but after all is said and done the game is pretty much as it was centuries ago.
It has been through the use of technology that many have tried to change the game. In recent years, we have seen it being jazzed up and turned into a fast paced graphic intensive game by numerous app creators. Often the game has been given many different levels and has presumably been intended to capture the attention of those who normally play games in the action category.
When bingo first became popular in around 1995 the game took a very simple format, which interestingly, is pretty much exactly the same way it looks today.
In the online sphere we have seen the invention of live presenter bingo which has been made available online and via the television. At first this seemed like a good idea and a clever way to emulate the success of bingo with a traditional caller, but probably due to costs and accessibility issues, the online version was a flop.
On a slightly similar theme to the online presenter version of the game we have also witnessed the launch of ‘webcam’ bingo. The novel idea here was that in order to enhance the community element of the game, when a player wins their webcam would take a ‘selfie’ of them and display it to other players. The reasons for why this had the potential to be a great idea were plentiful, as were unfortunately, the concepts flaws. Webcam bingo proved very quickly to be a flop.
In the much more recent years the bingo game has been adapted to be playable on mobile devices. Presumably millions of pounds have been spent on the adaptation of various software setups to bring bingo to smartphones, tablets and a smorgasbord of other modern, mobile, devices.
It seems beyond doubt that very soon all bingo brands are going to have a mobile offering for their customers. At this moment the quality of these are very varied. As of yet it seems that nobody has really done a particularly great job of overcoming the limitations presented by mobile devices inherently having a much smaller screen size.
If you find yourself away from your laptop computer there are certain sites, which we suggest you try before others. Here is a list of new mobile bingo sites, remember to check regularly as these sites are currently being launched on an almost weekly basis.
This is an exciting time for the game of bingo, as we said originally, the game has changed very little over the centuries, but what has changed is the way we access it. Most notably the Internet has presented the biggest change in access but the television has also played its part.
It will be extremely interesting to observe which future technologies emerge and influence the way in which we play the game. Our prediction is that the limited changes to the game itself are testament to the strength of the original version which people have become enamoured with over the centuries. We don’t expect this stubborn mule to make any changes soon.