Not content with creating masterpieces in traditional gaming genres such as RPGs, shooters, strategy and sports, console game developers have occasionally dipped their toes into the gambling waters by creating highly entertaining poker titles. But are they right to be straying into gambling territory? Or should they stick to creating mega-hit titles like the latest incarnation of FIFA, which continues to prove popular, per https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/sep/26/fifa-19-review?
Multi-billion pound industry
This foray into the world of online gambling comes as no surprise; after all, the sector accounts for more than a third of the £14 billion wagered in the UK every year.
However, there is one glaring difference between console poker games and those that can be played at online casinos and bookmakers’ poker websites such as that offered by Paddy Power at https://poker.paddypower.com/ – the lack of playing for real money.
Playing for fun can only take a poker game so far. True poker fans will always seek out real cash games and that is where the console games fall short. Yes, they look great and can provide hours of entertainment in their own right, but the biggest thrill in poker comes from laying down some cash and landing the winning hand.
So what is the point of console poker games? Well, for starters, everyone has to learn somewhere and these games are a great way to get acquainted with the game of poker. In games such as Pure Hold’em, players can compete in a live multiplayer environment or chose to take on the AI. Either way, it is a fun way to get to know poker without parting with a penny, aside from the price of the game and console etc.
Another redeeming feature of console poker games is the graphics. Some of the games look really good and do a great job of bringing the tension and atmosphere of the poker table to your screen, despite the lack of real money on the table.
Anyone who has played the 2010 game Wild West game Red Dead Redemption, described as a leap forward by the BBC, per www.bbc.com/news/av/newsbeat-45959083/red-dead-redemption-2-a-leap-forward-for-rockstar, would have discovered the game’s free-for-all poker tournament which is hosted in a dim and dusty room and played on a rickety old table. The graphics are amongst the best of any online poker game and really make you feel like you are back in the Wild West playing for your life.
This game also has the benefit that any virtual money you win can be spent elsewhere in the world, making it one of the most rewarding console poker experiences. However, the lack of special features and the predictability of the characters still leave it wanting when compared to real money poker games.
The big question will be whether developers will look to create a new genre of games that combine the best elements of the console poker games with those available on online gaming websites. The fields of video gaming and online casinos have been moving ever close in recent years and it has been predicted by some that a permanent relationship will form at some point. In the meantime, if you really want an authentic poker experience, nothing compares to joining a real money online game.
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