Bingo is Around 500 Years Old - How Can Other Games Achieve This Longevity? () 07:17 PM CET - Jan,07 2021
You may find this hard to believe, but bingo has been around for more than 500 years. It all began in Italy in 1530 and spread to the other corners of the world in the centuries after that. Nowadays, the game is more popular than ever and is enjoyed by millions in an online setting. The question is, do any video games have the potential to achieve this same level of success? Or do they typically have a much shorter shelf life?
The Highs and Lows of Bingo’s Journey
Bingo may have existed as a game for five centuries, but it was only in the last one that its playing figures skyrocketed. After World War II, bingo started to spread across the USA, with specialized bingo halls cropping up in almost every city by the 1980s. This period was referred to as the golden age, and by the mid-2000s the game was in decline.
However, bingo managed to bounce back. It was saved from oblivion by the internet, where digitalized versions of the game have made it one of the most popular online pastimes. This has brought about some exciting innovations, which have served to market the game to a much larger audience than ever before. Because of this, there are comparison sites that help players find the sites that are best suited to them.
Sue Dawson from 'Best New Bingo Sites' points out, "Innovations in online bingo have resulted in a confusingly large set of options going way beyond the usual 75 ball and 90 ball forms of the game. Single ticket, multi stake, 36 ball, 52 ball, bingo games with no numbers at all - no wonder players need sites like ours to help them make sense of it all!"
Sequels, Ports, and Remakes Could be Key
In the ever-advancing gaming industry, it is hard for games to stay relevant for a long period of time. A title that was a huge hit on one console may be forgotten about when a new generation is released with state-of-the-art graphics. For this reason, a lot of games rely on sequels and remakes to stay current.
Tomb Raider is one franchise that has existed since PlayStation began and remains popular to this day. Eidos Interactive initially maintained the appeal through sequels, but when Square Enix took over in 2010 the company opted for a full reboot. Whether the adventures of Lara Croft can last for 500 years remains to be seen.
An evergreen puzzle game like Tetris may have a better chance of being enjoyed by audiences a few centuries down the line. This is because it doesn’t rely on graphics or storylines. Instead, the game’s charm is in its simplistic yet addictive nature. The game was first designed by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. It has since been ported to 65 platforms and remains popular to this day.
Developers in the distant future may look back at some of the video games of today and think about how to revitalize them for their current technology. This is what happened with bingo, and the same could be done for options like Tetris. With adventure titles always getting more epic in scale by the year, though, there will always be new and improved titles to challenge the likes of Tomb Raider.