For millennials raised on interactive and virtual reality(VR) games, playing at the slot machines on an online casino is a bit like stepping back in time. Even with the interactive 3D types of slots and the i-slots, which feature a specific storyline with each slot, the graphics, animation and interactive levels are far below the VR games these players grew up with.
This has led to a concern in both real casinos as well as online casinos. While people may be going to Las Vegas in record numbers, casinos on the strip and in other areas around the world are not seeing an increase in gamblers in the house; rather their numbers are steadily dropping.
To bring millennials into the casinos both the brick and mortar casinos as well as the online casinos, there is a push to provide VR types of hybrid games. These games will be multi-player, interactive and have a skills-based component along with the ability to wager and win.
The opportunity to move into virtual casinos and virtual multi-player types of games through online casinos is a direct result of the demand for the more interactive and immersive types of experiences.
There are a few virtual casinos available today, and they are very much like a hybrid video game and traditional casino blend. Players can choose an avatar and even customize it to suit their style and fashion preferences. They can then wander through a virtual casino and interact with the staff as well as with the casino itself.
During the games, which can be more like traditional online casino games but with a more immersive and enhanced play option, players can interact with each other as well as with the virtual dealers. Players will also be able to get up and walk away from the game, moving through a casino in the virtual environment.
One of the biggest differences in the virtual casino experience in the future will be the inclusion of a completely new genre of online casino games. These will be more like multi-player video games with a skill based component that allows for variable payouts on the games.
In these games, which can be role-playing games, virtual skill-based card games as well as traditional types of board games , players and the game itself are literally brought to life.
While this isn't going to happen overnight, or even in the near future, people like Mark Zuckerberg are indicating in the next decade these are going to be the games you will find at online casinos as standard offerings for players.