Online Casino Technologies
Along with the fast paced growth of computer and Internet technologies, online casinos have been improving at a fast rate. This is also due to the sheer number of online casinos in operation, all competing to offer the best gaming experience to players.
Providing the most up to date gaming technology as soon as it is available is the way to beat the ever growing online casino competition. When online casinos first started out, they used basic HTML which was standard at that time. When the Java language and flash technology was introduced to the market, online casinos quickly switched to these improving sounds, graphics, with a wider game selection. Some online casinos have combined online gambling with advanced broadband access and have come up with live online casinos. In these unique casinos, you do not just play against the computer anymore: you play with a real dealer and with other people who are logged in to the same game that you are playing.
In live online casinos roulette was one of the earliest games available as it was quite easy for operators to broadcast such a game. Anyone can make a deposit and bet at a virtual table and then the operators will physically spin a roulette table. Players will receive their corresponding winnings from their bets like in a real casino.
Soon after that, baccarat was played live online as well with the players prohibited from making any decisions while the game is going on. Blackjack though had some trouble transitioning to a live online game because the dealer is required to perform differently for each player depending on their individual decisions.
One of the more interesting development in online casino technology involved getting a live version of poker. The concept involves players using their webcams to broadcast themselves and send out the video data stream to a server which distributes it to the other players. As you can see your opponents' faces in such a format, it is like you are playing with other players at a regular live poker table.
Regular online casinos offer all these games but without live dealers. Recently the last revolution in online gambling was 3D graphics. Aside from viewing your table from different angles, you can also create your own unique player avatar. You can pick its face, hairstyle, clothes, and make it talk with an accent you choose.
The avatar can also express emotions and play tricks. You can even make a digital copy of yourself so that your player would be an good replica of yourself. Overall, this is the most realistic format of all online poker rooms. There are a few disadvantages though and the main one is that it runs slower than regular rooms. It also needs a lot of resources to run. You need 600Mb to install the software and 10Mb per hour while the game is running. Moreover, you could only play at one table at a time.
Right now, the most realistic we could get is through video footage and 3D effects, but there is really no telling what we are going to get in the future. After all, no one could have probably predicted how advanced online gambling would get within the past decade.