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Best Retro-Style Games Of 2016
2016 was鈥 Difficult. I won鈥檛 go into detail here, I鈥檓 sure you鈥檙e all sick of hearing about how terrible and dreadful and no-good the last year was, so suffice to say, the tragic death of a beloved gorilla was the least bad thing that happened in the last 365 days. But hey, on the plus side, at least we got some pretty damn good retro games! The retro renaissance may have passed, but that still doesn鈥檛 mean we鈥檙e not going to get some titles which truly channel the spirit of the past or give modern concepts that good old 90s spin! I played a lot of retro-style games in 2016, and unfortunately a lot that I really liked (such as 鈥淐rypt of the NecroDancer鈥 and 鈥淒arkest Dungeon鈥) didn鈥檛 quite make the cut, for one reason or another, but the three that I ended up picking are utterly fantastic! They鈥檙e classics such as:
3. Salt amp; Sanctuary
You love 鈥淒ark Souls鈥, right? Of course you do, who doesn鈥檛 like 鈥淒ark Souls鈥? Well, have you ever looked at 鈥淒ark Souls鈥 and said to yourself 鈥淗mm, yeah, I mean, this is pretty great, but you know what would make it better? If it was in 2D, with retro pixel graphics鈥? Well, the guys over at Ska Studios definitely did, and bless them for it! This game is often referred to on the Internet as a 2D 鈥淒ark Souls鈥, but its unique perspective provides a completely different style of gameplay which requires you to think in a very new way. And sure, it also has its fair share of challenges (the absence of a map, while not that noticeable in 鈥淒ark Souls鈥, can be very confusing in 鈥淪alt amp; Sanctuary鈥 because of the lack of reference points), but honestly, if you like the brutal hack amp; slash series, you鈥檒l like its 2D iteration too, and if for some completely unexplainable reason you don鈥檛, then maybe all you need is a change of perspective!
2. Mother Russia Bleeds
I love this game. I love this game. I grew up on 2D brawlers like 鈥淕olden Axe鈥, 鈥淪treets of Rage鈥 and 鈥淢aximum Carnage鈥, and as some of you may know, one of my most favorite games of all time is 鈥淗otline Miami鈥, which I鈥檓 always ready to talk to you about. So the guys at 鈥淟a Cartel Studios鈥 were like 鈥淪crew it, let鈥檚 just combine these two and make all of Oliver the Retro Guy鈥檚 dreams come true!鈥 And boy, am I glad they did. The game is exactly as awesome as it sounds! It鈥檚 delightfully messed up, with creepy, twisted and violent visuals that are able to remain dark while still being completely over the top. Its controls are tight and responsive, and when you die it鈥檚 always your own fault, not to mention the awesome new 鈥淣ekro鈥 mechanic brings a whole new element that鈥檚 not found often in 2D brawlers. Add to that what鈥檚 probably the best soundtrack of the year and you鈥檝e got a winner!
1. Stardew Valley
I fell in love with 鈥淢other Russia Bleeds鈥. I really, really did. It鈥檚 one of my best games of the year, period. But鈥 How could I not give the number 1 spot to 鈥淪tardew Valley鈥, a quiet, peaceful game about farming made by one person which, nonetheless, managed to capture the hearts of gamers worldwide? Don鈥檛 get me wrong, the game is fantastic 鈥 its writing is on-point (even though there鈥檚 no story to speak of), its atmosphere is spot-on for a relaxing game that will always bring a smile to your face, its mechanics are well-thought out and well-implemented, there鈥檚 a lot to do in the game already, with even more things already being added鈥 But the fact that, on its own, 鈥淪tardew Valley鈥 is fantastic isn鈥檛 the reason why it鈥檚 on the list. The reason why it鈥檚 there is because this game, which, again, was made by just one guy (Eric Barone), managed to top Steam鈥檚 charts and become the ONLY 2D game to make in the top 40 best-selling PC games of 2016. Wow. Despite starting out as a tribute to the classic farming series 鈥淗arvest Moon鈥, I think it鈥檚 fair to say that in many ways 鈥淪tardew Valley鈥 surpasses it, and I can鈥檛 wait to see what else the developer has in store for us!
January 9, 2017
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Are We Seeing The End Of Retro Culture?
Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, retro culture seemed EVERYWHERE! We were getting retro game after retro game after retro game, various old properties that were famous in the 80s and 90s such as 鈥淭ransformers鈥 and 鈥淕I Joe鈥 came back for an encore to astounding success, hell, even music genres that were popular 20-30 years ago (such as techno and disco) began seeing a resurgence! For a while, it was all about retro, retro, retro, prompting many people to jokingly ask 鈥淲hat year is it?鈥 when faced with so much media that would鈥檝e felt right at home a few decades ago. Games like 鈥淪hovel Knight鈥 and 鈥淪uper Meat Boy鈥 look and feel like they came from a different era, while other titles such as 鈥淗otline Miami鈥, 鈥淩etro City Rampage鈥 and 鈥淔EZ鈥 are filled with so much love for the 80s and 90s that one just can鈥檛 help but feel nostalgic for days gone by when playing them. The same goes for movies and TV shows 鈥 鈥淒rive鈥, which directly inspired the aforementioned 鈥淗otline Miami鈥, would feel right at home if it was released as an 80s low budget pulp thriller, and then of course there鈥檚 the smash hit series 鈥淪tranger Things鈥, which is essentially the 80s Stephen King adaptation that never was. And this is without listing the dozens upon dozens of revivals of franchises from our past, such as 鈥淪tar Trek鈥, 鈥淧lanet of the Apes鈥, 鈥淭erminator鈥, 鈥淩obocop鈥, 鈥淭eenage Mutant Ninja Turtles鈥 and many, many more.
But in the last few years, the wave of retro things seems to have stopped. I mean, don鈥檛 get me wrong, there鈥檚 still occasionally an awesome retro-inspired project that catches our attention (such as 鈥淪tranger Things鈥, as well as Oscar nominee 鈥淢ad Max: Fury Road鈥), but for the most part the media just seems to have moved on from this trend. Looking at the list of upcoming videogames for 2017, for example, only two of the announced games have a retro inspiration 鈥 鈥淪henmue III鈥 and the Castlevania-inspired 鈥淏loodstained: Ritual of the Night鈥, both of which were brought to life thanks to the original franchises鈥 creators asking for fan support on Kickstarter for one last hurrah. The same goes for movies 鈥 the majority of movies that are coming out in the next few years are part of established franchises, with the few that bank on nostalgia (e.g. 鈥淭rolls鈥) being very far in between. Why is that?
One of the biggest reasons why studios are being more cautious with retro stuff is because they鈥檙e simply not as profitable as they once were. Let鈥檚 look at two of the most anticipated retro products of 2016 鈥 the 鈥淕hostbusters鈥 remake and the game 鈥淢ighty No. 9鈥. 鈥淕hostbusters鈥, despite a very controversial marketing approach from the studio which sought the help of vocal feminists to label everyone who disliked the movie as a misogynist, still only made $226 million on a $144 million budget, and while initially that may seem pretty great, keep in mind that the budget listed here is only for production and doesn鈥檛 include the massive marketing campaign, so the real estimate should be close to about $300 million cost, which means that 鈥淕hostbusters鈥 actually lost money. While I don鈥檛 have any sales numbers for 鈥淢ighty No. 9鈥, I do have its reviews, and, as I鈥檝e mentioned before, they鈥檙e not that great, with an average score of around 5/10.
But the lack of success for these otherwise massively high profile projects is only a symptom, not a cause. In order to be able to properly answer the question of why retro is not doing too well and gradually disappearing, we need to discover just why it was popular in the first place. And the reason for that is simple 鈥 the people who were kids in the 80s and 90s were adults in the 2000s, with disposable incomes. Thanks to the Internet, their nostalgia for the shows they watched and games they played as children reached the ears of the people who actually have the power to bring them back, and so they did. But as the market got saturated by these 鈥渞etro鈥 properties, a HUGE number of which weren鈥檛 really all that great at all (I genuinely fail to think of a single movie reboot of an 80s property that was any good, and many independent game makers opted to use 鈥渞etro鈥 graphics for their games to cut costs even when they weren鈥檛 appropriate). Today, we鈥檝e got our fair share of retro stuff, and we don鈥檛 want any more. Instead of looking at the past, we鈥檙e looking at the future.
In 2008, 鈥淚ron Man鈥 blew people鈥檚 minds with the promise of a shared universe between numerous movie franchises, but it wasn鈥檛 until 2012 when 鈥淭he Avengers鈥 hit that this promise was actually fulfilled, and we saw the heroes of 4 movies teaming up to stop a bigger threat. Since then, we鈥檝e learned what the Marvel Cinematic Universe holds for us all the way up until 2019, and the same can be said for the DC Extended Universe, which started in 2011 with 鈥淢an of Steel鈥. Numerous studios are announcing their projects way ahead of time, sometimes without even having a star or a director (we had a release date for a 鈥淐aptain Marvel鈥 movie way before ANYONE had signed on to work on it). Hell, even franchises based on nostalgic properties, such as 鈥淴-Men鈥, 鈥淪tar Trek鈥 and 鈥淪tar Wars鈥 are announcing massive cinematic universes spanning the rest of the decade. Perhaps the reason why retro isn鈥檛 as prevalent today as it was in the past is because audiences have stopped looking towards the past and have begun looking at the future.
September 15, 2016
Oliver
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Retro Games You May Not Have Tried
Today on RetroRaunch we鈥檙e doing something a little bit different! Retro has always been in our name, and gaming has always been in our blood 鈥 so I think it鈥檚 absolutely time for us to talk about retro games! Honestly, I鈥檓 rather surprised that we鈥檝e never mentioned them before, especially considering just how popular retro gaming is these days. I mean, seriously, everywhere you turn you see people playing retro games or playing games inspired by retro games! It鈥檚 insane! Just a few days ago we saw the release of 鈥淢ighty No. 9鈥, a, sadly, very disappointing game inspired by the classic 鈥淢ega Man鈥 franchise and made by the same guy who created 鈥淢ega Man鈥! Additionally, we鈥檝e had games like 鈥淎xiom Verge鈥 which pay tribute to 鈥淢etroid鈥, 鈥淵ooka Laylee鈥 which pays tribute to classic 鈥淩are鈥 platformers, and 鈥淗otline Miami鈥, which is basically the NES game that every kid wanted to play. My point is that everyone remembers the classics and tries to emulate them鈥 But what about the retro games which flew under the radar? What about the ones that you don鈥檛 see tributes of? Well, you can see this article as my little tribute to two games from my childhood which you may not have tried, but should!
Shadow of the Ninja
What if I told you that the best ninja-themed game on the NES isn鈥檛 actually 鈥淣inja Gaiden鈥? It鈥檚 true, I swear! While 鈥淣inja Gaiden鈥 was quite revolutionary, with its tight difficulty and awesome cutscenes, I don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 nearly as fun or imaginative as 鈥淪hadow of the Ninja鈥! The story is simple 鈥 in the future, an evil dictator has taken over the US and turned it into a dystopia. You play as a ninja who emerged from the shadows intent on stopping the dictator鈥檚 army of robots and cyborgs and eventually sticking a blade straight through his heart! The levels are incredibly diverse and imaginative, and they actually tell a coherent narrative as you start off on the ship which takes you to the US (from Japan, I presume), move through the docks and make your way to the dictator鈥檚 fortress. The bosses are truly some of the best, most creative I鈥檝e ever seen in an NES game, and the music, dear lord, the music鈥 I actually still have the boss theme as my ringtone, no joke! And you know what the best part is? You can go through the entire game in co-op mode, 鈥淐ontra鈥-style! If that hasn鈥檛 won you over, nothing will!
Final Fantasy Adventure
As amazing as the early Final Fantasies were, their storylines were fairly typical for the time 鈥 you rescue a princess, you break a curse, you take down an evil bad guy鈥 It鈥檚 standard fare for an NES title, just told with lots of text. It wasn鈥檛 until the series went into the SNES era that the games truly started telling unique and interesting stories鈥 Right? Well, nope! One of the best stories in a 鈥淔inal Fantasy鈥 game was actually on Game Boy, of all places! I won鈥檛 reveal much about the story, but suffice to say, it actually came close to making me cry more than once 鈥 that鈥檚 not a dramatic overstatement, it鈥檚 the absolute truth! The music is AMAZING, especially considering that the Game Boy鈥檚 audio chip wasn鈥檛 that good, and the open world is the biggest in any other game (yes, even 鈥淧okemon鈥). And if you wanted even more proof about how awesome this game is, it got a direct sequel as a little game that you might have heard of called 鈥淪ecret of Mana鈥. Yep, you heard that right, folks 鈥 one of the best SNES games of all time actually borrowed many of its mechanics and story elements from a Game Boy title! I wouldn鈥檛 blame you for wanting to experience the game after learning this, but since the Game Boy cart can be a bit expensive, I recommend that you pick up the remake, 鈥淎dventure of Mana鈥, on Android, iOS and PS Vita. It鈥檚 the same game, just with updated graphics!
July 8, 2016
Oliver
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Online Gambling 鈥 Facts #038; Misconceptions
Let鈥檚 take a break from our typical articles about retro stuff and videogames (please don鈥檛 boo me) and talk a little bit about one of my all-time most beloved activities 鈥 online gambling! If you鈥檝e ever doubted my love for it, all you had to do was scroll down and look at some of the other articles I鈥檝e written on the subject. Indeed, RetroRaunch was, at one point, strictly casino-themed before I began expanding into other territories! Shocking, but a fact nonetheless! I鈥檝e got to be honest 鈥 I was inspired by a couple of other articles and videos I recently saw online on some sites and blogs hosted by my friends and thought I鈥檇 give it my own spin! With that said, let鈥檚 not waste any more time and get right down to it!
FACT: Online Gambling Industry Is HUGE!
In the UK alone, the online gambling industry has an estimated economic footprint of 拢5 billion, and that鈥檚 just in one country! It鈥檚 hard to calculate exactly how profitable the industry is worldwide, considering that not every country where online gambling is legal announces its profits from it, but generally experts estimate that the number exceeds $50 billion. That鈥檚 actually pretty close to the profits of other big industries, such as Hollywood! Keep in mind that we鈥檙e talking pure profits here, not earnings.
FICTION: Most Online Casinos Are Fake
Actually, online casinos have little reason to be fake 鈥 they鈥檇 be a lot more successful if they manage to hook their players over a long period of time rather than if they just drain them instantly. And besides, creating a fake business is, you know, pretty illegal in more or less every single country in the world, so, you know, there鈥檚 that! To make sure everybody鈥檚 playing fair, there鈥檚 independent organizations such as eCOGRA which test not only the various casinos, but also the games that are available in the casinos and then post the results online for everyone to see. If a game was rigged to assure you wouldn鈥檛 win, you鈥檇 know it!
FACT: You Can Get Help While Playing Online Casino
If you want to be good at blackjack or roulette, then it鈥檚 simple 鈥 all you have to do is buy a book or twelve, study everything you can and then hit the casino, but since online gambling is so different there鈥檚 not much you can do about it, right? Well, there may not be many books that you can buy, but there鈥檚 plenty of sites you can visit which are going to help you out! toponlinecasino.org.uk, for instance, is great for both beginners who are looking for a good place to start and for more experienced players in need of some new knowledge. This example gives lots of insight on how to play roulette online properly.
FICTION: Online Casino Is Impersonal
It鈥檚 true that there鈥檚 nothing quite like visiting a real casino with a group of close friends and spending a fun night there together, but online casinos still manage to capture at least part of the human interactions, if you know where to look. The so-called Live Casino allows you to play against a real, human dealer who鈥檚 being broadcast live to you over the Internet, and will thus respond to your commands and even your chat messages!
May 19, 2016
Oliver
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Need a Break? Check this Game Out!
Well hello everyone, how have you been? Did you miss me? I confess to having been a bit lazy at the start of this year, but hey! Better late than never as they say (I always respond with 鈥淏etter on time than late鈥 but not when it comes to myself鈥bviously). Anyway. So! I am sure if the holiday season has hit you even half as hard as it did me, you will appreciate the game I am about to share with you. Nope, it is not casino related, not even gambling related, it is just fitting for a nice little break I think we all deserve from time to time whilst contemplating our next move.
Let鈥檚 get to business. You must have had one of those #8220;Stop the planet, I need to get off #8221; days. The good news is #8211; now you can make your own little (or big?) planet with this fantastic game. The even better news #8211; you don #8217;t even need to download something #8211; just loads in your browser and you #8217;re good to go! You can also download the game to your desktop to enjoy a faster and smoother experience! The creator #8211; Oskar St氓lberg 鈥 is a 3D animator (his tumblr is totally worth checking out, some crazy stuff there, see for yourself http://oskarstalberg.tumblr.com/).
Once it loads, you will start with an empty planet. You can pick the size you want and start adding different textures 鈥 glass, ice, bricks, forests, water 鈥 you name it. You can really get lost for hours changing, building and rebuilding towns or wilderness. The game is quite simple 鈥 there is no strategy or development 鈥 just building and destroying things but then I have to admit I find that quite relaxing. Once you are happy with your creation you can sit back and just watch it peacefully float in space. I have to confess to quietly getting addicted to having it there in the background whilst I鈥檓 waiting for my numbers to come out on bingo or during those heart-wrenching moments waiting for the roulette wheel聽to stop spinning. Certainly recommend it, if you don鈥檛 get as far as me in playing it, you will still for sure have some fun at least trying! Go give it a go and let me know how it went. I will be on the lookout for more interesting stuff from the world of online e-gaming and gambling for you. See you soon!
February 2, 2016
Oliver
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Russia Builds Large Casino Resort In #8230; Sibera?
I #8217;d really love to see how THIS one happened #8230; Apparently someone somewhere, probably while sipping on vodka (there #8217;s no way a sober man can possibly come up with this) said 芒鈧揌ey, you know what part of Russia needs a large casino resort? The far east, right next to North Korea芒鈧, and someone else was like 芒鈧揝ure, that sounds like a great idea芒鈧, and then a bunch of more people agreed to it and began constructing a casino in one of the harshest environments on the planet. This can #8217;t possibly be the best way to do it, can it? Either way, it #8217;s officially happening, and Vladivostok will become the host of a huge hotel and casino resort with about 800 slot machines and twice as many vodka bottles on the shelves around them.
In fairness, this isn #8217;t the only big construction project to hit Siberia in the last couple of years. Russia has been attempting to 芒鈧搑evitalize芒鈧 the region for quite a while (which has plenty of resources, but almost no one there to take advantage of them 芒鈧 probably because in January the temperature falls to -18 degrees Celsius, and even in summer it never goes up to more than 20 degrees. Russia is hoping that these projects will add some positives to counterbalance the negatives of the harsh weather and remoteness of the area, offering huge visa exemptions and tax benefits to investors willing to build there.
The genius behind this construction is none other than Macau gambling tycoon Lawrence Ho (owner of casino company Summit Ascent), who has decided to invest half a billion dollars into the casino which would gradually rise up to $900 million as construction progresses. Yes, you heard right 芒鈧 Mr. Ho has decided to invest almost a billion dollars in constructing a casino in Siberia, of all places. Then again, maybe I #8217;m wrong in thinking that this is a bad idea. After all, as Eric Landheer (director of corporate finance in Summit Ascent) says, there #8217;s over 300 million people living less than a 3 hour flight away from Vladivostok, so with the right push this could attract quite a lot of attention from both Russia and China, as well as Japan and South Korea (where gambling is illegal). Attracting the Chinese market seems like a particularly wise idea 芒鈧 as Macau has shown us, Chinese businessmen give a whole new definition to the term 芒鈧揾igh rollers芒鈧, and now that Macau #8217;s recent crackdowns have scared a lot of the gamblers away Russia could become their new home. The question is, would a casino be enough to warrant a vacation to one of the coldest inhabited places on the planet? I suppose it all depends on just how good the casino resort, titled 芒鈧揟igre de Cristal芒鈧, will turn out to be, and also how many other notable tourist attractions will join it in the region.
October 13, 2015
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The Coronation Street Phenomenon
Friends come and go, family members may go to college or simply move away, but Coronation Street is here to stay, ladies and gents! Holding nearly 200 nominations and 147 awards, such as #8216;Best Soap #038; Continuing Drama #8217;, #8216;Best Storyline #8217;, #8216;Spectacular Scene of the Year #8217; and whatever not, Coronation Street has turned itself into a real phenomenon. Let #8217;s have a look at its story, its almost not-gonna-happen beginnings and the world records it holds. Yeah, you read that right 芒鈧 Guinness World Records!
Corrie Almost Didn #8217;t See the Light of Broadcast
Coronation Street or Corrie, as its friends call it, is a British soap opera that first aired on September 9, 1960. Although it was not expected to survive for more than 3 weeks, as it was forecasted by Daily Mirror columnist Ken Irwin, this television show has been airing for nearly 55 years and it has no intention of going anywhere.
The idea was conceived by Tony Warren at Granada Television and it was initially rejected by the Baron 芒鈧 Sidney Lewis Bernstein, founder of the Granada Group. Later on, they station agreed to produce 13 pilot episodes. Much to everyone #8217;s surprise, the British public took to it like duck to water and within 6 months, Coronation Street became the most watched show on British stations and is now considered to be a part of British culture, in which even Prince Charles made an appearance.
Guinness World Records
A truly unusual record that the soap indirectly holds and perhaps the funniest one is for, get this: #8216;Largest Set of Bingo Balls #8217; that Gala Bingo used on the set of Coronation Street Tour, during the Male Cancer Awareness Charity Campaign. That #8217;s right, we are talking about bingo, because if there #8217;s something that we love as much as we love Coronation Street, that #8217;s bingo games! And if you put the two of them together, do you know what you get? An exclusive Virtue Fusion creation, that combines the two hallmarks of entertainment for Brits of just about all ages 芒鈧 over 18, of course. The Virtue Fusion platform has created this dedicated bingo room for fans of this soap opera and it is has been a real hit ever since its launch.
The most impressive record that Coronation Street holds is for #8216;Longest Running TV Soap Opera #8217;. The drama serial made it in the Guinness Book of Records after the announcement that the TV show #8216;As the World Turns #8217; would be cancelled by September 2009, making way for Coronation Street to grab its place in UK and world history. The second world record is held by William Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the very beginning. He still holds the record for the #8216;Longest-serving Soap Actor #8217;, although allegations that he strenuously denied got him arrested and suspended from the show for one year. In 2014 he was cleared and all charges were dropped and he re-appeared on screen on August 4 of the same year.
September 8, 2015
Oliver
Bingo
Flaunt Your Winnings On Live TV for a Real-Casino Feel
Ever get the feeling that playing virtual casino games doesn #8217;t quite scratch that itch? Or perhaps you are one of those people that love to have other people cheer for them when they win, otherwise it doesn #8217;t quite feel like a win? If so, have I got news for you! If you miss the real-casino feel, there is a way for you to get all you love about brick and mortar casinos, without ever having to put a tie on or even be decently dressed and see your name on TV in the same time. Or, should I say #8230; username. How, you ask? Bare with me, I #8217;m getting there.
Ever heard of Supercasino? No, it #8217;s not the Superman of online casinos, although it might as well be. But what it is for sure is the first operator to offer Live games in real time on Live television, with some really friendly real-life dealers. Real enough for you? Never heard of it, you say? Well, truth be told, I hadn #8217;t heard of them either, until I saw one of their broadcasts and that was it! I was hooked! The way this works is players place their bets over the phone, the desktop or the mobile platform on the Live Roulette tables and it is all broadcasted in real-time on Channel 5 and the winners of every spin are announced on a big TV-screen.
Although they only feature Live Roulette during the Channel 5 broadcast, Supercasino also offers Live blackjack and 4 other variations, as I recently found out from an article on Supercasino, reviewed by bestonlineblackjack.com. And believe me when I say that that #8217;s not all they have going for them. Not by a long shot! And while their live broadcast is what actually won me over and caught my attention in the first place, I have to admit that their overall mark is a pretty high one, even by my standards. I mean, they have loads of first deposit offers, cash giveaways and many others means of being quids in right from the get-go, and that #8217;s always an appealing characteristic.
Mobile users seem to be also privileged at Supercasino, as they get to not only play live games, but they can also take part in the Channel 5 broadcast. And from what I #8217;ve seen so far, it runs smoothly and error-free on most devices. Another feature that is a lot to my liking is the fact that you can place your bets via telephone. Their Live TV presenters will guide you through the process, which is pretty simple, so no need to lose sleep over it. All in all, I am happy that I came across this operator and just hope that Live Blackjack will be added once more to their TV portfolio.
August 31, 2015
Oliver
Slots
PLAYING SLOTS WITH REAL MONEY
Slots are every online casino #8217;s most popular attraction. Even though in physical locations they #8217;re mostly there as a relic of the past, mostly placed there because players expect them to be as they bet the vast majority of their chips on table games, on the Internet slots have absolutely and completely thrived. A lot of people register in online casinos specifically to play slots (sometimes even just to play one slot in particular), to the point where in some places slots outnumber all other games dozens or ever hundreds to one. It #8217;s downright insane! I don #8217;t know exactly what makes online slots so appealing 芒鈧 maybe it #8217;s the fact that they #8217;re so pretty, with animations, licensed characters and bonus games (in fairness, while physical slots have those too, most people still think of them as the classic 3-roll mechanical machines that were popular 20-30 years ago), or perhaps it #8217;s because people say to themselves 芒鈧揌ey, everything #8217;s random in online casinos anyway, so I might as well go with the most random game out of all of them芒鈧 (which isn #8217;t really the case, but unfortunately the misconception that online casinos are somehow 芒鈧揷heating芒鈧 is a relatively prevalent one). Okay, I admit, maybe I don #8217;t really know the reason, but I can #8217;t argue with the facts 芒鈧 there #8217;s a whole lot of people playing online slots, and most of them are doing it with real money. But how does that work? Isn #8217;t it expensive? What #8217;s the risk/reward? Let #8217;s dive a bit deeper into it and find out!
Making Your First Deposit
If you #8217;re reading this, then I assume you #8217;ve already picked your casino and slot. If not, then there #8217;s plenty of sites that can give you recommendations if you #8217;re interested in playing slots with real money. When you #8217;ve made your choice, it #8217;s time to make your first deposit. Keep in mind that, while it #8217;s called 芒鈧揹eposit芒鈧, you should, for all intents and purposes, treat it as an expense 芒鈧 of course, you #8217;re likely to win a pretty big sum (that #8217;s what jackpots are for, after all), but you #8217;re just as likely to lose everything. As such, I wouldn #8217;t advise you to deposit a gigantic sum until you #8217;re more comfortable with playing with real money, but at the same time your sum should be big enough to take advantage of the first deposit bonus that every casino offers 芒鈧 it #8217;s pointless to waste it on a fiver. Ultimately, you #8217;re the one who has to decide what amount you #8217;d like to play with, based on your budget.
The deposit itself can be made in a variety of ways 芒鈧 most commonly and conveniently via a debit or credit card, PayPal and other e-wallet sites, as well as several kinds of pre-paid cards. The complete list of payment methods available on the casino of your choice should be listed on the page where you make your deposit (depending on the casino, it might also be in the Help section), so feel free to take a good look and pick the option that works best for you. Personally, I would recommend that you use a credit or debit card, simply because that way your winnings can be easily withdrawn into the same card. True, you could always request a withdrawal via bank transfer, but honestly, I #8217;ve found it to be most convenient when you #8217;re just using a card for everything. And if you #8217;re worried about your credit card information being stolen, honestly, I wouldn #8217;t be 芒鈧 the casinos have invested hundreds of thousands in protection, so it #8217;d take an online heist worthy of 芒鈧揙cean #8217;s Eleven芒鈧 to steal your information from them!
Playing With Real Money
Alright, partner, you #8217;re all set! You #8217;ve got money in the bank, and now it #8217;s time to play slots! What should you be looking out for? First and foremost, it #8217;s important to know that while a lot of slots seem pretty much the same when you #8217;re playing for free, there are a lot of noticeable differences when you #8217;re playing with real money. A good example are the paylines, which you might know as the various lines running through the reels that give you prizes if you land symbols on them in a specific order. Some slots have 25 paylines, others have 40, and some have a different number entirely (classic slots have only one, for example). The more paylines there are, the higher your chance of winning, but you also need to pay for each payline, so bets on a 40-payline slot are gonna hit your wallet hard. Keep in mind that on 99% of all slots you can change the number of paylines to suit your needs, decreasing your chance of winning, but also the price of each bet. Do keep in mind that some slots with jackpots only make you eligible for it if you #8217;re betting the maximum amount, so that can (and should) influence your decision.
Another thing that you should be looking out for is the so-called RTP, also known as Return to Player. In layman #8217;s terms, RTP is a number (a percentage) that shows how much of the money invested in a slot is expected to be returned to players. For example, if $100 are deposited in a slot, on average, the players who played on it will receive about $90, while the casino will keep the other $10 (and thus make profit). However, not all $90 will be spread equally 芒鈧 if 10 players each invested $10 each into a slot, one player might get $10, two might get $15 and one might get $50, with the other six not getting anything. So ultimately whether you make your money back, win 5 times your investment or just lose everything all depends on chance. However, if you want to further give yourself a little bit of an edge, you should look for slots with a high RTP. Some casinos list the RTPs for each slot separately, others just have a certificate with the verified RTP value of all slots somewhere on the site (usually, but not necessarily, in the footer), and some sites don #8217;t display it at all. I advise you to seek out that information and use it to your advantage!
Is There Any Advice You Can Give me?
Experiment! Unless you #8217;re dead-set on playing one particular slot, try out everything that catches your eye, even if it is in demo mode. RTPs don #8217;t change between demo mode and real money mode, so you can generally expect the frequency of your winnings to transfer over when you replace the virtual coins with real ones. Try to find a slot that you really like 芒鈧 a perfect combination between price of spin, RTP and frequency of winnings, and then just go nuts with it! We #8217;ll keep our fingers crossed for you!
August 14, 2015
Oliver
Slots
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