According to new research from an English university, online casino players are finding that, ‘It's good to talk'. In research from the University of Nottingham Trent, a third of online casino players were found to discuss their favourite game on internet forums and chat rooms.
To anyone who plays in online casinos, it shouldn't be surprising news. Just as online videogames like Counter Strike or World of Warcraft have their own online communities - internet societies and forums which grow from online user interaction - online casino games have their own dedicated piece of the internet. According to the survey, the majority of online casino players go to these online communities to discuss tactics on online slots, gameplay and share their opinions on a range of online gaming issues.
The research dispels the theory that online gaming is a solitary sport. While many bricks and mortar casino players will state that they travel to casinos for the social aspect of gaming, online casino players will argue that online casinos also allow for interaction with players. Indeed, online casino gamers would argue that their online interaction allows for more fulfilling social ties; specific forums and groups are set up to allow gamers to talk about their specific game or slot machine.
While the report does not offer any conclusive reasons for the growth of interaction in online gaming, it speculates that the rise in casino forums and societies is an indicator of a change in attitudes towards online casinos. The study speculates that opinions towards gaming, particularly online gaming, have shifted. Online casino gaming, according to the report, is now regarded as a pastime.
An extract reads:
"Players appear to be spending more time thinking about how they play, developing their skills and engaging in conversation about the behaviour. This may reflect that gaming is now becoming more of a bona fide pastime."
Posted by Dan at 14:16 PM
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