3D Online Casino Software and it's FutureBy: Adam Baker, Thursday December 4th 2008
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One of the biggest drawbacks of online casinos is that it fails to replicate the environment of land-based casinos. The player is conscious of playing in a flat virtual world far removed from the glamorous real world of brick and mortar casinos. Therefore when the use of 3D graphics software became widespread it was thought that it would soon enter the world of online gambling.
To some extent 3D software has been successful in online poker rooms but not in online casinos. To appreciate why this is so, there are two issues that must be understood. The first is that online poker software is much leaner than online casino software. There are far more games in online casinos with completely different structures. Whether one plays Texas Hold'em or Omaha the basis remains the same. But craps and blackjack and roulette are totally independent games. Besides online slots, which are the backbone of online casinos, require intense graphics. Therefore online casino software requires larger computer storages and faster Internet connections. The problem gets compounded when 3D graphics are incorporated because 3D software is bulkier than normal software. It is for this reason that 3D poker software, though larger than normal poker software, still fits into manageable limits of storage capacity and speed whereas 3D casino software does not. Hence 3D casino software has not made much headway.
One of the more popular 3D online poker rooms is PKR. The first thing to be clear about is that you need a broadband connection to play at PKR, whereas at other online poker rooms high-speed modem connections would work. The effect though not on par with land casino experience is as good as that in the best video games. The animated avatars enable enhanced real time interaction between players such as bluffing with tells, which is an integral part of live poker games. Since online casino games are played between the player and the casino and there is no player-to-player interaction even in multiplayer games this aspect is less important in online casinos.
However there have been attempts to create 3D online casinos. One of the earliest attempts was in the Second Life virtual community. Second Life is a 3D virtual world created by Linden Lab and accessed through the Internet. Subscribers to Second Life are called Residents who interact with each other in a realistic way through avatars. One of the residents had created a casino in Second Life and was inviting other residents to play. At that time online gambling was declared illegal in the United States and the FBI swung into action. Linden Lab therefore closed down the casino before any legal action could be initiated. Recently Win A Day Casino has been launched that offers a 3D environment. It is operated by Slotland Entertainment and currently offers four casino games in 3D format. Only time will tell if this concept will now catch on.
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