Virtual Reality, Skill-Based Gaming Takes Center Stage at Global Gaming Expo
This September, the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas hosted what has become an industry-leading showcase for casino gaming, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). International game developers looking to propel the industry into new realms of interactive, experience-based gaming, showed off the latest and greatest this year, with skill-based and virtual reality games highlighting the new releases.
The G2E revealed a new generation of slot gaming this year, with GameCo’s multi-world, skill-based gambling machine, called Danger Arena. This first-person, arcade-style action video game is set to be released by the end of the year in Connecticut, and in Nevada next year. The style of the game, which is reminiscent of console-type video gaming, is supposed to be a way to bridge millennials into the world of casino gaming. GameCo’s CEO, Blaine Graboyes, stated “this is a real video game. Whether you win or lose money, either way, you will have fun playing a real video game, not a slot machine, and there’s a big difference.”
The G2E also showcased a new take on the most viral virtual reality game ever made. Gambit Gaming re-released the long-awaited virtual reality game booth called The Brookhaven Experiment. The game is played in a “Virtual Reality Cube,” where players are tasked with navigating a fog-laden room with a virtual flashlight. While in the “Cube,” the ground shakes and sounds seem to come from all around you. Players must shoot hungry zombies in order to stay alive, but also to win. A player can bet $15, $25 or $50 on three different replica handbags challenges. Money is paid out depending on how successful the player is at staying alive and at fighting off encroaching zombies. The newest feature of this game, and arguably the best part about the experience, is that observers can watch as their friend fights to stay alive on a big screen and bet on the player’s success or demise.
It seems as though casino gaming is reaching new heights with first-person and virtual reality gaming. As new generations enter casinos, look for games like Danger Arena and The Brookhaven Experiment to become a more common sight amongst traditional slots and video terminals.