Retro Revolution: Gaming and Gambling
Posted on Tuesday, November 15 @ 16:14:23 PST by KevinS
But with the Main Event of the WSOP (World Series of Poker) wrapping up this past week, it's had me thinking about not just poker itself, but gambling in general. It's one of the oldest—if not the oldest—ways that we as humans have entertained ourselves throughout our existence on this planet (beyond prostitution). Dice, tiles, and cards are the veterans of entertainment, and they have been involved in video gaming since the early goings. The AI might not have been advanced enough for advanced skill games like player-versus-player poker or gin, but video slots and blackjack are ever-present across nearly every gaming platform. Even the Magnavox Odyssey—the first commercially-available video game console—played a version of roulette!
The history of gaming is littered with not only the corpses of dead consoles, but of casino and gambling games. The original gaming juggernaut, the Atari VCS/2600, had Casino which featured blackjack, stud poker, and poker solitaire. The Intellivision had their own poker and blackjack titles named, appropriately enough, Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack, complete with a dealer on the screen to help narrate the action. Even the system with the Nintendo Seal of Quality, the NES, had a strong share of gambling love with Caesar's Palace, Blackjack, and Vegas Dream where your money is in jeopardy everywhere you go, along with unlicensed "favorites" like Hot Slots (complete with nekkid ladies at slot machines) and Peek-A-Boo Poker (with MORE nekkid ladies at the video poker machine). Hell, the Game Boy had a handful with Casino Fun Pack and Vegas Stakes.
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