There aren’t many other industries in the modern day that embody technological process quite as much as the online slots market, specifically at brands such as StarSlots. In two decades these games have gone from being horrifically clunky, slow and ugly to beautiful pieces of software engineering that can even rival things like Xbox and Playstation.
Graphical improvements over time for online slots is one of the biggest factors in their exponentially rising popularity. Whereas before it could have been a bit of a chore to spin some virtual reels due to their sluggishness and unappealing aesthetic, now it is anything but. The work of developers such as Blueprint Gaming and Yggdrasil should not go unnoticed here; these people are the ones that push the whole industry forward. Especially when it comes to 3D titles, but we’ll get to that later.
In the beginning online slots, as you might expect, did not have the best graphics at all. They were very pixelated and not at all smooth, therefore keeping online slots as something only seasoned gamblers would really enjoy playing. NetEnt’s Mega Joker is a good example of how simplistic things were a decade or so ago (although this title still has exceptional win-potential and certainly should not be slept on).
It did not take much time, however, for the technology to improve and before long there was a wealth of titles that were easily eye-catching enough to attract people of all kinds to the world of online slots. Blueprint Gaming are especially apt at this, particularly in their series of slots that pay homage to popular films. The TED online slot is, for instance, a wonderful example of how clear and pristine the graphics can be these days.
In recent years the most obvious graphical improvement for online slots is the introduction of 3D technology across the board. Most developers will now have at least a few 3D titles in their arsenal, particularly people like Yggdrasil who almost exclusively specialise in these kinds of online slots. As you might expect, 3D graphics give a whole new personality to online slots, making them so much more appealing to a wider range of people.
It also gives more flexibility to developers in the way they construct their online slots to work. For instance, Well Of Wonders by Thunderkick uses 3D graphics to do away with the classic (and potentially boring) reel format. Instead, the symbols come flying out of the enchanted well the game is based on in stunning 3D!
What Does The Future Hold?
Who knows what the future holds for graphical improvements in the online slot market; the sky is very much the limit. Virtual Reality is the next big development on the cards, pretty soon you will be able to don an Oculus Rift headset and immerse yourself in some rather crazy looking virtual slot machine halls. We cannot wait!