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These Games Will Surely Give You Wanderlust

The gaming industry has come a long way in the past decade

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When it comes to fuelling our biggest and boldest travel desires, people often look towards the silver screen or literature for inspiration. However, before you pick up that copy of Around the World in 80 Days or start streaming Into the Wild on Netflix, look towards your games collection for inspiration. The gaming industry has come a long way in the past decade, with incredibly detailed open worlds exploring both real and imagined locations, meaning you can now roam the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, explore the biggest cities in Asia, and swim in sapphire-blue tropical waters, without ever leaving your living room. Here are some of the best games to inspire some wanderlust.

Skyrim

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skyrim. pixabay

One of the largest open worlds in video game history, this latest instalment from the Elder Scrolls series sees your customized character navigating the vast province of Skyrim, making friends and foes across this continent-sized world. Although fictional, this beautifully crafted landscape has everything an aspiring traveller could want, from breathtaking beaches, to dense cities, to sleepy clifftop villages and fast Scandinavian-style forests. An entire planet’s worth of scenery is packed into this game, and more importantly, the true wanderlust comes from the unlimited freedom of the gameplay, which allows you to roam as you please and carve out your own path in this beautiful and varied universe. A few hours spent trekking through the detailed natural landscapes of Skyrim will have you looking at flights faster than you can say “Dragonborn”.

Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed. Pixabay

While we may never be able to physically explore the past, Assassin’s Creed games allow you to come as close as humanly possible, as you navigate the most important historical cities in Europe, America, the Middle East and beyond, in mind-blowing detail. There are plenty of games and platforms which offer players a chance to roam through history, from the complex to the more simple, with even a new online casino giving people the chance to step back in time with slots such as Da Vinci’s Vault and Age of Egypt. The appetite players have for travelling through history was arguably kicked off by the Assassin’s Creed franchise, which revolutionised the limits of gaming by allowing players to explore hyper-realistic reconstructions of Renaissance Florence, ancient Cairo, colonial Boston and Victorian London which, like real travel, allow the user to learn a lot about the fascinating history of these global cities.

Sleeping Dogs

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Sleeping Dogs. Pixabay

When it comes to real-life city reconstructions in games, there’s plenty of top contenders for the best. However, the title that most effectively captures the essence and energy of a real-life city is Sleeping Dogs, which sets a gripping action thriller on the streets of Hong Kong. From grumbling fishwives in Kowloon, to comical executives in the throbbing Financial District, to the party animals and neon hipsters of Soho, anyone who has been to Hong Kong IRL will be able to attest that Sleeping Dogs captures the manic energy of this 24-hour city-state perfectly.

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Why Mobile Bingo Is So Popular

Mobile bingo is on the up and rightfully so.

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Bingo has always been known for being a great social occasion. Flickr

Bingo is one of the favored past times of millions of people around the world, and it has been for many years. Near enough everyone would have played bingo at some point in their lifetime and over the years the game has evolved in many ways to stay modern and relevant. From bingo halls to playing online, we’re now seeing more audiences opting to play on their smartphones, but why is mobile bingo so popular?

The first thing to note is that technology has rapidly evolved, especially over the last few years. Smartphones are now able to serve games in stunning high definition, while also being able to comfortably handle the demands of the gameplay. As a result, this has made playing on mobile much more of an attractive proposition. There’s also the convenience of playing on mobile too, as players can enjoy some bingo action wherever they are and whenever they want. This trend has been underlined with the unprecedented growth that established mobile bingo operator mFortune continues to enjoy.

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The gameplay and visuals that can be enjoyed on smartphones is as good as you’ll find on any other device. Flickr

Nowadays, many are more inclined to only use one device to play bingo. While playing on desktop has its merits, especially as bingo lovers can play alongside friends and family, everything that can be done on a computer can also be done on a phone. The app markets are also playing a crucial role too, especially Google Play, where real-money bingo apps are available to download and play within a matter of seconds.

Apps have also become huge for bingo players, especially as there are so many around right now. These apps allow devotees to pre-purchase tickets, link to membership cards if their app is by a company who also operate bingo venues and there’s still the social side of things to enjoy too. Bingo has always been known for being a great social occasion, and with the chat boxes and ability to connect social media accounts to apps, it still is, even when a player is playing using their smartphone at home.

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Players can enjoy some bingo action wherever they are. Flickr

What we’re also now seeing is a trend of large bingo operators around the globe making the move into the mobile world too. Many of them recognised a long time ago that gaming on smartphones was the future, and so they set about having their own apps built. People then had the option of playing on desktop or on mobile, with the majority now moving over to the latter.

There are many operators who are running exclusive mobile promotions and bonuses, which see players able to claim bonus cash and free tickets for playing via their smartphone. This has been integral in mobile bingo becoming very popular too, as members are able to pick up extra rewards for gaming on the go which they may not be able to if they were playing at a bingo hall or via desktop.

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Mobile bingo is on the up and rightfully so. The gameplay and visuals that can be enjoyed on smartphones is as good as you’ll find on any other device and the convenience factor is unrivalled. The industry has evolved time and time again, especially with the advancements made where technology is concerned, and it will be interesting to see what’s next for mobile bingo.