Most hobbies and pastimes go through stages of being cool and uncool, with some remaining popular from their initial release right through to the present day and others going through peaks and troughs according to various trends in the world we live in.
The Internet has played a major part in a lot of recent trends, making several games that had almost been forgotten about popular again and the kind of games that everyone is playing on lunch breaks, in the playground or in their spare time at home in the evenings.
With more and more people now able to access the Internet through faster connectivity and are therefore able to download content to their devices quicker than ever before, increasing numbers of people are using their tablets and smartphones to play games, revitalising a lot of ‘old school’ favourites. Bingo is just one example. Throughout the 1960s and 70s it was one of the most popular games in the UK with hundreds attending their local halls each month, but by the turn of the millennium it was struggling to survive.
Many halls closed their doors and that looked like being all-she-wrote for the pastime, but the Internet has opened new doors for those working in the industry and now there are hundreds of sites on the Internet and listed on the comparison websites, such as TwoBigLadies.co.uk to name one exmaple, that offer real cash prizes and bonuses for players who register and play either online or through their mobile apps.
Once a few of the bigger named companies jumped on the online bandwagon, the bingo industry started to show signs of recovery. When word started to get around about the industry, people started to look for the best offers and started registering on the various sites trying to find opportunities to win cash without having to do much work – it’s hardly a physical activity or one where you have to think too hard!
Online chat had been a feature for some time by the point that online bingo started to take off, and when they started to merge the two to make it a sociable experience, they’d cracked it. Players were able to “meet” online and discuss their various gaming experiences and tactics, even forging online friendships with other players and trying to help each other to win or advising them on the kind of games and sites to avoid.
Before long, bingo was back at the forefront of the top pastimes list. Prime-time television shows, especially in the UK, featured either adverts for online bingo sites or were sponsored by them; and even Premier League football clubs had their shirts sponsored by online bingo agencies who were desperate to become one of the main players in the industry.
Bingo is back, and I for one am grateful!