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How to get the best out of live casino gaming

By Alex Harris

Oct 26, 2021


Online casino gaming was already exciting enough, but the introduction of live casino gaming has changed the industry even further. In a bid to recreate the traditional casino experience as closely as possible, online casinos offer games hosted by live dealers, allowing players to stream the game onto their own device at home.

Players simply love it! They get to play in the privacy and comfort of their own home but still experience some of the magic of a land-based casino—the best of both worlds, in other words. Interested in playing live casino? Below you’ll find tips on how to get the best out of your live casino gaming experience.

Ensure you have a reliable internet connection

The live casino experience relies on streaming, so make sure your connection has good bandwidth (bandwidth being the volume of information that can be sent over your internet in a specific amount of time). A high bandwidth will enable you to enjoy the game better because your connection will be able to cope with all the information coming across it.

Note that your internet speed should be fast and reliable. If not, it can slow down your game and you could also experience irritating interruptions to the game while your connection plays catch-up with the stream.

Understand how to play the game inside out

Live casino gaming is just that: live. Due to their overheads, few online casinos offer practise games for their live casino offering, so you’ve got to know the basics of the game before you start playing at the very least. To enter a live game and not grasp the rules and how to play is to throw yourself off the deep end. Not advised.

It’s better to make sure you fully understand the game and have practised plenty before taking part in a live game, since the interactions with the dealer can distract you. The more you practise before playing, the better.

Know the terms and conditions of your table

Whereas playing slots is straightforward, table games have a variety of terms and conditions. Always go through them before you sit down to a live game and never ignore them. Failing to comply could see you kicked off the table. Not the kind of experience you want from your gaming!

Be mindful of your time and bankroll

Time and bankroll are two of the most important factors in live casino gaming. In the excitement of it all, you can easily lose track of one or the other, or of both, and run out of either (or both).

You’ve got to make your time count, so be mindful of the game, avoid distractions and don’t engage in unnecessary actions with the dealer. This will save you time and help you to stay focused and wise as to when to leave. Knowing the right time to exit the game will allow you to enjoy the experience more, rather than leaving with a bitter taste in your mouth because things didn’t go your way but you played on in spite of it.

Plan your budget

Laying down money willy-nilly isn’t the way to win when playing live casino games. You need to be conscious of your budget and not place huge chunks of it on a single play, such as on a single spin of a roulette wheel. Placing small amounts on games is the way to go if you only have a small budget to spend.

You might be tempted to increase the amount of money you put into play if you hit a big win. That’s up to you, but doing so is a sign you’re getting caught up in the excitement of the game. Keep a cool head and stick to your budget and strategy. One way to do this is by taking regular breaks.

Only bet what you can afford

This may seem like common sense, but in the thick of the action, it’s easy to get carried away and contribute more money to the game than you can afford. Besides winning, your real task is to conserve your bankroll. Be aware that as part of their interaction with you, dealers may offer the option of placing more money on the game. If you can’t afford to, you know what the answer is.

Avoid chasing losses

Chasing losses is a big mistake. If the game isn’t going well, don’t double your stake. It can sour your gaming. It’s better to just accept it’s not your night at the table and come back another day.

The more you learn about strategy, the more you’ll see that in the longer run, you’ll hit the numbers. This, and leaving the game at the right time, will keep live casino enjoyable.

Game with reputable providers only

Only play games on the websites of reputable providers. If there are no signs of licensing or the games haven’t been approved by a testing agency such as eCogra, avoid the site. Honest providers know the importance of trust and transparency in the industry and will take essential steps to reassure players their platform and services are safe and secure.

Online gaming is tremendously thrilling. Never forget to stay as calm as possible while playing. Following the tips above will help you to do this and more so that you can get the best out of the live casino experience.

As sex ed classes become obsolete among teenagers, video games might just be the way forward

By Malavika Pradeep

Mar 25, 2021


The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March, 2020. It was the day after Activision released its free-to-play battle royale game Call Of Duty: Warzone and a little over a week before Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Horizons. One year later, these two games have essentially reshaped our lives over the pandemic, providing comforts of escapism and helping build socially-distanced friendships via multiplayer. But what if such gamification models could redefine today’s digital-first education system, particularly for those subjects which require ‘interactive tools’ for better understanding? What if contemporary sex education was meant to be taught through video games?

The challenging shift to online sex education

In an era where mornings have become synonymous with Zoom links and clean backgrounds for students, schools are increasingly prioritising what gets taught online. As subjects like physics and physical education go online, much of the curriculum is getting lost in translation from the real to the virtual world. And sex education is no exception.

“There’s already lots of cultural stigma around something like saying the word ‘penis’ in a room full of people who are under 18,” said Karen Rayne, the executive director of UNHUSHED, a non-profit that offers sex education for schools with the aims to remove the stigma surrounding them. In an interview with US News, she illustrated the challenges of teaching homebound teenagers and college students who are “attending classes from their childhood bedrooms” about the birds and the bees.

Not long after the pandemic hit, Rayne, who also teaches human sexuality at the University of Texas at Austin, created a manifesto outlining 10 tips for teaching online sex ed. These tips include being mindful of students’ developmental stages, expecting some awkwardness and looping in parents.

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Despite her efforts, however, she admitted that some students were in fact being left behind in classes. “After so many months online, we were beginning to lose some kids in a way that I wasn’t really concerned about in March or April (2020),” she said. “It might be that for some kids, sex ed is not where they need to spend their limited online learning hours.”

A paper published by Leslie Kantor, chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the Rutgers University School of Public Health, further spelled out why teaching reproductive health during a pandemic is critical and how schools should prioritise the same. “Even when in-person schooling resumes, missed sex education is unlikely to be made up, given the modest attention it received prior to the pandemic,” the paper concluded, which has essentially hatched a sense of urgency at the educational forefront.

As teachers scramble to come up with innovative ways to “translate what we learned about effective, in-person sex education into the digital environment,” some sex education game developers think this could be their moment.

The science behind gamified sex education

Gamification can be summed up as the use of game design elements like avatars, scores, leaderboards and virtual rewards in non-game contexts such as apps for learning a skill or tracking one’s progress. With the growing use of computer-based therapy in mental health and promising results seen in the use of gamification in psychotherapy, the push to gamify sex education is part of a broader movement—deploying video games to target health issues ranging from depression to tobacco use.

So how does game design and principles help tackle a social stigma? Three major factors come into play here: interactivity, privacy and familiarity. Interactivity is a huge influence on a person’s learning capacity, especially in a digital age saturated with online lectures and note-taking. What this means in terms of sex education is that these games could essentially offer a way to interact with the subject at hand without getting ‘down and dirty’.

“Putting a condom on a banana, that’s like a stereotype of sex education, right? But that’s what everyone remembers,” said Nina Freeman, the developer behind the acclaimed sex education game how do you Do It? “It’s the thing that you’re actually doing. You’re basically performing the act of putting a condom on a penis—it is performative.” In an interview with Mashable, the developer equated the act of putting a condom on a banana to a game-like experience and how in that sense such games could be a very effective way of conveying information.

Freeman’s approach to game design involves role-plays and simulations which gives players a different perspective on the whole sex education front. “I think player/character embodiment is really powerful and games are uniquely better than other media at having people get into character, almost like they’re in a play,” she said. “Games are really good at that because they’re actively having the player pull information instead of pushing it on them.”

Another example of interactivity in gamified sex education is the smartphone app Tap That where players are responsible for taking care of different characters navigating their sexual relationships. If one of them has an STI, the players have to diagnose and determine how to cure or treat it. Virtual condoms are also offered in player toolkits to prevent the infections from spreading. “Sex should be a positive experience, so why shouldn’t sex ed be too?” a video explaining the game reads.

This brings us to the next two factors pushing these video games into the mainstream: privacy and familiarity. Such games have the potential to filter out all of the awkwardness surrounding the topic. It gives players the ability to learn about sex and sexuality from the privacy of their homes in a way that they’re familiar and comfortable with.

“Having students engage with the world in a way they’re more familiar with and feel more comfortable doing makes a difference when you’re trying to get them to talk about issues that are really sensitive or maybe their parents haven’t talked to them about,” Freeman mentioned. “I think giving them more of a private space to explore some of this stuff is definitely helpful.” The added privacy also fosters a safe space for players. One where they can reflect on their own sexuality and explore their feelings without being judged.

A comprehensive way forward

In a recent report by Censuswide, the agency surveyed 500 teachers who used video games in their classrooms over the pandemic. 89 per cent of them highlighted the fact that the tool has proved beneficial for engaging students with their subjects. 69 per cent stated that their students are more likely to do their homework when gaming is involved. And 68 per cent swore that gaming would become an important resource in education moving forward.

As comprehensive sex education becomes essential for today’s ‘digital native’ youthwith means of sexting, online dating and VR sex literally available at their fingertips—video games along with the transferrable skills they offer might just help safeguard education in the COVID-19 generation and beyond.



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