Bingo halls started appearing around the UK during the 1960s, many decades before the Internet arrived to make the online version of this popular game even possible. Furthermore, online bingo has evolved to offer a playing experience that differs markedly from that of standard bingo.
Bingo – The Social Game
There is no doubt about it - bingo is so much more than just an online game. A quick glance at almost any online casino will reveal that while there are game pages dedicated to casino favourites such as roulette and blackjack, bingo usually commands an entire section or mini-site all to itself.
There is something that distinguishes online bingo from the rest of the online gaming world. That special something is the social experience of bingo, which is almost impossible to replicate elsewhere online.
In truth, bingo has always been a social experience. The attraction of the bricks and mortar bingo hall has always been about playing with your friends in addition to winning. Online bingo has succeeded in reproducing that unique atmosphere online. The facts speak for themselves – Due to the boost in the online game, bingo has become the most popular leisure activity for women in the UK aged between 18 and 25 and practically any other age too.
The key to the friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which is clearly a winning combination, is the extensive use of chat rooms in online bingo. There is no other game where players are not only encouraged, but almost expected to interact with one another. In fact, given that actually playing the game online usually requires use of a chat room, the social aspect is seemingly built into the fabric of online bingo.
Many online bingo sites have created their own bingo community, with dedicated moderators who provide a daily variety of games, offers and activities. As a result, plenty have developed their own terms and phrases, a kind of internal language which helps members feel that they belong to a special network. So special in fact, that some bingo communities have really embraced the communal spirit and raised money for charity.
The social side of the game is so central to online bingo that some sites offer extra reward points for making new bingo friends, chatting in the bingo rooms or buying presents for their new buddies. It is not uncommon to find a cash bonus for the chattiest community member of the week! Of course, throwing yourself into the social side of online bingo is a win-win situation.
Firstly, you can enjoy the fun of interacting with other players and being part of a community with a strong common interest. In addition, the more you interact, the more reward points you will accumulate and the bigger and better the prizes are that you can claim, from cash to holidays or even brand new cars. In short, the more friends you make, the more likely you are to pull in the prizes.
Of course, the growing popularity of online bingo’s social features has coincided with the social networking revolution. That means that it is easier than ever to be part of the online bingo community. Facebook and Twitter allow players to keep in touch with the latest games, jackpots and news and encourages even more involvement with fellow players.
There is also a multitude of online bingo apps to choose from, allowing players to enjoy the game on the go. Nowadays, so long as you use a smartphone, you are no more than a click away from making new online bingo friends. Quite simply, no game has embraced the social advantages of the online world quite like bingo.