Friday, December 16

Bingo and Video Games- Generations Come Together

When I think of video games of today, I think of bingo. If that sounds weird, let me explain. You can play free bingo games online today, which is something you never would have been able to do in the past. This is just one more reminder of how far the digital world has come.

I have played World of Warcraft for quite some time now and while I love MMORPGs and video games in general, there is still something that takes me back to my childhood days when I first developed a love of games. While we had video games back then, I didn’t have them in my own home until I was older but I always had an interest in games in general. 

Techsling tells us about the history of Bingo as a game, “The origins of contemporary bingo goes back to 16th century Italy, exactly where the lottery video game Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia was introduced. A toy salesperson of New York was accountable for transforming the identity in the game into Bingo and to the increase of its reputation all through the United States.”

My first memories of Bingo were in school, as young as Kindergarten. We played traditional Bingo with cards and there were also special games of Bingo that used faces, objects or other images to help those of us too young to know our numbers how to find the spaces on the playing card. They were used for entertainment and learning tools. 

At this very young impressionable age, I was exposed to Bingo and it increased my love of games, which would later lead to my passion for video games as well. My parents played Bingo and so did my elders and it’s something that generations of families can relate to. So when I think of video games of today, I think of Bingo and my early beginnings of being introduced to this type of entertainment. 

What do you think of when you think of Bingo? Does the game bring back any fond memories of your childhood or your past?

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