From Scrabble to Star Wars: our undying love for old-school entertainment

It’s hard to overstate the impact technology has had on the entertainment world in recent years, with mobile devices and improvements in connectivity transforming the way we access our favorite movies, games and music. Moreover, the introduction of 5G technology could also open up a whole range of new possibilities.

However, while such innovations are undoubtedly exciting, there has recently been evidence that a number of consumers are seeking the comforts of simpler times. In news that might intrigue those in the retail industry, old-school forms of gambling seem to be making a comeback, and a new study has shed light on the classics people around the world are falling back to. turn.

A revival of the board game

According to Betway, the term “board game” saw a huge spike in searches in March 2020. In fact, it was thought to have enjoyed more searches than any other month since records began in 2004.

Several classic titles spiked during the period, with Ludo, Battleships, Game of Life, and Monopoly seeing strong increases in searches compared to the previous month. Scrabble actually turned out to be the most searched game during the month analyzed, it proved to be particularly popular in French speaking countries including Senegal, Canada and islands like Martinique. Monopoly came second in worldwide popularity, dominating searches in Europe and Asia.

The research also interestingly pointed out that board games were searched for more than video games in some countries. For example, after combining searches for Scrabble and FIFA, it was found that 79% in France were for board games.

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When all of this is taken into account, it’s fair to say that it’s no big surprise that Betway’s analysis revealed how many of us still apparently have a deep love for classic board games.

Go retro

Findings like these are fascinating to read, but one could argue that they reflect some of the broader trends that have been seen in the entertainment world in recent years.

For example, classic movie and television brands like Star Trek and Star Wars remain extremely popular many years after their launch. Not only that, but new stories based on these universes continue to be created, and it was recently confirmed that Taika Waititi is set to direct and co-write a new film for this latest franchise. Additionally, classic casino games once associated with offline play have been given a new lease of life online. The likes of roulette and blackjack are among those offered by Betway in the live casino format, for example, which sees the action combined with modern technology, and hosted by a live dealer via video stream.

Elsewhere in gaming, giants like Nintendo have released new versions of classic consoles in recent years due to the growing demand for retro experiences. Classic characters also live on in their own apps thanks to the rise of mobile gaming, with Crash Bandicoot being one of the latest to make the jump to handheld devices. The multicolored card game classic Uno has also made its way online, notably via Facebook’s Instant Games platform.

The pleasure of revisiting the classics

When all of this is taken into account, it’s fair to say that it’s no big surprise that Betway’s analysis revealed how many of us still apparently have a deep love for classic board games.

While the latest trends and technologies are undoubtedly exciting, once in a while it’s nice to revisit an old favorite and immerse yourself in a bit of nostalgia. It will be fascinating to see how these trends develop in the years to come, but one thing is certain: sometimes you just can’t beat the classics.

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