Will Traditional Games Like Bingo and Cards Ever Lose Popularity?


There are some games that were popular years ago and have since gone obsolete. Things people played with in Victorian times, such as the cup and ball and the spinning top, for instance, have fallen into obscurity. Other classic games that predate the internet by many years, though, are still going strong. Bingo and card games, in particular, have adapted to the digital age and are enjoying greater popularity than ever before.

How Have Bingo and Cards Digitalized in Order to Modernize?

Playing cards - Will Traditional Games Like Bingo and Cards Ever Lose Popularity?There are certain games that have had to go digital in order to survive. Bingo is one of the prime examples of this. Indeed, it is a long time since the pastime enjoyed its golden era of the 1980s and 1990s. However, one could argue that in its new iteration, bingo is more successful than ever.

Over the past ten years, bingo has been steadily shifting online. The traditional games of 75-ball and 90-ball bingo have easily translated to the digital format, but the offerings have spread way beyond these. For example, there are now themed bingo rooms to attract different demographics. This ensures that players can enjoy the social side of the game with like-minded people.

There are also whole bingo sites designed to suit a diverse range of players. For example, there are options that are geared specifically towards women, and others that have a heavier focus on additional offerings such as slots.

Card Games

All of the world’s most popular card games have moved online and have enjoyed great success in doing so. Blackjack is one of the most prevalent games at online casinos, while poker actually became a global phenomenon thanks to digitalization. However, not all card games have had to move to a computerized format to enjoy success in the modern age. There are a few offerings that are able to attract people who still want to enjoy an offline experience.

The best-known example of this is Cards Against Humanity. This is a politically incorrect game that can be played at parties. Players have to pick up cards and create sentences with them. These usually turn out to be funny and inappropriate. The game originated as a Kickstarter campaign in 2011 and was an unprecedented success. This could have been thanks to its timely release and the recent rise of nostalgia-based activities. It coincided nicely with the booming board game industry; it has become extremely lucrative thanks to specialized tabletop gaming cafes and bars.

Some Games Continue to Straddle Both Worlds

Interestingly, the rise of online bingo has actually helped physical bingo halls stage a comeback. The social settings that had their heyday in the 1980s began as a popular alternative to the public house and were frequented predominantly by women. The smoking ban of the 2000s contributed to the downfall of these sites, but now they are on the up again.

Instead of solely switching to a digitalized format, a lot of online players are developing a passion for the game and then seeking out other ways to enjoy it. In some ways, online and physical bingo settings are acting as a partnership and enhancing the overall bingo experience. There are plenty of examples of modernization in land-based bingo halls as well. Just as online bingo sites have introduced new games, bingo halls have recently brought in fresh ways to play.

An example of a unique upgrade to liven up bingo is the introduction of Drag Queen Bingo. This offering combines bingo and comedy, with a heavy focus on heckling and the hurling of obscenities.

Drag Queen Bingo in New York City.

Traditional Games Have Influenced Modern Titles

Traditional games have not only managed to continue to thrive in the modern, digitalized world; they have also influenced a vast number of games that exist today.


Many people may not know this, but one of the biggest names in gaming, Nintendo, began as a trading card company. Between 1889 and 1949, the business was known as Yamauchi Nintendo. It originally manufactured hanafuda, which are Japanese playing cards. It was only in the 1960s that Nintendo branched out into other toys and games, and later became the powerhouse of the gaming industry that it is today. The company now has a market valuation of around $37 billion. This is all thanks to its early embracing of card games and the awareness to adapt to the changing landscape of the industry over the years.

Fantasy Card Games

Fantasy card games are growing in popularity. These games had a heavy influence from traditional playing card offerings. One of the most recent examples of a digitalized card game which is making a name for itself as one of the best is Gwent. CD Projekt Red initially conceived Gwent for use in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As Geralt of Rivia, players were able to collect various cards and challenge NPCs to games. The side game was so revered by players that the Polish developers decided to make it into a standalone game.


A Trailer for the new Gwent expansion.

Gwent takes a lot of inspiration from traditional card games. Although it is digital, the developers have managed to recreate card features such as shuffling and dealing sounds, and the randomness of the deck. Although each card has its own special ability, the overall aim of the game is to beat the other player in terms of hand value. This is the fundamental framework of all card games, with poker being the closest relative to Gwent. Like the gambling offering, Gwent is predominantly skill-based, and players have to second guess their opponents while also plotting their own moves.

As long as traditional games continue to evolve and stay relevant as new technology is released, they should remain popular. The basic mechanics that made these games well-loved in the first place are still there, and new players can find that they enjoy them if they are presented in a modern way.

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