11 September 2009

Online Gaming: Who Is Game with Whom?

Online Gaming: Who Is Game with Whom?

Many people around the world play at online casinos, and that's fine if it's your only source of gambling. However, online casinos are nowhere near as close to the real thing when it comes to simulation. Take Craps for example. Do you have a good craps strategy? The casino determines what number rolls by using a random number generator. However, just how random is random? If you have been in a casino, you know that every single person at a table has a unique rolling pattern. Some stack the dice and casually vault them into the air. Others shake them up and rocket them to the back wall, while other frequently launch the dice off the table or fall short of the back wall. There are even players who change their rolling pattern every roll or point.

An online casino does not have the ability to simulate this. Sure, they can manipulate the random number generator, but there's still no way to accurately simulate table action. Having programmed, I know that a random number generator is not all that random. Worse, if the computer simply "picks a number", it is not even a proper setup to being with. Let's keep looking at Craps. Does the casino have a random number generator that simply picks a number between one and twelve? If so, all the numbers have an even shot at coming out, which is against true probability. Perhaps they list out all probable combinations and then the computer selects one. This would be a little more accurate, probability wise, but it still lacks the real randomness of live action—and weird events are more likely to ensue.

What I'm about to tell you is true and happens more frequently that one would imagine. A tester recently played at an online casino (online casino craps) to monitor number frequency in the field. Within the span of just 150 rolls, the computer rolled 11 non- field numbers in a row and then followed it up a handful of rolls later by rolling 12 non-field numbers in a row. What's the big deal you ask? Well, first, the field has a 44.5% chance of winning on every roll and second; the probability of throwing 11 non-field rolls in a row is .0015%. The probability of throwing 12 non-field numbers in a row is .0008%. These events should happen once every 667 rolls and once every 1176 rolls respectively, yet both where seen within a handful of rolls from each other within the 150 rolls monitored.

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10 September 2009

Australia Ban Game from Wii

Australia Ban Game from Wii Computer games are becoming a lot more controversial then they once were, games have become so violent that it would be impossible to let your kids play the console anymore. But out of all the countries, Australia probably has one of the highest levels on censorship rules. They have previously rejected big name titles such as Fallout three and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin any classification, which really means that any sales of the game are made illegal until a correct license can be put in place. But the most recent controversy was when Australia decided to deny to give classification to a new WiiWare title called "Sexy Poker", (WiiWare is a service that allows Wii users to download games and applications specifically designed and developed for the Wii video game console made by Nintendo) this was not because the game involved any sort of online poker, but simply because the game is just like strip poker. As the game's title states, Sexy Poker puts a player against a various selection of female opponents, each opponent is then kitted out in stereotypical fantasy outfits ranging from nurses' uniforms to police costumes, with level rates of nudity a reward for their continued success at the table. In some ways I can understand why Australia does not want to give certification to this game, imagine if a kid got hold of it. Unlike the UK industry, Australia's highest certification level is MA15+. But a huge volume of people have been campaigning to introduce a new 18+ certification level.
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