Many elderly individuals struggle with handling computers to write email, upload photos or instant message chat. However, playing online is another matter. Many senior citizens see the advantage of sitting at home, chatting with friends online while playing. The computer has the ability to mark each card and display a winning pattern the moment it arrives. The online game is a far cry from sitting at the local bingo hall with a marker in one hand and a card in another.
Once considered the game to play at every local parlour, the game has quickly made its way into the electronic world. Bingo has often been recognized as a social game, where individuals communicate with each other while marking off numbers that have been called out on this easy-to-follow game. Since being consumed by the electronic world, the social aspect of the game has been changed little. Most online sources of the game provide forums, instant messaging or chat rooms where each player can keep in contact with their family and friends.
Mixing Play with Talking with Friends
The electronic version is proving to be extremely beneficial for the home-bound, and those that are disabled. Because the machine does most of the work, players can simply follow along while communicating in their chat rooms, online forums, or through instant messaging.
The serious players see the advantage of using a computer versus sitting in the local parlour. They can easily play multiple cards efficiently at the same time. The old traditional style often produced “sleepers” were a bingo player had a winning match and did not realize it, only to lose their winnings. The computer avoids the possibility of generating a “sleeper” winning ticket.
A Variety of Games
Bingo has taken a quantum leap in the nearly 85 years it has been in existence. Designed in 1929 in New York, it was originally a card of numbers that were covered with beans as each number was called out. Less than a decade ago, technology brought the game to the Internet. While the original game required that every number be covered to win, now there are a variety of games including 4 middle squares, 4 corners, coverall, and patterns. Each one generates its own excitement, and thrill of the game.
Apparently, the game is just beginning to take root around the world. As more online websites offer their versions of this unique and exciting game, young and old players are making their way to their computers to win exciting prizes while having fun.