Games of throne
With each new leap in the development of technology,
it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine that only about three decades
ago, the Internet did not exist in principle. The appearance of the first online casino
site dates back to 1995, when
Microgaming launched its first online project. There was nothing on this
website other than text, several banners and links explaining what the online
casino is, how it works and how to use it.
Since then, the Internet and online gambling
development principles have changed a lot, both in terms of functionality and
design. As architecture reflects the trends and moods of the era, so the
evolution of web design symbolized a change of direction, technological
patterns and fashion of different time periods. Let us remember together how it
was and take a journey along the long and winding path that the casino sites
and web design have traveled so far.
Severe nineties: more banners, more gifs!
High-speed Internet connection in those days could be
found only in science fiction films. Therefore, users could only rely on a
chiseling dial-up modem occupying a telephone line, or even sit without the
Internet. That is why the casino sites of the early 90s were actually just
hypertext pages without any graphics – only information was important, and the
appearance did not matter.
The situation began to change closer to the end-90s,
when designers began to use HTML tables to organize content and gifs. Sites
still remained mostly textual, but this text was already divided into columns,
rows and other navigational elements. After some time, there was a real
explosion of creativity, characterized by the use of those iconic components
that we still remember sites of the 90s: animated text, hit counts, acid
colors, dancing gifs, flashy banners and vulgar pictures – these are just some
of the elements of the first online casino sites strongly associated with those
In order to get nostalgic for those times and more
clearly understand what is at stake, just look at how Bgaoc website looked in 1999. Even then, this online gambling site offered
high-quality games, but users were greeted by flashing buttons, crazy colors
and silly pictures – all in the latest fashion!
The beginning of 2000s – Forums, Rounded Buttons, Shadows, and Gradients
Toward the close of the 90s, Flash technology and CSS
markup language (cascading style sheets) came to the forefront, which radically
changed the rules of the game. Despite the fact that the Flash technology
itself turned out to be relatively short-lived, it required the user to install
special software of the latest version, and today it is generally recognized as
unsafe, it became the prerequisite for that significant turn in the principles
of site building, which, with some exceptions, are used now.
With the development of understanding that the
Internet is the future, the laws of web design are beginning to take on
distinct forms. Web design is separated from web development – now the user
experience of interacting with the site and how the resource looks is no less
important than its content and functionality. On online casino sites, a menu
appears on the left or top, rounded buttons. Animated signatures are popular on
forums, and thanks to CSS, designers decorate Internet resources with gradient
fills, shadows, reflection effects and other graphic “decorations”.
was widely used as a tool for developing interactive scripts and casino games
as well. From now on, web development and design are subject to the principle
For the first time, casino sites are seen as a sales
tool – SEO begins its ascension to the throne of Internet marketing. By the
way, it was in the mid-2000s that the first blogs appeared, which, despite a
slight decline in popularity in the late 2000s, became one of the main trends
in the second half of the next decade.
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Responsive 2010s: adaptability is our everything
We can observe all the latest trends in the
development of casino sites directly in front of our eyes. By the end of the
2009, web design had become an integral part of any marketing strategy, and
adaptability was at the forefront. From whatever device you look at the site,
it should have the same functionality and a single design.
Modern web aesthetics is characterized by the
unprecedented popularity of minimalism (down with useless decorative elements),
flat design (goodbye, 3D buttons), large background images and high-quality
sliders. Blogs are becoming so commonplace that many sites are almost
impossible to distinguish from each other – they look like a standard WordPress
blog, although they are different companies representing different products and
services. Any movement on the Internet is accompanied by icons of social
networks in the hope that someone will share with others the news, product or
site in their account.
Unknown 2020s: what does the coming decade have for us?
Without a doubt, the development of technology has a
downside. It is impossible not to notice that the Internet as a whole and
websites in particular from a wonderfully arranged interactive environment have
turned into an extremely monetized commercial territory, where SEO rules the show. To understand this, you do not need to go far. Drive
a question into any search engine, the answer to which would take a maximum of
a few sentences, and sometimes words, and see for yourself. Even the elementary
query “How to screw in a light bulb?” It will give you dozens of
pages filled with huge articles, which, perhaps, will contain the necessary
answer. However, before you give it a try, you will be introduced to the
history of the theoretical foundations of electrical engineering, the biography
of Nikola Tesla and other information that is useless in this situation, and
all these articles will start equally meaningless: “More and more people
use light bulbs in everyday life … “.
Oddly enough, the technology created for the exchange
of useful information begins to lose its original purpose, and it becomes more
and more difficult to separate the grain from the chaff.
However, there are much more reasons for optimism. The
trends that will characterize web design over the next ten years can be seen
- Sites will resemble applications – the number of
pages will decrease (the growing popularity of the so-called landing pages
and endless scrolling is clear evidence of this).
- Content will become more personalized (many sites
already know more about you than you do).
- Video elements will be used more often.
We must not forget about the ubiquitous artificial
intelligence – chat bots are already a reality. Despite the fact that while
they often cause irritation, in the future they may well become quite useful
helpers like Siri or Cortana.
The trend of recent years, virtual reality, is also
unlikely to bypass the sphere of web design and make the user experience much
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