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PS+ Free Games of August 2015: Lara Croft & The Temple of Osiris, GOW:Ascension, Limbo and more
Starting on Aug. 4, a new batch of free PlayStation games for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, for all PS+ members make their way to the PSN Store for those with PS Plus subscriptions.... [read more]
See some of the best Rainbow Six players and developers compete in Rainbow Six Siege
Much of the Rainbow Six Siege footage shown since its announcement is mainly scripted scenarios. On a live stream, some of the best Rainbow Six players went up against some of the development team at Ubisoft Montreal to show how the game should be played. ... [read more]
Next Diablo III patch includes new artifact and tribute to fallen developer
Patch 2.3.0 for Diablo III will include a new item that gives players the option to extract powers from legendary items and then equip them. Not only is this new item so powerful, it also memorializes a Blizzard employee that passed away. ... [read more]

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Beta shows that the series still has some fight
The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta has ended and it has been an experience. With only multiplayer available to play, I was in game after game of Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill. With a shiny new presentation and new features, is this attempt enough to re-ignite th... [read more]
If you don’t play as Nova in Heroes of the Storm, you’re an idiot
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Steam Curator group threatens developers for free games
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Heroes of the Storm Review: The WoW of MOBAs is here
MOBAs are becoming more and more common as the competitive arena of choice. League of Legends and DotA changed the face of eSports by putting the new genre in the spotlight. Blizzard has entered the fray with their answer in the form of Heroes of the Storm.... [read more]
Dying Light Review: What happens when you do Dead Island correctly
Zombie massacre simulator is the description that comes to mind when I think of Techland's Dying Light. With so many implements of undead doom at your disposal, you can easily lose yourself in trying every weapon and item you come across. The real question, though, is does t... [read more]
Tales From the Borderlands Ep. 1 Review: This time Telltale won't make you cry...that much
There are plenty of things to kill you on the planet of Pandora: the wildlife, bandits, and even $10,000,000. Or at least, that is if you are Rhys and Vaughn from Hyperion. The two of them are just a part of the cast in the first episode of Telltale’s Tales from the Borde... [read more]

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8-Bit Eric: A Tribute to the History of Satoru Iwata
This video is a tribute to CEO and President of Nintendo Mr. Satoru Iwata, who sadly passed away just yesterday. This video is more a celebration of some of his biggest accomplishments and a preview of the wonderful history that this leader in gaming had.... [read more]
8-Bit Eric Review: Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition
8-Bit Eric knows a bit about wrestling. That's why he's the perfect reviewer for Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition for the Wii U. ... [read more]
PAX South 2015: 8-Bit Eric does a Starr Mazer interview...kind of
On display at PAX South was a game called Starr Mazer, which mashes shmup gameplay with point-and-click adventure gameplay. 8-Bit Eric tried to do an interview with the developer, and well, you'll have to see what happens. ... [read more]
What Happened to Poker Video Games?
Posted on October 13, 2010 by Oscar Gonzalez

Summertime is over, and as always, it was full gaming events. Evo, E3, SGC, Quakecon and our own Alamo City Gaming Championship (cheap plug, I know). There’s another "gaming" event that happens in the summer too that’s fairly popular: The World Series of Poker. Yes, some of you gamers are shaking your head right now about me mentioning poker in a video game blog, but it’s a game like what you play on TV. Hell, online poker is just an MMO using real money instead of experience points.

Being a former big time poker player, and by big time I mean that $50 was the max I ever deposited in a poker website, I realized when checking out some of this years WSOP events that the booker boom has come and gone effecting the game of poker, but also, poker video games. See online poker took a big hit a few years back due to some changes made in Congress. Apparently, online poker was a thread against national security or at least that was the kind of bill it was added to in some legislature shenanigans. Despite that, online poker continued on, but far from being that huge "Moneymaker" (pun intended) that it used to be during the boom. Once the law is repealed, some day, expect online poker to comeback in full force.

While online poker survived, poker video games did not share that fate. For a time, it seemed that poker video games were going to be as they were being released on almost a monthly basis for all consoles and portables. From the official World Series of Poker video game to a poker video game endorsed by poker pro Daniel Negreanu, these games were a hit.

Then gamers saw the emperor’s disturbing nude body: POKER GAMES SUCKED! Although the idea of playing for imaginary millions may have seem somewhat entertaining at one point, it ended up being a giant borefest. The blame really comes down to the fact that there’s no way to truly replicate human strategy. There’s optimum strategy that can be programmed, but that simply doesn’t match up to human spontaneity.

So if you need a poker fix, avoid the poker games and just go straight to online poker.

Or if you just need a game of chance, visit online casino UK.

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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