Some comments from an interesting interview with Caesars Entertainment Corp CEO Gary Loveman in the latest issue of Forbes Emerging Technology Report: [-]
Do you see poker maintaining its position as the front-runner of games, and what exciting games do you see in the near future?
Poker is a great game because it has an element of fortune, but it’s principally a game of skill—it combines a behavioral element with an analytic element. Players practice poker like they practice golf or anything else—they take it seriously. At the same time, I think interactive games have a very bright future. A few slot manufacturers are creating episodic slot machines with games like World of Warcraft or even Farmville. Players are recognized by their Total Rewards card, so when they achieve a certain level, then exit, they can come back and pick the game up where they left off. Games based on science fiction, like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, have this episodic flavor. While the game has the same random monetary results of a slot machine, the context of the game advances like an online game. These use high-definition visuals, compelling audio, and multi-player schematics. A new game of Clue is coming out, played on an enormous high-def screen that reflects the board game Clue. I played it and thought it was a hoot.