Are Casinos Positively Portrayed In Video Games?

Casinos are pretty prevalent in today’s gaming landscape, but in what light are they being shown?


Poker legend Victoria Coren Mitchell caused a stir recently when she announced she would no longer be continuing her contract with a well known casino company.

The star, wife of comedian David Mitchell, is the only player in history to have won two European titles, and had a lucrative contract with However, when they recently announced that they were to be branching out into online casino games, Coren Mitchell said: “I cannot professionally and publicly endorse it, even passively by silence with my name still over the shop.

“This is no criticism of PokerStars itself: business is business; they are providing a new service that people want, and I know they intend to abide by some key principles of responsible gaming.”

Online casinos may be a relatively new pursuit, but the theme of the casino has been an oft-used topic in video games, both old and new. But are they portrayed in a positive light? And, if so, what are the implications on today’s young audiences?

Take, for example, the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto series. In the re-release of Grand Theft Auto V, it was alleged that the famed ‘Vinewood Casino’ would be open for business, rather than its current format in which players can only look at the casino from the outside.

Red Dead Redemption, meanwhile, made by the same games producers at Rockstar Games, offers players an altogether more immersive experience, in which they can play games in the saloon and even place bets on violent practices. Clearly, in this instance, gambling is being portrayed negatively, which could in turn be seen in a positive light if it is to deter today’s young gamers from taking part.

But do all games have this stance? Rewind to the 90s where young children would play Sonic the Hedgehog on their Megadrive. Many levels have casino themes, featuring jackpots, loud noises and bright lights – insinuating a fun and exciting atmosphere for children. Indeed, this was before the era in which online casinos were so prevalent, but could it have been a sign of things to come?

Whichever way we look at it, there are good and bad implications to be had from casino themes in games – it is simply up to today’s parents to make sure the outcomes are positive.

5 Great Casino Games For Consoles

Here’s a list of 5 casino games for those who are in the mood for some simple yet addicting gaming.

With the developments in the gaming industry leading to ground-breaking new consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the quality and variety of games being released in the market are getting stronger and wider. However, the smaller genre niche genres are also seeing a noticeable boost in both quality and popularity thanks to the boom in indie development. One such niche genre which has slowly grown in popularity over the last several years is casino games, which is due in large part to their ease of access in the online gaming world and their relatively simple and fun mechanics. Here are a few examples of the best ever to be released on console platforms:

Casino Kid

Released back in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Casino Kid was one of the first casino-themed games for console platforms. Set in the fictional city of Lost Wages (a spoof of Las Vegas), the aim of the game was to conquer all the casinos and defeat the evil King. To become champion you had to win at games such as poker and blackjack, as well as collect winnings from the slot machines.

World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer – All In

The Howard Lederer All-In World Championship Poker game is one of the more versatile poker games available for the PSP. Not only do you get to play poker at the highest level, you can also customize the character of you avatar and use this to develop a personal poker playing style. The game is also available on both PS2 and PS3, with the ability to play online with up to 8 people.

Caesar’s Palace

Created by Virgin Interactive for the classic Gameboy back in 1992, the game was a great way for underage players to gain an experience in casino gambling. Although Caesars Palace was purely for entertainment purposes, each player was given $2000 in chips and had to play their way through the likes of the Big Wheel Six and Video Poker in an attempt to make as much money as possible.

Slottso Party

For a little outrageous casino fun it is difficult to better Slottso Party. It isn’t a game to be taken too seriously, but if you enjoy a little bingo and instant wins in a tournament setting then you will love this one on your Xbox. Speaking of slots, it is worth comparing this game to other slot machine games out there on sites like where you can see the differences in gameplay and winnings.

World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions Review

Available for the Nintendo Wii, the World Series of Poker is a story-based game in which you are cast as an up-and-coming poker professional who has the assistance of Chris Ferguson to become the tournament champion. The game has an easy interface to use and allows you to try your hand at a variety of different casino-based games in your quest of becoming the Poker King.