We often hear about two types of gaming - smart and emotional, both with their respective pros and cons. The fact of the matter is, gaming in its nature is an emotional action. It’s like buying a brand new car. There is some calculation and decision-making behind it, but ultimately it’s the emotional aspect that compels you.

What is emotional intelligence?
In short, it is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, as well as those of others.

Emotional intelligence, also known as Emotional Quotient or EQ, typically includes three aspects: emotional awareness - the ability to identify and harness one’s emotions and apply them to tasks that require logic; emotion management and helping others do the same if necessary.

Although emotional intelligence is an increasingly popular topic, only a few studies are carried out on the subject and they tend to contradict each other. According to some of them, there is a connection between EQ and job performance, while others dismiss the existence of one.

Signs of High EQ
An emotionally intelligent individual is highly conscious of his / her emotional states, whether they are positive or negative, obvious or subtle - such people are also tuned to the emotions of others.

Such sensitivity to both inside and outside emotional signals could make for a better friend, partner or leader. These skills can also be honed.

A higher emotional intelligence simply translates to a better, in-depth perception. Therefore it is a valuable asset when it comes to decision-making.

Gaming influencing Media
Games are increasingly becoming more and more interactive. The idea is to put players in decision-making situations as often as possible or to complete challenges requiring logic, strategy and sometimes cooperation.

Game development can only go so far with the existing mediums at hand. Every once in awhile a breakthrough is required. Whether it’s through a new game platform, more efficient hardware or entirely new game mechanics, change is inevitable.

Gamification, loot boxes, paywalls and casual gaming
Speaking of game mechanics, the interactivity aspect in games is not limited to decision-making scenarios and crafting equipment.

The so-called free to play games allow you to progress freely across the rank system, while gradually increasing the time required to achieve the next level. This is often referred to as Grinding.

Many would agree it is a tedious process. So how do we go around that? With a “trip” to the virtual premium shop of course!

Virtual currency, bought with real money can easily be converted into XP (experience points), which in turn skyrockets you to higher ranks.

Paywalls - the pay to play aspect is becoming increasingly popular in gaming. Sometimes they hit you right from the start. Take for example “Star citizen” - a Sci-Fi open-world game revolving around space ship exploration, and vast virtual environments. In order to embark on this epic journey, you first have to register on the website and buy a ship - using real money. And no, there is no way around that!

Loot boxes are always welcome though. They bring a pinch of fresh air to the gaming experience. They can either be daily bonuses, or rewards for achieving certain objectives.
Of course, if you pay (with real cash) for a premium account, you immediately gain access to “tastier” loot.

Simplicity never gets old. When we think of casual gaming, we mean games with basic rules and shorter sessions. They are usually quite linear and straightforward in terms of their progression system. It’s either about collecting certain objects or simply racking up the points. Think of Candy crush saga for example, or even Pac Man, if you want to go back in time.

The Casino connection
All of the above-mentioned aspects in gaming, have been adopted by online casinos as well. Luckily, grinding is not among them.

You still have a Paywall, only here, more often than not, it refers to making a deposit, unless there is a “no deposit bonus”, of course.

A lot of casino games also have a progression system. The more you progress, the better the prizes and bonuses you unlock.

Casual gaming is the key. When you want people to wager real money, you make sure it is as straightforward and user-friendly as possible. The narrative is also present, but not as much as in big names like “Mass Effect” or “Dragon Age”, where it’s a crucial ingredient. It is simply there for the sake of immersion.

The thrill of potential rewards
There is just something about games of chance, and the opportunity to win big! Especially if a casino comes with a safety net, be it in terms of free spins or no deposit bonuses.
Imagine how many months of working in McDonald's you can spare yourself if you win. Sounds like a good enough of an incentive doesn’t it?

Self-betterment through gambling?
It sounds highly controversial, yes. But the aim here is to try and look at as something that requires you to focus and think, rather than a toxic obsession. A decision-making simulator if you will.

Technically, Online casinos offer video games.
Video games are perceived as one of the main reasons for poor behaviour. There is another side to it, however.
Online casino games have also experienced a similar development over the years. Many of the games offered have a progression aspect to them and are even story-driven.

Big names for big fans
There is even a great number of games, inspired by popular video games, TV series or blockbusters. Game of Thrones, 300 Shields Extreme and Terminator 2 are only some of the many examples out there.

Game providers make sure you have options, while at the same time appealing to a broad spectrum of target groups.

Emotional attachment
Probably the most crucial aspect of gaming. Quite often, it is also the key to retaining a player’s interest in the game. I pride myself as a story-driven player and can say from experience, that good story-line and immersion guarantee long-term enjoyment.

Once you are immersed in virtual reality, you start sympathising with the characters. You start having favourite ones and ones you are not particularly fond of.
Studies have also shown that many of the gamers, start identifying with the main protagonist.

I personally have such experience from years ago, when playing Mass effect. I was Commander Shepard - saviour of the Universe! Making a decision on a global scale!
Once you are immersed to that extent, you start experiencing emotions, motivated by the virtual world, but at the same time very real. You can look at this as an emotional simulator. Games tend to put you through scenarios, you will probably not experience in real life, especially in a Sci-Fi inspired shooter. Therefore, the only way to understand how you would react under certain circumstances is through the game.

The Verdict
As we mentioned earlier, many of the properties present in video games, have been borrowed by the online gambling industry to a certain extent.

Gaming, in general, has come a long way and there is no denying, games are no longer a boring streamlined quest of eternal mindless clicking. Although research on the subject is still scarce, it’s easy to see how the above-mentioned aspects play a substantial role in developing personal and interpersonal skills. In addition, all this is being accomplished through a rather entertaining method.

At the same time, you have a realistic chance of winning great prizes. Sounds like a Win-Win situation doesn’t it?

Author's Bio: 

Misty Jhones