Video games owe a great deal to gambling. After all the concept of gaming was developed over hundreds of years, reaching a more complex form that today encompasses storytelling, interactivity, sophisticated controls and gameplay. It is only logical that online gaming would look for new ideas and successful franchises within the video game industry. With slots being the easiest form of online gaming to make an actual port of an existing video game, you will find the majority of famous video game themes and characters represented in this particular genre of online gaming.
The idea isn't new and is not slowing any time soon. One of the first online slots to launch with characters (theme) from a video game was Tomb Raider by Microgaming. This 5 reel, 15 pay-lines slot featured the character of Lara Croft, one of the most famous gaming heroines which is the main character in over 7 sequels, and a reboot from 2013.
The slot itself is fairly simple and offers many nods to the character and the world of Tomb Raider - the symbols, fee spins, bonus mode and more are all showcasing familiar scenes / locations and items from the games.
Hitman is another video game franchise which is extremely popular today and which has a slot machine that borrows both the name and the theme. It is a 5-reel, 15-payline game which features symbols, bonus games and more inspired by the notorious Agent 47 - a clone bred for only one purpose: assassination. Players and fans of the game can enjoy playing this slot with HItman's favorite arsenal of weapons as well as sleek graphics and animations. Just imagine how cool it is to play for 1 hour free as the Hitman himself?
There are more online slot games that are using a famous video game trademark like the Call of Duty slots which has take the World War II experience from Activision's epic first person shooter franchise and turned it into an interesting video slot variation. Street Fighter also has its own slot game where making combos and punching other fighters is recreated by spinning for the right symbols so you can take on a greater challenge and win the jackpot.
Overall, the quality of gambling titles is increasing thanks to the updated and new mechanics (and themes) incorporated from video games. In time (and as the next generation of gamblers takes its course) we might see even more complex and interactive games that will blur the line between the two industries.