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How Pop-Culture Affects The Design of Online Casino Games

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Online casino games allow people to enjoy playing traditional casino games like including slots and bingo.  The casino games segment has the largest market share in the online gaming niche.

The explosion of online casino gambling over the last decade is one that has taken the world by storm. Volume reported in 2015 stood at $41.4 billion, a figure that is triple the reported volume in 2005. The numbers are even more impressive when you consider the fact that there is no participation from the United States. Online casino gambling is near illegal in the country.   Research says that the transaction volume of online casino gambling will be at least $5.2 billion higher by 2020 if 20 jurisdictions opened up in America before then.

The rise of casino sites that accept PayPal such as can be found here paypal-casinos.co, which allow faster transactions is a strong reason for the increase in popularity. However, one major factor that has fuelled the rising popularity is the fact that online casino games are designed with the pop-culture influence, thereby making the games more attractive to millenials.   How is this achieved? We will use the creation of a slot machine as an example.

How a slot machine is created

As someone who is a stranger to the world of casinos or computer programming, online slot machines will look like a basic tool. However, such games are some of the most demanding for developers.

It will take at around a year to design a premium online slot machine from scratch, up to the deployment stage on various platforms. The process takes the expertise of more than a dozen people ranging from game designers to mathematicians and server developers. In some higher end games, special graphics designers may have to be brought into the team.

Although each game varies, development teams generally use slot mechanisms that already exist. This is to streamline the research and development. It is also a way to make sure that the new game produced is one that the gaming public is already conversant with.  This is why at the end of the day, players can still find their way around games and rules from simplistic games like Bars and 7s to more robust ones.

So how does pop-culture come in?

In the past online casino games mostly featured landmarks or everyday objects. Players were used to seeing games based on the Pyramids of Egypt, The Statue of Liberty or other similar exotic locations. Today, the landscape has changed. Although we still have such games, the newer designs feature pop-stars, actors, actresses and even sports stars.  The pop-culture based theme makes the games more appealing with people who are already conversant with the stars the themes are based on.

Once a theme has been settled upon, the next stage in design is to figure out the mood of the game. Will it be based on real licensed photographs or cartoons? How will the rules and bonuses be crafted to reflect the mood?  Once these points are sorted, the online casino game is complete.

Pop-culture has led to advancements in many niches. The online casino gaming world is one of those that have benefitted immensely. This is even more so for paypal casinos as they already have a massive draw.

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Check Out This Cover To Geek Magazine By Mr. Garcin With Tons of Pop Culture References

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Artist, Mr. Garcin created this amazing cover to Geek Magazine which will be released this Friday. Dozens and dozens pop culture references fill the cover up.

See if you can recognize them all?

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50 Insane Pop Culture Gifts That Actually Exist

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Refinery29 has complied a list of 50 insane pop culture gifts that actually exist.

Fun items include a Flux Capacitor Car Charger , the Star Wars Dream Desk, Sex Panther Cologne, Golden Girls Coasters or the Top Gun leather jacket. Check out the list HERE.

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Thank You To All Who Participated In The FIRE WIRE Poster Giveaway

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Yesterday we gave away a ton of pop culture items ranging from posters, original art, books and toys to 73 lucky recipients. My intent was to give back to the wonderful pop-culture community whose camaraderie and passion for the hobby I cherish.

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I want to thank the kind and generous artists and galleries who donated to this event. I appreciate Hero Complex Gallery allowing us to use their space and provide refreshments. Finally, a big shout out to the people that came and showed up on a Saturday to partake in the festivities! I hope you all had a great time, had a few laughs and walked away with something cool!

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Hero Complex Gallery & THE FIRE WIRE Blog Present The Totally Tubular Pop Culture Giveaway

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Who says, “Nobody gives anything away for free anymore”? We are here to change that and as a thank you to the great poster community we are hosting one of Los Angeles’ BIGGEST pop culture art giveaways EVER!

How do you win? Simply follow The Fire Wire and Hero Complex Gallery’s Facebook and Twitter pages and share a pic of your own that exemplifies why you love pop culture. Use the hashtag #HCGFireWireGiveaway and we will select 70 lucky people to attend the Los Angeles giveaway event at Hero Complex Gallery! Yes, you heard right, 70 winners!

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https://www.facebook.com/THEFIREWIRE

https://twitter.com/larryfire

http://hcgart.com

https://www.facebook.com/HeroComplexGallery

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The event will be held on September 12, 2015 at Hero Complex Gallery at 2PM and each of the 70 people invited are guaranteed to get a poster, piece of original art, book or toy!

Here are just a few artists and companies who generously donated their work for this fun and FREE event:

Acme Archives
Ale Giorgini
Aled Lewis
Andy Fairhurst
Bill Sienkiewicz
Blunt Graffix
Brian Methe
Craig Drake
Cuyler Smith
Dark Hall Mansion
Dark Inker
Dave Perillo
DKNG
Gabz
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Gary Pullin
Grey Matter Art
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Ian Glaubinger
Jason Edminston
Jason Liwag
Jason Weidel
JC Richard
Jerrod Maruyama
Jock
Joey Spioto
Jonathan Burton
Jordan Monsell
Joshua Budich
Kevin Tong
Laurent Durieux
Marie Bergeron
Marko Manev
Matthew Chojnacki
Matt Ferguson
Matt Ryan Tobin
Mick Wiggins
MONDO
Nautilus Art Prints
NECA Toys
Nick Comparone
Nicolas Delort
Orlando Arocena
Patrick Connan
Paul Blow
Paul Shipper
Rich Pellegrino
Robert Bruno
Sam Gilbey
Scott C
Stan & Vince
Steven Holiday
Tim Doyle
Titan Books
Tom Whalen

and here is a very small tease…

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The Princess Bride by Nick Comparone

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Boba Fett OG by Jayson Weidel

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Chewbacca Silhouette by Jordan Monsell

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Joker Sketch by Bill Sienkiewicz

Hang out with some great people, enjoy some delicious refreshments and walk away with a free piece of pop culture. So tell your friends, you won’t want to miss this evening.

Follow HCG and THE FIRE WIRE for more info!

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Catchphrases That Marked Pop Culture

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Common expressions or phrases which originate from pop culture and in the arts are commonly known as catchphrases. Over the years there have been thousands of such catchphrases that have spread around the world through a variety of mass media such as in books, on T.V and radio, and now over the internet. These catchphrases have defined what pop culture is, and some of them are now commonly used, while others have even found their place in the dictionary.

At the popular online casino called Magical Vegas that offers various games such as video slots, roulette, poker, blackjack, and live casino games, their mission statement “Bring home the magic” could well figure in these popular catchphrases in the near future. “Bring home the magic” gives out a clear picture that this online casino wants its players to enjoy the best gaming experience wherever they are. This phrase could well be used to express the feeling of having a great time that feels magical.

Back in 1981 Del Boy from Only Fool and Horses said “Lovely Jubbly” for the first time and this has since become one of the immortal phrases that is used in everyday British life to refer to something good or a good news. The colourful lingo used in this T.V series by Del Boy has created various one liners and catchphrases including “He who dares – wins!”, “You know it make sense” (this is what he usually says to his customers after they have agreed on a deal”.  Little Britain is another popular British television show that features some memorable catchphrases such as “Yeah but no but yeah but” which is used by ill-educated teenager Vicky Pollard as a retort or “Computer says no” which is mentioned by the unhelpful and moody Carol Beer when  she is asked a question by a customer.

The British Quiz show The Weakest Link became popular for a catchphrase used in each and every episode of this show by the host Anne Robinson whenever she would send someone off, and this popular catchphrase is “You are the weakest link… goodbye!”. When this T.V show came to America, this catchphrase quickly became a pop culture phenomenon thanks to the harsh attitude of Anne that the Americans discovered. This phrase still lives on as one of the best lines remembered on T.V, even though the show has ended in 2012.

The phrase “That’s hot” has been used in the American show The Simple Life by the multi-millionaire heiress of the Hilton Hotels known as Paris Hilton. This sound like the opposite of “that’s cool” but in fact it has the same meaning. Then Paris came up with “That’s huge” and now she legally owns both of these phrases and even won a lawsuit when the greeting card maker Hallmark used these phases in their greeting cards.

Popular catchphrases also originated from various movies such as “I’ll be back” and “Hasta la vista, baby” from Terminator sequels, “You talking to me?” from Taxi Driver, and “Say hello to my little friend” from Scarface.  The music industry also has created some unique words which are now part of the pop culture. One such catchphrase is “Bootylicious”, a title of a song from the album Survivor of Destiny’s Child that included Beyoncé Knowles.  This word has made its entry into the Oxford English dictionary and it means curvy, voluptuous or the physically appealing figure of a women. You may also try to coin some unique words and post them online or on any other media, and in a couple of years, these may figure as popular catchphrases uses worldwide.

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This July, Join Barnes & Noble For A Month Long Celebration of Pop Culture

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This July, please join Barnes and Noble in stores for a month long celebration of pop culture! Below check out all of the events B&N has planned!

All month: Throwback Thursdays

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Join Barnes & Noble every Thursday for a nostalgic journey as they relive the most iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s through the 1990s. Come explore the dynamic influence that books, toys, games, music, movies, TV, and fashion had on society. On July 2, it’s a throwback to the 1950s; on July 9, it’s the 1960s; they’ll celebrate the 1970s on July 16, the 1980s on July 23, and the 1990s on July 30.

July 3–5: Time Travel Weekend

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On July 3 at 7pm, B&N is celebrating Doctor Who! Enjoy trivia, giveaways, a special offer, and more. Come dressed as your favorite character and join the fun. On July 4 at 10am, they’re traveling back millions of years with Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark. Young paleontologists are invited to explore the age of dinosaurs with fun activities, giveaways, and a special offer. On July 5 at 2pm, be transported to the intriguing world of Outlander with trivia, giveaways, and more.

July 8–12: DC Comics Days

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Come in for a special offer on all DC Comics graphic novels and get a free “Young Gotham” comic collection and poster while supplies last. Also enjoy other giveaways and activities. Cosplay is welcomed!

July 9–12: Comic Convention Collectibles

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While supplies last, pick up shared exclusive collectibles from Diamond Select Toys, Funko, and Titans.

July 13 and 14: Harper Lee Celebration

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On July 13, all stores nationwide will read To Kill a Mockingbird from start to finish. The read-a-thon will feature a variety of special guest readers, including authors and local celebrities. On July 14, Go Set a Watchman goes on sale! Visit our Cafe stores from 7am to 10am and get a free tall coffee with your purchase of Go Set a Watchman. Plus, the first 20 customers to buy the book will receive a free exclusive To Kill a Mockingbird reusable tote.

July 17, 7pm: Minions Fun

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“Bello!” (That’s how Minions say, “Hello!”) Sign up now for our Minions Fun event. Become a certified Minion and attend Villain-Con in Barnes & Noble stores to help search for the most despicable villain to follow. Activities and giveaways round out the fun. Contact your local store to sign up.

July 18: Star Wars Saturday

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Fans of all ages join B&N for exclusive products, activities, cosplay, trivia, and a chance to win a Star Wars character standee (no purchase necessary. Must be 13 or older). See a bookseller for complete details.

July 19: Manga Mania

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Discover this popular style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Enjoy a special offer, activities, and giveaways.

July 24, 7pm: Fangirl Friday

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Fangirls unite and celebrate fandom. Get introduced to the Women of Marvel, enjoy cosplay, giveaways, and much more. And while supplies last, pick up the Vinyl Vixen Metallic Wonder Woman, available only at Barnes & Noble.

July 25: Vinyl Day

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Explore a huge assortment of vinyl records with events celebrating vinyl culture, including giveaways, special offers, and exclusives.

July 26: James Patterson Day

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Celebrate America’s bestselling author with a special one-day-only offer on all adult, kids’, and teen books by James Patterson.

July 28, 7pm, and July 31, 7pm: Dr. Seuss Spectacular

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What pet should we get? In celebration of the newly discovered Dr. Seuss book What Pet Should I Get?, kids of all ages are invited to help decide what pet we should get at a special Storytime event on July 28 at 7pm. On July 31 at 7pm, join for the Dr. Seuss Spectacular, a celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss. There’s fun to be done!

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Happy Easter From THE FIRE WIRE

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday and spending quality time with family today. For your viewing pleasure, I thought I would post some fun pop-culture inspired Easter Eggs. Perhaps these will inspire you to create your own? If so, please send me pictures of your creations.

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Funko Announces Pocket Pop! Keychains!

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Pocket Pop! Keychains are collectable miniaturized Pop!’s. Each Pocket Pop! Keychain is 1.5″ inches tall and comes on a key ring. These collectible Pocket Pop! Keychains have all the same features as your standard Pop!’s, but are shrunk down to fit comfortably in your pocket!

The first wave of the Pocket Pop! Keychains will include the following characters and are due this Fall.

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Comic Con Experience Announced For December 2014 In Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Comic Con Experience is the first show in Brazil covering all the main areas of pop culture: comics, TV, movies, games, cosplay, fantasy and sci-fi literature, collectibles, etc. The show is scheduled for December 4-7, 2014 in São Paulo, one of the biggest cities in the world and the economic capital of Brazil.

Set in a 20,000 square-meter pavilion, the show is expected to gather around 80,000 attendees over 4 days to celebrate pop culture.

As comic cons started as events organized by comic book fans, the Comic Con Experience announced his comic guests first, including: Scott Snyder, Ivan Reis, Sean Gordon Murphy, Rafael Grampá, Rafael Albuquerque, Olivier Coipel, Klaus Janson, Greg Tocchini, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Several others are yet to be announced, including TV and movie talents.

Comic Con Experience is organized by Omelete the biggest pop culture and entertainment website in Brazil, and by Chiaroscuro Studios, a talent agency representing several top talents in the comics industry.

Brazilian fans and exhibitors couldn’t be more excited about the show. Due to the high demand, the organization has increased 33% percent of the area (from the initial 15,000 square-meter area) to meet the demand from both fans and exhibitors. Since the Comic Con Experience was announcement in an article published in the country’s main weekly magazine in January 25st, the show’s fanpage on Facebook has gathered over 50,000 fans and the organization has been approached by major entertainment companies from different countries targeting the Brazilian audience: Brazil is the fourth biggest market for games with 35 million gamers and among the top 5 markets for American movies.

For further information please write to ivan@comicconxp.com.br or visit www.comicconxp.com.br.

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