The science and software of online casino games

Slot machine games onlineSlot machines went electronic nearly 40 years ago and slots games have existed pretty much since the internet opened for business. As a result, some of the highest of high-tech software is deployed by online casinos and related websites – some involving government-level encryption tools. Below runs a brief rundown of a few key pieces of the software used in this area of gaming.

Random Number Generators (RNGs)

The Random Number Generator (or RNG) acts as the driver in every electronic game of chance and the great majority of video games; this bit of software is tasked with delivering a seemingly arbitrary result when needed at a given point during gameplay, thus creating the appearance of randomness.

Why the usage of “seemingly arbitrary” and “appearance of randomness”? Because those in the know realize that a computer cannot actually generate a truly random number and instead depend on an algorithm, which is essentially a mathematical formula which generates an irrational number. By its definition, an irrational number is a number that never ends. The RNG calculates the number and begins generating “random” results by started with the nth digit of the number, which the programmer has input.

RNGs have been the best solution to the program of properly generating the effects of chance since silicon chips were invented, but the disadvantage is that games with RNGs may be hacked – if one happens to know the algorithm upon which it’s programmed.

HTML5 video

Speaking of hacking, remember flash video? Mercifully, that format is just about dead for use in gaming as well as online slots, a medium in which flash ruled the roost for a good 15 years. At the height of its “popularity”, backdoors and vulnerabilities through the JavaScript in flash objects represented the entry point for a whopping 99% of all PCs hacked in North America. And whereas the ostensible advantage of flash video was its independence of other video streams and low RAM use rate, the speed was enslaved to one’s internet connection and the result was choppy gameplay.

As of this writing, HTML5 is essentially the default and monopoly video format for gaming. JavaScript is no longer depended upon and no plugins for internet browsers are required. Further, the HTML 5 infrastructure allows for forms validation all the way up to HTML 9; it’s therefore likely that we’ll be gaming on HTML5 games for some years to come. For example, online slot games were using Flash and now they have switched to HTML 5.

Encryption software – Security while gaming online

Customers and players online are naturally most concerned with safety and security if cash transactions are to be undertaken. Online casinos are particularly strong in these areas, with the bigger sites boasting government-grade protection.

All of the top online casino sites in the world today are protected by two forms of security and safety measures, at the minimum. These security features include encryption and firewalls. The use of encryption software protects any hazardous or invasive virus from extracting detailing information on players, their accounts and banking information.

In addition, most gaming websites willingly display their security information for you to read. Whilst it may still be dangerous to play at some of the less known, “blacklisted” casinos; all of the popular and worldwide casinos have more than adequate protection and can back up their assurances that if your computer were to contract a virus and/or spyware, that it wouldn’t be from their site.