Bingo and gaming may be in the same family tree, but they seem very distantly related. But, while they might not win any awards for similarities, they do feed off one another. In fact, bingo is one of the longest running games (since the 16th Century) and helped paved the way for all other iterations of competitive play, including hit modern games such as Fortnite and Fall Guys. But could bingo still be beneficial to gamers today? How can playing bingo help improve your gaming ability?
Bingo for Better Streaming
While it may be tense and exciting, bingo, especially in the UK is quite a light-hearted and comical affair. Indeed, the bingo caller is usually cheeky and likes to stir up the crowd. But one of the most humorous aspects of bingo are the bingo numbers that are called. These range from cheekier ‘two fat ladies’ 88 to ‘tickle me’ 63 to location-based ones – such as ‘Brighton Line’ 59 and ‘Torquay in Devon’ 87.
The bingo caller usually invokes wit when playing, which is exactly what streamers need to do. Streaming is incredibly popular and one of the main ways in which gamers become successful. It is often the culmination of practice and growth in gaming. When streaming and developing a career in gaming, it’s important to have a strong personality that makes people want to essentially just watch you play games.
By taking inspiration from bingo callers, who rely on the bingo numbers as a springboard for humor, you can develop into a pithy player that people want to watch. The most successful streamers are those who can keep audiences’ attention with their comments as much as with their gameplay itself.
Bingo is a fast-paced game. Some may have images of community centers and bingo halls, but these are far from languid and slow experiences. The art of winning bingo is being able to process a lot of information in a short space of time. You need to comprehend the numbers being called, quickly see if you have them, and then call out if you meet the criteria for winning. Sometimes the difference between calling ‘bingo’ and being second is in reading your numbers and crossing off the correct ones.
Gaming is much the same. You need fast reflexes and a good reaction time. You also need to be able to take in a lot of information and make critical decisions in these tense moments. Whether you’re leading a team into battle, about to score the winning goal, or simply playing a boss level on a platform console game, the ability to analyze information quickly is necessary to progress further.
The advances of digital technology mean that bingo is more accessible to players who might never have considered it before. This means its perfect for those who want to gain some extra skills to help with gaming. Indeed, whether you want to be a better streamer or a faster player, playing bingo can provide some transferable skills that you might not have considered would help your gaming career.