Imagine walking into a casino and playing a game that involves killing a Deathclaw for potential real cash.
That's exactly the kind of gaming environment some casinos have planned to draw in a new kind of gamer: the millennial. Having grown up with video games, millennials are far more comfortable swinging swords on a screen to slay dragons than playing games that are less interactive and based solely on chance, such as slot machines and dice tables.
It's possible that future casinos and online casinos could feature different areas devoted to different kinds of games, ones that feel more like console video games and let players do everything from shoot at things to race vehicles.
"The majority of visitors to Vegas are under the age of 50, while the majority of those who play slot machines are over 50," Gamblit Gaming executive Eric Meyerhofer said to the New York Times. "Casino operators are seeing 100 percent of their floor wired for a population group that is no longer the majority."
Considering that casinos are strictly set up to make money, they now understand that they need to market their games to younger audiences who are more interested in skill-based games that give them some control over gameplay.
Last year, Nevada quickly passed legislation to introduce more skill-based games so that casinos can start making this happen. That law passed so fast though that, in fact, companies that make games for casinos find themselves struggling to keep up: so far, only two slot machine manufacturers have actually come up with anything viable.
Another problem casinos have is that hotels in Las Vegas are in and of themselves destinations: people can visit Vegas without ever participating in any casino games because there's so much to do at each location. Many of those visitors are millennials who never set foot on the casino floor, but games that appeal more to them could have them spending more cash while there on games.
"Millennials have grown up in an era of digital media and games," Meyerhofer said. "The passive experience of a slot machine does not resonate with them."
But don't expect Fallout 4 or Call of Duty to make its way to casinos anytime soon. So far, the games proposed are casual and fall more in line with Candy Crush and Angry Birds. Casino owners plan on continuing to work with game developers to bring more variety to their gaming areas, though.