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Crossing the Cultural Divide: How Indonesia Is Shaping The Online Gaming Industry

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Crossing the Cultural Divide: How Indonesia Is Shaping The Online Gaming Industry

Indonesian culture has spread far beyond the country’s shores over the last few decades.

As more people become aware of its customs and traditions, new ideas and fusions have formed. Unsurprisingly, Indonesian cuisine has found its way into western cultures in recent years. As young travellers pass through Bali during their adventures across southeast Asia, dishes such as nasi goreng, satay and bakso have become popular. Of course, it’s not just in the mouths of outsiders that Indonesia has made an impact, though.

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Indonesia Injecting Itself into Other Cultures

The sport of fahombo batu (jumping over boulders) has parallels with parkour from France and, more obviously, with the high jump. In fact, with Indonesia bidding to host the 2032 Olympic Games, the nation’s physical pursuits will be visible on a world stage. However, perhaps one of the most interesting areas of influence in recent years is the gaming industry, specifically slots. Despite gambling existing in something of a legal grey area in Indonesia, the culture has become a source of inspiration for developers across the western world.

Today, when you scroll through the lobby of any established online casino, Asian-inspired slots are all the rage. In fact, the genre has become so popular that it can be found among unlikely company. For example, when it comes to slots, Canada is naturally consumed with cultural staples such as music and movies. Indeed, the top slots for many Canadians, according to slot-machines.ca, also known as slots online Canada, are games such as Jimi Hendrix and Lord of the Rings. However, there also seems to be an affinity for things beyond the norm.

Asia Has Boosted Gaming and Now Gaming Could Do the Same for Asia

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If you read this post for more info about Casino Land, you’ll notice that it not only offers its services in more than five languages, it hosts 250+ casino games. Topping the list of weekly hot picks are Dragon’s Luck and Jaguar Temple. Based on traditions from Asian countries like Indonesia, these games have a certain appeal that Westerners love. Aesthetically, they are often decorated with gilded symbols and scenes of exotic landscapes. However, beyond that, the in-game features are designed to evoke mental images of faraway lands with a different pace of life.

That, in essence, seems to be the allure of these slots. Although developers will also take inspiration from Ancient Egypt, Africa and other cultures, Asia seems to dominate the industry. For Indonesia and its surrounding nations, that can only be a good thing. Indeed, it almost doesn’t matter how someone discovers a new culture, just as long as they do. While online gaming may not bolster tourist numbers in the same way as food or local landmarks, it can certainly help. Because of that, it will be interesting to see how travel statistics change over the coming years as online gaming becomes a $94 billion industry and more people get a taste for Asia thanks via slot machines.

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