The game of bingo has been played by many generations and can be traced as far back as 1530. Bingo has grown and changed many time during its existence. Generally bingo is played with a grid of numbers, where you cover the numbers as they are called, and is purely a game of change. Bingo has been seen widely as a game for the older generation, although since the overtaking of the internet there is a younger generation getting involved with bingo.
Bingo can be traced to a game that was played in Italy in 1530, this was a lottery game. In France, during the 18th century, there were additions to the lottery game and the game evolved into something similar to the game we know today. These additions were playing cards, tokens and the reading of the numbers. In the next century, the game took an educational turn in Germany. It was used to teach children spelling and maths skills. In 1929, bingo had shown up in the United States as a game called Beano. Beano is played with dried beans, rubber stamps and cardboard sheets. A man named Edwin Lowe introduced the game of Beano to his friends after seeing it being played. Edwin’s friends liked it and one of the players is said to have made bingo history when he called out “Bingo” instead of “Beano”. From there bingo took off and developed, America eventually saw the opening of bingo halls.
Bingo halls are places where people go in and play bingo with other people, often for prizes. One of the biggest ways to play bingo, in the current century, is online bingo. This is a popular way to play bingo because it doesn’t involve you leaving your home and it still allows you to play bingo with other people. Online bingo is possibly popular because it doesn’t involve you buying any of the marker pens that are needed when playing on the paper cards. There are many different websites that offer bingo and most of them are free. The research is showing that online bingo is most often played by people that are under 50 years old. This is showing that bingo is no longer for just the older generation. Bingo is one of the easiest games to learn and is a great leisure activity. It used to be thought of as only for the older generation, but with online bingo the younger generation is starting to play. Bingo has come a long way from its simple beginnings.
Bingo will continue to change and get better as different generations find new things to add and change about the game.