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Lamborghini Huracán STO

“Can perform a corner without losing its speed, there is no secret, only a matter of overall balance.” Andrea Caldarelli 

By: Conan Zhang, Elle Grant × Vaughn Lowery  

The Lamborghini Huracán first debuted at the 2014 Geneva auto show, and it is nearing 17,500 sales nationally, making the Huracán of the most popular cars in the United States. In the year 2022, This legendary model displays its prowess in a powerful performance! The “Super Trofeo Omologato,” in short as STO, is making its name in the Lamborghini Huracán family.

The Huracán STO is the most powerful Huracán ever made, created with only one goal: to deliver the most genuine feeling of a track car in the body of a road-legal machine. The car is inspired by the racing heritage of Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s one-make race series, featuring the Super Trofeo EVO and also GT3 EVO model, which won 3 times at the  24 hours Daytona and twice at the 12 hour Sebring race. In this car model, drivers are provided with the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate race experience every time they take to the road. 

Once again, 360 Magazine is excited to be invited to the exclusive Lamborghini Lounge NYC; the opening of this site coincides with the debut of Huracán STO! This private space is located at 533 W 26th Street in the heart of the Chelsea district. The space was designed in an extravagant way offering us and other users the most luxurious experiences. The sound system in the room provided by Bang & Olufsen brings forth a progressive listening experience, maximizing the atmosphere of rallies and parties that can be held in the space. All the rooms here feature Italian furniture by Living Divani, while the kitchen is furnished by La Dolce Vita, allowing all the guests to not only enjoy driving Italian but also living Italian. Most excitingly, 360 had the chance to see and drive the 2022 Lamborghini Huracán STO with the guide with a Formula 1 Racer from the Lounge.  

Design 

The exterior is designed to achieve the balance of being both powerful and functional. It inherits the appearance of the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO while being even more aggressive! The usage of carbon fiber in the model makes up 75% of the body panels, which means every part viewable to the consumer’s eye is made of carbon fiber. This unique configuration makes the car 88 pounds lighter than the Performante model. 

The one thing extraordinarily unique about the design is in the front of the car. It is called the “Cofango” – a specially designed body component that incorporates the front hood and fender. It looks like a stylish clamshell made purely of carbon fiber resting on the head of the car and it can be lifted as a whole. 

When we move our sight to the back of the car, there is an exaggerated double-profile rear race wing that can be adjusted into 3 positions. It will provide 714-925 pounds of downforce, equivalent to the weight of a highland cow! On top of the car is a central shark-fin along with several air scoops that helps drag optimization and an ideal aerodynamic performance. Compared with the Performante model, this vehicle is 37% more aerodynamic efficient. 

Compared with the 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD Spyder, which 360 had the opportunity to test drive last month, the drag coefficient is much better on the STO model, as the EVO is a Spyder version where the drag force is extremely high with the top down. 

Performance 

The rear-wheel-drive not only contributes to making this car’s ability to drift and turn in a more sophisticated way but also assists in making the car lighter than the AWD models. It is equipped with rear steering that makes handling even more precise. With a V10 naturally aspirated 640 hp (470 kW) power plant, it produces a torque of 565 Nm, at 6,500 rpm. These components combined provide an acceleration of 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds, 0-124 mph in 9.0 seconds, and a top speed of 192 mph. 

The brakes on this car absolutely provide us with a race evocative adrenaline! The CCMR Braking System, which is directly derived from F1, is now built into the carbon-ceramic brakes that help stop this speed monster in 3 seconds when driving at 62 mph. 

Technology 

When we settle into the driver’s seat, there features a delicate touch screen on the center of the console. New Human Machine Interface (HMI) is equipped on the car, which helps the users to control the drive mode, monitor tire pressures, and tracks brake temperatures. The car is exactly what is needed to be a champion on the track day on the weekend without sacrificing the high-end features of a technologically advanced model. What is more satisfying is that the STO Connected Telemetry System will record a splendid performance which drivers can use to check our phones anytime and everywhere. 

There are 3 driving modes that one can choose on the steering wheel – STO mode which is for daily driving, Trofeo mode which is for a fast and furious track driving experience, and Pioggia mode that adds huge traction designed expressly for driving on the wet surface.

Besides those technical features that help monitor the Huracán’s day-to-day performance, this car also features more classic modern features such as Apple Car Play and USB cables for convenience on the daily commute!

Conclusion 

This stunning beast of a vehicle starts at USD 327,838, which is surely more expensive than the RWD Huracán EVO. People may doubt whether it is worthwhile spending more on a car that is both a daily vehicle and born for the track. The answer, from experience, is this STO model is a supercar of its kind and features peak performance qualities across the board – the STO stands in a class of its own. In a look towards the future, Lamborghini has announced that they will go completely hybrid on all model lines beginning in 2024. Despite this development, we are glad to still be living in an era where the STO still shines on stage, or rather, the track. 

Pre-order now.

Photos by: Anthony Marotta

Edited by: Jeff Langlois

image by Sara Davidson for use by 360 Magazine

OUT TODAY

THE RONNIE WOOD BAND
MR LUCK – A TRIBUTE TO JIMMY REED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

The Ronnie Wood Band return to the blues this month with the second instalment of his live album trilogy –‘Mr Luck – A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’. Released by BMG today, September 17, 2021, the 18-track album features The Ronnie Wood Band including Mick Taylor with incredible special guests, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller and pays tribute to one of Ronnie’s musical heroes and major influences, the Mississippi electric blues pioneer Jimmy Reed.

The album is recorded live at a memorable night at the Royal Albert Hall on November 1st, 2013. It features stunning tracks including “Good Lover,” “Ghost of A Man,” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.” With unique album artwork specially created by Ronnie, Mr Luck will be available digitally, on CD, as a vinyl release, and as a beautiful limited-edition dual-tone smoky blue vinyl.

When self-taught guitarist Eddie Taylor imparted his skills onto his friend Jimmy Reed, he surely couldn’t have imagined the effect this was to have on the Chicago blues scene. Backing up such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, he is best remembered for his work with his former student.

Sweet coincidence, then, that in 1974 another Taylor, Mick, would make way for Ronnie Wood in the Rolling Stones, paving the way for these two friends and celebrated guitarists to work on projects ever since. The culmination of this to date is Taylor’s place in The Ronnie Wood Band at the Royal Albert Hall for 2013’s Bluesfest, where they played the now-legendary set that would come to birth to this recording.

Ronnie comments: “Jimmy Reed was one of the premier influences on the Rolling Stones and all the bands that love American blues from that era until the present day. It is my honor to have the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy with this tribute.”

This album marks the second iteration in a trilogy of special and personal albums by Wood and the band, celebrating Ronnie’s musical heroes. The first album, Mad Lad explored the work of Chuck Berry as an emotional commemoration after Berry’s passing just over two years ago. Ronnie toured with Berry and was a lifelong fan.

Tracklist:

Essence
2. Good Lover
3. Mr. Luck
4. Let’s Get Together
5. Ain’t That Loving You Baby
6. Honest I Do
7. High & Lonesome
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do 9. Roll and Rhumba
10. You Don’t Have To Go
11. Shame Shame Shame
12. I’m That Man Down There
13. Got No Where To Go
14. Big Boss Man
15. I Ain’t Got You
16. I’m Going Upside Your Head 17. Bright Lights Big City
18. Ghost of a Man

Ronnie Wood is one of the foremost rock guitarists in the world, and a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the Rolling Stones and the Faces. Ronnie has also pursued a remarkable parallel career as a highly regarded artist and, as a natural raconteur, has won a record three prestigious Sony Radio Personality awards.

Top Five Hidden Tips for Buying the Right Bathtub Cushion

If you’re looking forward to a long, peaceful soak after a long day at work, but you know the harsh edge of your bathtub will cause neck and backache. With a suitable bathtub cushion, no more suffering! To enhance your posture and decrease neck, shoulder, and back strains that lead to pain, invest in a bath pillow to support your neck and back. Here are some hidden factors to keep in mind while buying a bath pillow.

Choose Durable Pillow

Choose pillows made of high-quality, long-lasting materials. Select materials that can handle both hot and cold temperatures. For excellent support of your neck, shoulder, and back, a pillow should be firm. For comfort and durability, choose an option that combines foam and vinyl for the exterior. Some bath pillows come with a lifetime money-back guarantee, showing that the maker is confident in their product’s durability. Proper storage of your pillow increases its durability thus increased service.

Easy Maintenance

Pillows made of easy-to-clean and dry materials are ideal. Choose a machine-washable product if you don’t want to hand-wash it. Some pillows come with a hook that to hang them to dry and ventilates them faster. To avoid bacteria growth, clean and disinfect your pillow after each use. Do not iron our pillow, just dry air it.

Think About The Shape And Size Of Your Bathtub

Bath pillows come in unique designs. They come in different shapes and sizes. You should consider the size of your bathtub and choose one that fits the shape and size of your bathtub. Always check the comfort that the pillows offer. It should give your neck and back the support they need.

Check The Suction Cups

Bath pillows come with suction cups. Imagine trying to relax in your bathtub with your pillow slipping and requiring constant repositioning. It can be tiring and irritating, and you cannot relax as you had imagined. When attached to a bathtub, suction cups give your bath pillows firmness, preventing them from slipping. Look for pillows with extra-large suction cups; the more suction cups, the more the pillow stick to the tub.

Material Used

Fabric and inflatable plastic are the two types of materials used to make bath pillows. Inflatable plastic is completely waterproof and dries quickly. Though it is portable, it is uncomfortable compared to fabric bath pillows and can easily slip when you’re enjoying your bath. Fabric pillows are gentle on the skin and provide luxurious comfort. They contain a breathable mesh material that does not irritate your skin or cause sore necks and backs, although they take longer to dry.

Conclusion

To avoid rapid wear and tear, as well as mold and mildew, you must take care of your bath pillow, just as you would shower curtains and mats. Bath pillows can help relieve headaches and muscle discomfort by turning your bath into a relaxing experience thus giving you Everlasting Comfort. Bathing in a nice and relaxing tub will not only give you comfort but it can also be therapeutic and can help you relax and sleep better at night.

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Brands You Will Love In 2021

There is no shortage of new and established products out there for consumers to try in 2021. One thing that has become obvious over the past year is consumer preference for quality. Because online shopping has skyrocketed consumers in the U.S. and around the world are seeming to tend to require more information about the products they buy. The reason being that, while browsing is something you do even when shopping in person, the level at which you can browse when ONLINE shopping is far superior. 

Say you are at a big box store looking at laptops. Maybe there will be ten options there for you to choose from or, if the place is especially large, maybe you’ll get twenty. But on the internet, there are literally hundreds of options – all of which you can research and choose from at your leisure until you choose the right one. While increased variety is certainly not a bad thing, it can also lead to something called “decision paralysis” where your mind gets overwhelmed at the number of options and defaults to something familiar. This is where curated lists like the one below come in handy: We did the research to pick out some of the best brands so that you don’t have to!

Organic Protein

Whether you are a fitness fanatic or not, protein powder is on just about everyone’s shopping list these days. Supplementation should not be thought of as a “substitute” for a good diet but, when taken in combination with a good diet, high-quality (preferably organic) protein products like those from Orgain can make a world of difference in terms of your overall health. 

Adding a high-quality protein powder or drink to your diet can lead to better muscle growth, improved appearance of your skin, more energy, less hunger, and more. 

A Secure, Portable Cubby

Tech Tub2 is a way to keep multiple electronic devices safe when you travel with kids, or students, or whatever the case may be. The device is epecially designed for educators but also has important uses for coaches, parents, and others.

Athletic Apparel

Like every other facet of life, exercise (and physical activities in general) have a uniform. That’s not to say you should be wearing a suit on the basketball court, but you should be wearing the athletic version of the RIGHT STUFF. And that’s where tasc performance comes in. Offering some of the best in bamboo-based technology, clothing from tasc will help you look the part and feel the part whenever you are doing something athletic. It’s high-performance athletic apparel for adults with an authentic approach to their fitness.

High-Quality CBD

CBD has a wide range of benefits, many of which are only now be discovered by the American public. But not all CBD is created equal. If you are looking for a product to help you sleep better or to help reduce your muscle or joint aches and pains, considering going with broad spectrum CBD from Healist Naturals.

Shaving Done Right

LTHR Shaving makes shaving a genuinely enjoyable experience. Sure we all know that a warm, old-fashioned shave feels better and makes you look better than a rush job. But who has the time? With the hot lather shaving device by LTHR, now you do!

The Best In Men’s Jewelry

JAXXON is bringing back men’s jewelry in a big way. Whether you’re thinking about a gold chain, silver bracelet or anything in-between checkout JAXXON for high-quality jewelry at reasonable prices.

The Best Way to Get Comfy

This faux fur blanket from Everlasting Comfort is the only comfort you’ll need while traveling or when snuggling up on the couch. The right blanket makes all the difference when it comes to sleep or relaxing at the end of a long day. That is why, even when it comes to your blanket, it pays to get something that is genuinely high quality and which will feel comfortable enough to help sleep better and relax easier.

Conclusion

Organic protein, athletic apparel, and more. Many products have come out over the past year with those listed here being among the best. Enjoy!

5 Ways to Save More Money for a Down Payment on Your Home

There are plenty of reasons to buy your own home. Some of them are practical. In many places, mortgage costs are lower than rent. There are tax breaks associated with having a mortgage. A house can also be an excellent investment. However, many of the reasons are also emotional, and you may find yourself wanting to a buy a home even if it might not be the optimal financial decision. 

It can be comforting to know that you are not reliant on the whim of a landlord. If you are a DIY type, you may long to have a place of your own that you can put your stamp on. One of the big barriers to homeownership is money, and having more money for a down payment can get you a better payment plan. Below are several ways to help you save for this down payment.

Make a Budget

This is the first, fundamental step. Making a budget nearly always means that you will find places where there is waste, and you can put this money toward a home instead. Even though you are probably enthusiastic about saving, you should make sure that you don’t cut your budget to the absolute minimum because this is too hard to stick to. A budget that you can live with allows slow and steady savings.

Sell Your Life Insurance Policy

You might actually not realize that you have some valuable items that you could sell, such as your life insurance policy. Both permanent and term coverage can be sold, and it only takes a few seconds to get an estimate of your policy’s value. If you are single and do not have dependents, this might be a particularly attractive option. On the other hand, if there is a family that depends on you and they would need the money from the policy if anything happened to you, you may want to look at selling other items.

Sell Other Items

You can make money selling clothing, furniture, books, cookware and more. Whether you want to put them online, have an old-fashioned yard sale or take them to a consignment or other shop that buys used items, this is a quick way to make some cash on things you weren’t using anyway—and you won’t have to move them to your new home.

Gig Work

Gig work can be a great way to pick up some extra money because unlike a part-time job, it requires little commitment. You can deliver food, give people rides, walk dogs, mow lawns or do any number of other things and put away everything that you make toward your down payment. You might be surprised at how fast this can add up.

Look for High-Interest Savings

You can turn the money that you’re making from all of the above suggestions into even more money if you can get paid interest on it. While many traditional savings accounts offer low interest rates, if you do not need access to your down payment money for a while, you might look into certificates of deposit and other vehicles that may give you higher rates and make you some money without having to do anything at all.

new candy illustration by Rita Azar by 360 Magazine

What to Know Before Traveling with CBD

By Ed Donnelly, founder of AmourCBD

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is the oil found in the stem of hemp plants which has the THC extracted to reach levels below 0.3%.  CBD products have become an everyday essential and as travel begins to pick up, many people are unsure if they can bring their favorite CBD products with them.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when bringing your CBD products along.

Consider state laws

Hemp’s classification changed under the 2018 Farm Bill from being considered a Schedule I drug, meaning it is no longer considered a controlled substance, thus making consumption, production, and transportation across state lines legal. In order to even be considered hemp, products have to meet very strict requirements.  For one, the THC percentage in the product cannot be higher than 0.3% otherwise it can be considered marijuana which is yet to be legalized on a federal level.  Thankfully, AmourCBD products have a 0.00% THC guarantee and are produced in an FDA regulated facility so travelers need not worry.  When transporting hemp, the product has to be produced lawfully under the 2018 Farm Bill, and the USDA has to have issued approved regulations and procedures within that specific state.  Each production plan was submitted individually by states—additional information pertaining to that can be found here.  

TSA Compliant

While transporting marijuana across state lines is not allowed since it has not been legalized on a federal level, travelers can still bring most cannabis infused products with them, like CBD, as long as they contain under 0.3% THC. Like most hygienic products such as makeup and lotions, the TSA requires that any products brought in carry-on luggage do not exceed 3.4 oz and are stored in a resealable, clear 1 qt bag. Anything greater than 3.4 oz has to be stowed away in checked luggage. All AmourCBD products are less than 3.4 oz and can be brought safely on the plane. Additionally, CBD products do not need to be declared at the airport during domestic travel as they are federally legal in the United States.

Benefits of CBD for travel jitters

Why would travelers want to bring CBD along?  Various studies have shown that CBD can be used to help alleviate symptoms associated with insomnia, anxiety, and some muscle pains. Whatever your fear may be, whether a fear of heights, flying in general, or uneasiness during turbulence, consuming products like AmourCBD’s 10mg Gummies can help significantly when conquering your flight.  Not enough legroom or stiff muscles? AmourCBD’s Pain Relief Cream, which is the very first FDA-registered CBD cream on the market, has an active ingredient of lidocaine which helps soothe discomfort quickly, and without residual smells.  If you want to combat jet lag or simply want to rest on a long flight, travelers can also use CBD in place of products like melatonin.

International Travel Guidelines

When traveling internationally, CBD regulations can become a bit less straightforward. While it is legal to travel with CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC domestically in the United States, other countries have different laws regarding CBD use. Before bringing CBD products along for international travel, check on the regulations of the country you are traveling to in order to ensure you are abiding by that country’s laws. If you are unsure, professionals suggest leaving CBD products at home since many countries have stricter CBD-related drug laws than the United States.

Check for THC in CBD Products

Be sure to double check the ingredients of your CBD products before travel. As previously stated, CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are federally legal, but CBD products containing higher doses of THC can vary in legality by state. Especially when traveling to or from a state where marijuana is legal, make sure to check your CBD products for their THC levels. Luckily, AmourCBD products contain 0.00% THC guaranteed, ensuring safe domestic travel.

Keeping rules and regulations in mind when traveling with your CBD must-haves can help ensure a smooth and relaxing trip, especially during a time we need it most.

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4 Well-Paying Careers That Touch the Hearts of People

The most exciting careers often seem to lose their shine at one point or another. While there are many reasons for this, lack of job satisfaction is one reason this happens. 

One way to avoid this slump in your professional life is to find a job that pays well and delivers high levels of job satisfaction. Often, this comes from being in a career that allows you to change lives, help people or make a difference in one’s community.

If you want to get it right from the get-go, here are four well-paying careers that allow you to do just that.

1. Occupational Therapy

 It’s no doubt that life is unpredictable and can throw some curveballs at people along the way.

At times, perfectly healthy people get into accidents or situations that make it impossible to them to do things they could do with ease before. This sudden inability to be independent lowers one’s quality of life and impacts their mental health as well.

Occupational therapists help such patients. Each new patient comes with different needs. These specialists’ role is to assess what these are, create a plan, and help the patient and their loved ones execute it.

While your patients might always need some level of support, your role is to help them adapt to their new normal and re-learn some basic skills. These small strides will mean everything to them.

2. Child Care

A good child care professional is a godsend to parents. Once you become a parent, your child becomes the most precious thing in your life.

This explains the anxiety and stress new parents face when resuming their regular working schedules after having a baby. Indeed, nothing prepares parents for the emotional rollercoaster experienced during this period.

As a childminder, your role is to take care of little ones when their parents are at work or running errands. Your everyday activities will include feeding, bathing, playing with the child, and providing comfort and nurturing until their parents return.

This job is double rewarding. Not only will parents love you for minding their kids, but the sheer joy and giggles from the tots will make your heart melt.

3. Kindergarten Teacher

If you have a passion for kids, being a kindergarten teacher is extremely rewarding.

Good kindergarten teachers are loved and remembered fondly by former student years after transitioning into other learning levels.

There is a good reason for this. These teachers are at the forefront in introducing learners to the education system. When done correctly, students at this stage build a solid foundation and have a positive association with school.

Kids at this level are also just becoming used to being away from home and their parents, making their teacher a nurturer. As a result, kids tend to form an attachment to their kindergarten teachers and are often very appreciative of their role.

4. Drug addiction Counsellors

While everyone goes through tough times from time to time, some people tend to handle life’s challenges better than others. Unfortunately, some folks find themselves entangled in substance abuse.

As this quickly unravels, it affects almost all other areas of one’s life, including career, relationships, physical and mental health, and so on.

Fortunately, a drug addiction counselor can help patients work through their problems and rid themselves of their drug problems. Once they are back healthy and get their lives back on track, their appreciation for their counselor is unexplainable.

Final Thoughts

These jobs will impact the lives of people profoundly, albeit in different ways. Aside from job satisfaction, the compensation for these jobs is not shabby either.

If you see something, you feel you’d be great at, take the next step and make it happen!

remote learning illustration by Kaelen Felix

How to Make Your Pop Culture Blog Successful

Pop culture involves a range of topics, such as celebrity updates, the latest TV shows, and movies. As long as it involves popular, new information, it falls into that niche. If you are passionate about the topic, you might consider starting a pop culture blog to share your knowledge with the rest of gossip-driven interesting reads.

Growing Your Traffic

Your readers will make your break the blog. That means you’ll want to use every tactic you can to bring in traffic and retain it. That way, the site will run well. Some tactics might work better than others, but a combination of methods is often the best. Search engine optimization involves making your site easier to find online. You might optimize the site or use specific keywords so people can find your pages. If you want to grow your revenue, it is essential to use intent SEO to outrank the competition. Since you might not be familiar with the tactics used, you can review guides to great SEO writing in a few easy steps, plus tools & pro tips.

You’ll also need to create an environment that promotes growth so your readers can engage with you. That way, they will continue to comment on meaningful posts. You need to respond to their comments and engage with them, so your audience feels it is worthwhile to come back. Consider it building a community instead of merely allowing them to read passively. Social media is an excellent channel for helping you engage with the readers. That way, they can choose the platform they are most comfortable with. If the topic allows, you might have them choose what you cover now and then.

Content Created by Pop Culture Bloggers

That means you’ll need to pick a focus for the blog. There are many options, so ensure you choose something that fits your passions. Choose something that you can make your own to give your blog more influence. You don’t have to choose the focus right away. You might decide to add more focus at a later time once you have gotten more into your topic. For instance, you might enjoy current fashions, so you might begin with hair and then move on to clothing, makeup, and other style topics. 

No matter the niche, create relevant, engaging content to help your blog stand out. Make sure that your readers can get something out of their visit to your site. It might include a unique perspective that stands out from typical blogs in your niche. Give them a reason for coming back. That is often hard since there are already many pop culture blogs out there. Do your research on how you can build your audience to bring those readers to you. Give them something they want to come back to over and over again. The more your readers want to go back, the better your readership. Let them have a say in what you post to encourage engagement. Create polls or ask them to respond in the comments section.

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Classic casino games – why they’ve stood the test of time

One of the largest and most successful industries in the world is the casino industry, both brick and mortar and online. The physical and online casino industry is currently worth an estimated $227 billion, with online casinos alone bringing in $46 billion of that number. If a person were to compare the casino landscape from 20 years ago to today, it is vastly different as the industry continues to move online. 

Even the iconic physical slot machines have been replaced with digitalized slot machines with algorithms predicting a win or loss. Although, in spite of all the technological advancements and the fact that every casino game has now moved online, they’re all practically still the same. It might not be easy to tell they’re the same with the graphics and game modes now offered on popular casinos like Vera & John, according to Manekineko Casino Vera & John offer over 350 slot games. So, it’s clear that slots have stood the test of time no matter the type of casino you play at now, whether in person or at home from your mobile. It is obviously to some degree due to the popularity of the classic casino games, and that they were designed in such a way to withstand the test of time, although there could be other factors that we’re going to look at. 

Familiarity 

When someone brings up the image of a casino in their mind, many people would think of rows of slot machines, table games such as blackjack, poker and the iconic roulette wheel, even without having visited a casino before or played any of the games. This is because these games have become imprinted on people’s memory, whether it be through books, stories, movies or television series; there is an expectation of what a casino should look like, and as a result, these are the games that are provided. In addition to these games becoming iconic, the online casino industry needs them to maintain their initial success. 

This is because the games are familiar to those new to playing casino games, and also for the experienced gamblers moving online, which is critical for online casinos since they are relatively new, and new games might not gain the same traction as the classics. 

Some don’t require skill and are fun 

Some casino games are designed in such a way to be fun and not require skill, such as slots, which is something that every new gambler needs; a simple game to introduce them to gambling. Games like slots, baccarat and bingo are all engaging yet simple, and offer fast gameplay that doesn’t require much in the way of strategy. These games are perfect for someone just looking to pass the time, or to test their luck. 

Although even slot games have changed dramatically over the years to maintain their relevance, whether it be by the added animations or the many themes, such as celebrities, sports or superheroes. Some slot games are even adopting video game themes to appeal to a younger audience, and bingo is vastly different too. 

The odds are better

In terms of people wanting to win money, the classic table games give the best odds, even online. Games like blackjack have an average house edge of 0.5%, video poker has a house edge of 0.46% and roulette is 5.26%. To give an example, a person could play blackjack with a $200 bankroll and bet $2 per hand, and be able to play for over 4 hours if they use basic strategy. 

This kind of low house edge is extremely appealing for many gamblers, especially those who don’t have a lot of experience. In addition to the house edge, all of the games listed above include a social factor, which is extremely important for the entertainment value of the game. 

Things might be changing

With all of that being said, things might be changing though, as the more experienced gamblers become less. Millennials are slowly becoming the main customer base for the casino industry, and because of that, a few games are slowly becoming less popular. Studies show that millennials are interested in games with strategy and skill, and find games like blackjack and slot unfair and uninteresting. 

Even Las Vegas is not really a gambling destination anymore, but a party destination, with room revenue from hotels being almost the same as the revenue from casinos, indicating that millennials are more interested in partying than gambling. Online gambling however shows an increase in the popularity of poker and sports betting, virtual and real, amongst millennials. However, traditional, classic casino games are not going anywhere, any time soon.   

Be sure to check out gclub for more information about the aforementioned.

360 MAGAZINE illustration for online gaming by Symara Briel Wilson

Forgotten Vintage Gaming Consoles

The video game console scene these days is quite settled, boring even. Sony and Microsoft have a stranglehold on the market, with the PlayStation enjoying a healthy lead on the Xbox. And then you have Nintendo doing their own thing with the Switch on the handheld segment, despite the rise of mobile gaming. 

All this is a far cry from the early decades of video game consoles. Consoles had some crazy innovations in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, as the designers were experimenting quite a lot. Naturally, the technology was also quite primitive in terms of computing power, graphics, and display, resulting in some extra weirdness. 

These are some of the vintage gaming consoles that never made it to the big leagues in the cut-throat video games market. Some were from small brands while others are from the big names we still see churning out consoles and games today.

Fairchild Channel F 

Despite being the first home console to use cartridges and a microprocessor, the Fairchild Channel F failed in the console market. Pitted against the legendary Atari 2600 (home of Pacman), the Channel F ended up decidedly second-best. 

Before the Fairchild, other consoles like the Magnavox Odyssey came with games built-in, which severely limited choice as well as graphics quality. The Channel F came with two built-in games and a library that eventually expanded to include over 26 games. 

The cartridges for these games were called “videocarts” and had games like Tic Tac Toe, Space War, Spitfire, and Shooting Gallery. Though it had a decent list of games, the Fairchild Console could not match Atari’s popular arcade games. 

And the controllers were also decidedly poor quality, breaking rather quickly. The F in Channel F stood for “Fun.” The fun stopped for Fairchild in 1983 as sales declined and they ended production after a six-year run that started in 1976. 

Radica Games Consoles

The modern handheld consoles like PSP, GameBoy, and Switch are designed to play many different games. But in the past, we had consoles that were basically one-trick ponies – they only came with one or a few handfuls of in-built titles. 

Radica Ltd is a name that many who were kids in the 1980s and 90s may not remember. Though not as famous as Sega or Nintendo, the US manufacturer was quite prolific in the handheld consoles market, mass-producing devices between 1983 and 2006. 

Though they became famous for consoles that carried titles from the biggest brands like Sega and Taito, Radica actually started in the gambling business. The company initially launched collectible game consoles for casinos. 

These had classic games like Blackjack 21, Poker, and Solitaire. Though thoroughly outdated by modern standards, the vintage feel of the games does make Radica consoles great from a nostalgic POV. Online variations have been designed to model modern blackjack tables as found in top land-based casinos.

Radica did not do anything innovative in the design department. Their consoles largely copied the design set by others. The company was eventually acquired and fully absorbed by toy giant Mattel in 2006. 

The Vectrex

We take screens for granted these days – be it on handheld consoles or mobile phones. But there was a time when consoles had to depend entirely on an outside video output source (and they still do for PS5 and Xbox Series X). 

The Vectrex was an idea that came far too soon – in an era when screens were still bulky, monochrome, and highly pixelated. Launched in the early ’80s, the Vectrex came bundled with its display, which was like a mini-TV. 

The display was black and white, with a series of plastic color overlays that you could place on the screen to make the objects look red, green, or blue. Though it had way better graphics than contemporary consoles, thanks to vector graphics instead of bitmaps (smooth lines), the console was ultimately a failure. 

For one, it was incredibly expensive. And the allure of not needing a TV for gaming was not huge in those days, especially as this was not a portable device. It was one of the major casualties in the great market crash of the video game industry in 1983.

Virtual Boy

Virtual Reality is a cutting edge technology that holds a lot of promise in gaming. Yet in 2021, it is still a niche in the video games landscape – a fast-growing one at that, but still in need of evolution. So you can imagine how primitive a VR-based console must have been way back in the 1990s. 

Launched by Nintendo in 1995, Virtual Boy was a good 20 years ahead of the technology. The 3D game system came with a cool VR headset and a connected controller, and games in full monochrome glory. 

Yes, Virtual Boy games had to be enjoyed in red, as the hardware was not capable of outputting in any other colors. It had a real “Terminator vision” vibe to it, which was probably intentional given how popular those movies were back then. 

The hardware was quite bulky, with the headset being quite cumbersome. And it was also quite notorious for causing headaches and eye strain to users. The one major game available on the Virtual Boy was Mario’s Tennis. 

Though the stereoscopic 3D was quite impressive for its time, the console was widely panned by critics and users. It was a commercial failure as well, due to insane pricing. Nintendo did try to make it more appealing by dropping the prices but to no avail. The Virtual Boy sank without a trace.