September 27, 2013

Arcade-inspired casino slot machines making a play for gamers

By Hannah Dreier / The Associated Press

(Continued from page 1)

click image to enlarge

Gaming industry representatives stop to play various slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Moving away from moving parts to video technology, the venerable slot machine is undergoing a generational shift.

AP

Advocates who work around gambling addiction worry the shoot 'em up bonus rounds could hurt "escape gamblers," who use wagering as a narcotic to forget about real world dilemmas.

"Any design feature that encourages increased play has the potential to affect problem gamblers," said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling.

The dynamic has some of IGT's competitors predicting recreational players will tire of video game conceit.

Several years ago, Bally rolled out a Pong slot machine that let players bounce a rudimentary ball during bonus rounds. But the interlude never boosted winnings more than 4 percent.

Skilled Centipede players will be able to increase their winnings far beyond that, and future games may raise the payout for hand-eye coordination eve more, IGT game designer Keith Hughes said.

"We're figuring out how to deliver video games to players in a wagering environment, and this game is helping us figure out the best way to do it," he said.

In 10 years, millennials who played Grand Theft Auto in college dorm rooms in the 2000s might find their old favorite blinking on the casino floor, a perfect storm of vices.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)