Money eater

Architecture, flow and money eating machines: ‘Slot machines: a lose lose situation‘, Tom Vanderbilt in the Guardian on the science and psychology of the slot:

The space is rather like a city, with gridded blocks of machines occasionally opening into wide, circular “plazas”, in the centre of which are slot machines ringed around columns…. In these spaces, the ceilings are slightly recessed, mirroring a circular pattern in the rug. “Your mind sort of drops imaginary lines down,” Schüll says, “and you have a sense that you’re being protected. It helps differentiate the space, rather than having it feel like one giant warehouse.”

Compare and contrast with this rather gee-whizz short film of slot machine technology, featuring Brett Jackson of Bally Technologies: ‘So to make it exciting for the player quite often what we’ll do is present the illusion of skill, where there are a lot of interactions, but they don’t really change the outcome of the game.’ (Gizmodo). See also this slot machine design by Art Lebedev for Rosgame, the main Russian slot manufacturer. See also the Vintage Slot Machine Web Ring (remember those?).

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