Slot Machines Are Relatively New To Computer Games

When I hear the term “Slot Machines” my eyes tend to glaze over as I recall the opulent, fashionable themes of the casinos in Las Vegas. It’s like stepping into another world with the choice being yours as there are so many now.

First – a bit of history. [1] Charles Fey of San Francisco, CA is credited with the invention of the slot machine. It is believed that his first envision of the machine was in 1895 but it was not until 1897 he produced his first prototype. It has only 3 reels and they displayed a combination of five symbols – horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and a Liberty Bell and the payout was determined by which symbols were revealed in a row on the machine. The “Liberty Bell” as it was called was enormously popular and therefor copied by a number of manufacturers. This new form of entertainment was given a number of creative names. It was referred to as a “slot machine” in America, a “fruit machine” in Britain, “the slots” in English Canada and “pokies” in English Australia and New Zealand. The “One Armed Bandit” was a popular phrase used as well since the originals machines operated by pulling a lever on the side of the machine and very often relieved the hapless get-rich-quick player of all of his hard earned money.

By 1908 many cigar stores, saloons, brothels and barber stores had installed them for their customers entertainment.

Fast forward to the 1980′s. As with most technology the inner workings of the slot machine became a computer program and when embellished with all of the bells and whistles the modern machine took shape. Those machines that were set up with around 10,000 possible winning and losing combinations changed and increased to over 16 million possibilities.

The video slot machine changed the industry again when it dispensed with moving parts (reels) in favour of graphics. Essentially – the video slot machine was a computer game. Now the sky was the limit on how the game was presented, the amount of interaction between player and machine and bonus spin off games were incorporated into the experience.

Those who built the machines and the entrepreneurs who installed slot machines in their establishments quickly discovered the value of the “near miss” and the machines were programmed to draw attention to the near misses as an indication the big “win” would be forthcoming. Researcher Luke Clark explains the attraction of the “near miss” in Discovery Magazine. [2]

Researcher Luke Clark in the above mentioned article states: “Gambling has essentially hijacked the natural reward system…. and he adds that it’s not only gambling addicts who have to worry about being tricked by their own brains. “Importantly, our volunteers in this study were not regular or problem gamblers, and so these findings suggest that the brain may naturally respond to near misses in this way.”

As a safe alternative [I say safe alternative with the stipulation that one plays only on sites like Pogo.com and plays without betting] there are computer gaming sites such as Pogo.com that have the most imaginative themes for their slot machine games. There are hours of entertainment available without destroying lives or lifestyle.

Here’s the thing…if you enjoy slot machines just for the entertainment value, try the fun and games online at places like Pogo.com. It is always a good laugh and one can enjoy a rainy afternoon or, if you are a Canadian and live in the Great White North, pass the time when it’s -30 with a nasty wind blowing. I say this because that’s how I got started. It’s great fun.

Slot Machines – are they entertainment or achillies heel? More importantly, can we find entertainment without the danger of compulsive behavior?

Computer Gaming as a Business Venture

I love computer gaming and there is no doubt that when you are playing an online game for a small wager the thrill of winning makes the game play a whole lot more entertaining. A lot of games now are classed as “skill based” which nicely sidesteps the issue of gambling. If a game is based on skill and not luck it is considered something other than gambling, even if money is involved.

Invariably though, unless you are a champion of champions, the money you deposit eventually dwindles away and the time arrives when you need to re-invest with a few more coppers. I personally think that even though this is often the case, you still get far more value for money playing online than you do if, for example, you popped £5 into a fruit machine down the pub.

Something new and big is happening on the gaming front now though. There is a site that has recently been launched that promises to deliver not only good quality games, but the developers are also establishing a real-time instant messaging facility and blog feature so that players of games can interact immediately with their family and friends and other gamers. Challenges can be instantly satisfied with this concept and it brings a new level of social interaction for gamers who might ordinarily just play strangers and not socialize at all.

Not only is this concept new and refreshing but the developers have also decided to promote this site as an online venture for those willing to invest a small amount of money and time into their new business. I found this idea to be an exciting challenge and for those who are experienced in network marketing this opportunity must surely be putting a smile on a few faces.

What, indeed, could be simpler than earning a commission as people play games for cash prizes? The market is already huge, and is set to become even bigger. I was recently informed that a rival large game site had in excess of 190 million players in January alone. With figures like that it is easy to see why people are getting excited about tapping into this industry on a home-business level. More importantly, the venture is within the reach of just about anyone’s budget and can be promoted on or off the internet. So, whether you are a business entrepreneur or are content to just play the games and talk with friends, this site seems to have all bases covered.

In my opinion it is good to see these legitimate opportunities come to the forefront. If the developers please their affiliates and associates then they will certainly be enjoying a very good future because being an affiliate truly is being in partnership with the company whose products you are promoting. If the incentives aren’t there for you to achieve your targets then quite simply it is only a matter of time before you move onto a different product and the company will lose revenue and sales due to lack of promotion. It is therefore in the developers best interests to put together an irresistible package of compensation plans so that affiliates are kept happy. In the case above, I think they have managed to do just that!