Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Roman Ballroom

Start Date

29-5-2013 10:00 AM

End Date

29-5-2013 10:30 AM

Abstract

Introduction

The slot machines of today reflect an impressive design feat: translating cold win/loss probability into an unpredictable, whimsical, and engaging experience. A successful spin offers more than a quick payout, it’s an opportunity to experience hidden secrets within the machine: creative bonus games, rich animation and movie clips, even the chance to play simultaneously with other players on linked machines. Many of these characteristics are similar to design and gameplay elements of video games. Separate research into both slots and video games often reflect similar questions about design, motivation for play and addiction. This poster presents a visual and theoretical analysis of the convergence of video game elements into slot machines.

Disciplines

Gaming and Casino Operations Management | International Business | Statistics and Probability | Substance Abuse and Addiction | Tourism and Travel

Comments

File: Poster

 
May 29th, 10:00 AM May 29th, 10:30 AM

Mid-morning Break and Poster Sessions: A Comparative Analysis of Design and Motivation in Slot Machines and Video Games

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Roman Ballroom

Introduction

The slot machines of today reflect an impressive design feat: translating cold win/loss probability into an unpredictable, whimsical, and engaging experience. A successful spin offers more than a quick payout, it’s an opportunity to experience hidden secrets within the machine: creative bonus games, rich animation and movie clips, even the chance to play simultaneously with other players on linked machines. Many of these characteristics are similar to design and gameplay elements of video games. Separate research into both slots and video games often reflect similar questions about design, motivation for play and addiction. This poster presents a visual and theoretical analysis of the convergence of video game elements into slot machines.