posted on Jun, 4 2016 @ 02:09 PM
Wow, see, everybody read his post:
a reply to: Aazadan
Yeah my final years in the 'arcade' industry, my 'final employer' had me manufacturing, and building rooms full of "sweepstakes" and 'arcade slot
machines'. Networked, progressive machines. Other stuff like that. There was this one cool little mechanical game "Circus Circus" we were the
exclusive operator of. Gambling crack machines was never what I signed on for, but it's basically the final remaining frontier for 'arcades'. His
clients were basically more or less targeting areas around old folks, trailer parks nearby. It's common knowledge in that little niche of the industry
the old folks on Social Security check day pay out.
But at least there was a certain logic to it that say they only go in there with $20, they could win back more and have more game time as a result. Do
recall going to the arcades in the 80's-90's, as a kid, spend $10-20 in a hour or two, no money back. But then you have the ADDICTS which really
warrant the whole investment.
So then of course with the Sweepstakes machines its a total scam. It's best likened to a digital scratch off ticket scheme. They look and play like
the arcade slots, mostly anyhow, except click with a mouse or a touch screen. There's a weird logic to them that they all hook together, and every
time frame (say once per day) or every so many total plays across the lot of them, between all the machines there's a set amount of 'wins' for each
payout bracket, split amongst the lot of them. Its supposed to go around till all the prizes are used up, and then reset again. There were state laws
supposedly enforcing the model. Total crap, and at the time it was a haywire industry. There were all sorts of developers coming up with their own
software suites and trying to get companies to go all around the legal states installing the rooms. So I dont know how many even followed the legal
specs. Nobody can really see behind the math models very well, but my impression was they're even more scheming that the typical stand alone slot
Then of course, with the Sweepstakes machines, there's the bizarre 'loophole' scheme where you dont actually buy 'credits' per say, instead you're
buying something like "internet time", or "phone card minutes". They actually put "Internet Cafe" on the signs. So you buy the "hour" of internet
time, but once you sit down, and click past the bogus web prompt screen, then it all looks like normal slots. A lot of times they have to do gift
cards as what you win. I guess this model helped them bust into a lot of districts for a while, until the authorities get around to figuring out the
legal goobleygoop to stop them. Here in FLorida it was a big craze (all the old folks to prey upon), but time legislation turmoil it was causing when
I was paying attention *back around 2010'ish).
Yep, 2 years of that, at the end, retired from the entire gaming industry for good.
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