Slot Machine Design
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Slot machines have always been a unique marriage of industrial design pragmatism and exotic elements to transport the player, if only momentarily.
The design itself was and is ingenious; as with few other things (one good example would be the automobile), the basic principles of the slot machine remained largely unchanged from the late 1800’s to the end of the 20th Century, when the online casino usa and elsewhere.
As with the auto, slot machines began with a completely mechanical system (well, autos also had the combustion reaction, but for simplicity’s sake…) that was gradually augmented or replaced with electro-mechanical and ultimately fully electronic elements.
However, in addition to the function, increasing sophistication was also applied to the style and form. Slot machines began to sport themes; rather than a mere representation of the rewards one could expect (the paytable), players were also treated to increasingly elaborate ornamentation and a coherent continuity between the symbols, the name of the machine, and even the physical details (i.e., handle, buttons, glass windows, casing shape, et cetera).
While initially silent (or rather, as silent as a bunch of heavy metal pieces that spin rapidly can be), the allure of audio was added to the design with the iconic bells and alarms that signify a winner. Until the 1970’s, these devices were also completely mechanical in nature, but have since been replaced with electronics (first analog, then digital) just as the visual elements went from windows to video displays.
Modern casino slots are now a feast of high-tech multimedia, and very little is left of those heavy, complicated mechanical beasts that once populated every casino. In fact, there is little except the casings (and money-focused subsystems) to distinguish them from their online counterparts.
With the restrictions of the physical necessities loosed, online slots can explore creative design possibilities that mere land-based slots could never match. But more about that at another time…