Sunday, November 23, 2008

Slot machines are the casual games of casinos.

Went up to Tahoe to snowboard this past weekend and stopped in Reno for a night of gambling. We walked in and my buddy Josh instantly hit the slots. I never gave slots things much attention until he started to show me some of them. Slot machines occupy the most square footage in casinos -- certainly they must be doing something right! So I sat down with him and started studying some of his favorites.

They're really fascinating things. It made me realize people have been playing casual games far before any video game was ever around. Studying them certainly gave me a few lessons in the allure of casual gaming.

I'd love to talk more about what I'm considering but it's just too early. I will say this: No, Demiforce is not going to write a slot machine game and NO, I did not play any slots while I was there :) Josh ended up winning big though. Stay tuned...

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Hi Steve, this is Josh's friend Mike, who met you @ his birthday dinner down in West Portal. Glad to hear in the time since about your continued success (I'm in the early stages of writing a music app for the iPhone so perhaps someday you'll hear about mine, too. ;-> )

Anyway, just wanted to chime in: Somehow Josh always seems to win big, doesn't he.

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