October 7, 2011 by Darren
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Technology has created a generation gap in terms of how we gamble.
People who have grown up with texting and Smartphones prefer video slot machines, while gamblers over age 40 tend not to trust them.
“Older generations see the spinning mechanical reels and feel much more comfortable,” says John Dawson, an engineer for Video Gaming Technologies (VGT), a leading manufacturer of Class II machines for Native American casinos. “When they can’t see something really physically spin, they feel like they are being duped by technology.”
“With touch screens becoming more and more mainstream on phones, we’re seeing young people gravitate more to the video screens,” he says.
In the gaming industry, slot machines are now more commonly referred to as electronic gaming machines (EGM). Spinning the reels is controlled with a button and the traditional side lever is usually only present for nostalgic reasons. Read More