Casinos and slot machine manufacturers are gearing up for a busy summer. The next time you walk into a casino you should expect to see a lot of new slot machines. The games feature new and unique themes and the most advanced technology we’ve ever seen in slot machines.
We are in a Generation X slot machine renaissance of sorts. This generation is comprised of people born in between 1965 to 1976. This is the generation between Millennials and Baby Boomers. We grew up in the 1980’s and hit our prime in the 1990’s before settling into adulthood in the 2000’s.
Baby Boomers used to be the target demographic of slot machine manufacturers and Millennials are probably too young to be interested in playing these games. Slot machine players tend to be closer to 50 and 60 than 20 and 30. Generation X, in the middle of those generations, is quickly approaching the average age of slot machine players and have become the target of gaming manufacturers.
The Global Gaming Expo (AKA G2E) is an annual trade show for the gaming industry. The expo featured themes that appeal directly to those of us born from 1965 to 1976 in the past couple of years. Those games and themes are finally hitting casinos.
I’m not an avid slot machine player but I’m a curious person who likes to see the newest games in casinos. For the first time ever, I’ve found myself visiting casinos specifically to see new slot machines. Earlier this year I visited the Suncoast to see one of the first Betty White slot machines in Las Vegas. Everyone I grew up with loved “The Golden Girls” and I needed to share pictures and video of the game ASAP! Here’s a look at some game play.
Here’s a little known fact, one of the first pieces of music I ever purchased was a vinyl single (7” or 45 RPM record) of “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia. I loved Pac-Man when I was growing up. One of the first games in Las Vegas was placed at Suncoast again. I made a return trip to a casino that I don’t visit very often just to play the new Pac-Man slot machine.
Video game nerds might be saddened to hear that this is only a slot machine. You won’t play the actual Pac-Man video game. That said, the graphics and audio might be enough to keep you entertained for awhile.
Most recently I happened to be meeting a friend at the Cosmopolitan the day after installed The Simpsons slot machine. I arrived at the casino an hour early just so I could take video and pictures of this game. This is one of the most technologically advanced slot machines I’ve seen.
This cabinet premiered at the Global Gaming Expo in 2015. The slot machine from Scientific Gaming debuted to the public with a new Willy Wonka Game and will house a Seinfeld slot machine later this year.
There is so much happening with the The Simpsons TV show characters on the screen(s) but what really blew me away was the audio which comes from every angle. Impressed would be an understatement about this game. Here’s an overview with a representative from Scientific Games.
Video games were a big part of growing up in the 1980’s. Lots of those video game themes are landing in casinos as slot machines. One of the unique games in Space Invaders. This is an optional skill-based slot machine.
You’ll play the base game like a normal slot machine. When you reach the bonus round you are given the option to use skill or to have your bonus randomly decided by the game. The skill option opens up the actual video game we grew up with. This game is pretty rad, check it out.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.