Beyond the Reels
CDC Gaming Reports
Beyond the Reels: Will slot games without spinning reels, or even videos of spinning reels, catch on in the market?
January 30, 2019
There have been a few evolutions in the history of slot machines, although, considering Charles Fey began selling his Liberty Bell three-reel game in the late 1890s, a few isn’t many.
Fey’s design of three reels with payouts for matching symbols remained unchanged for a century, and even when machines evolved in the 1990s to include more reels, more pay lines, and animated features never imagined by Fey, it has largely been an evolution of sameness. Players are still matching symbols on reels that spin and stop, whether the games themselves are mechanical or video.
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