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Posted 2007-08-23 by Tony Walsh
It was a great disappointment to me to learn, years ago, that the gambling industry calls itself the "gaming" industry, which is too close to "games" industry for my comfort. Obviously there's a lot of crossover between gambling and gaming, what with risk/reward balances, and skill/chance balances--the major difference being the outcome of the activity (you win or lose money when you gamble).

Having spent a number of years in arcades during the 1980s, I recognized a few core similarities to the casinos I visited in Niagara Falls during the early 2000s. Both arcades and casinos use similar tactics to take your money, ranging from facilities layout, to the use of tokens (not all arcades use tokens), to attract-sequences displayed on game/gambling machines.

So, with gambling-gaming intersections in mind, here's a small collection of links I've been squirreling away:[Update: Allen Varney informs me that his Escapist piece "Video Vegas" discusses the growing similarity between video games and slot machines.]
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