SAN FRANCISCO—This year's Game Developers Conference saw two game makers emerge with a possible chapter in a future dystopian sci-fi novel: the story of making money by letting robots do the work. In their case, that work was the procedural generation of smartphone games. A single "game jam" event led to a data machine that ultimately pumped out a decent amount of cash: $50,000 over a couple of years. Years later, with that data (and money) in hand, the makers of this game-making machine, focused entirely on "garbage" free-to-play slot machines, used GDC as a wake-up call to an industry where the "right" messages often revolve around listening to players, sidling up to publishers, and racking up critical acclaim. In their case, eschewing all of that worked a little too well for their comfort level. Winning the “race to the bottom” In 2013, two video game makers had been trying for years to make it in the burgeoning mobile games space. One of them, Alex Schwarz, had … [Read more...] about A dev trained robots to generate “garbage” slot machine games—and made $50K
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Late last autumn, a Russian mathematician and programmer named Alex decided he’d had enough of running his eight-year-old business. Though his St. Petersburg firm was thriving, he’d grown weary of dealing with payroll, hiring, and management headaches. He pined for the days when he could devote himself solely to tinkering with code, his primary passion. The time had come for an exit strategy. But Alex couldn’t just cash out as if he owned an ordinary startup because his business operates in murky legal terrain. The venture is built on Alex’s talent for reverse engineering the algorithms—known as pseudorandom number generators, or PRNGs—that govern how slot machine games behave. Armed with this knowledge, he can predict when certain games are likeliest to spit out money—insight that he shares with a legion of field agents who do the organization’s grunt work. These agents roam casinos from Poland to Macau to Peru in search of slots whose … [Read more...] about Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines
With the introduction of online casinos, it was inevitable that the first type of games to be introduced were slots as these were the most popular and it did not take long before the popularity of these machines were recognized by the industry and investment in improving along with innovating was quick to follow. One of the most significant events happened around this time and that was the introduction of the provably fair technology. This was something players have wanted for a long time. How it works is by using a Random Number Generator (RNG) a player can see the odds applied by the house and therefore his chances of winning. These can be checked by the player which proves the spins are provably fair. As slots have become more and more popular the graphics and sounds have improved beyond all recognition with many themes both modern and classic being regularly introduced. A modern online casino will now have hundreds of assorted slots to pick from and the best betting offer at these … [Read more...] about How Bitcoin Has Changed Online Slots Machines
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — More changes could be coming to the "free drink" system in Las Vegas casinos.There is special technology on table-top machines, such as video poker, that monitors when you earn a comped drink. Now, gamblers may see it on slot machines, too.Ardent Progressive Systems and Games has already installed its technology on about 90 slot machines at The Riverside Resort in Laughlin.It's considered a trial run for a couple months to see how it goes."The hope now is, the trial down in Laughlin will be successful and then we've got several properties that are waiting to see the results of that and possibly implementing it in the near future up here in Las Vegas," said Albert Tabola with Ardent Progressive Systems and Games.The technology is a strip of LED lights that faces you while you play. Red means you're not ready for a drink. Green means you are ready for a drink. Yellow means you're getting close to qualifying for a drink. Orange means you're playing too … [Read more...] about Las Vegas casinos may begin to implement ‘free drink’ monitoring on slot machines
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch Perspective Perspective Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Geoffrey A. Fowler by Geoffrey A. Fowler Email the author April 5 at 12:32 PM Email the author Allie Ghaman for The Washington Post Let’s play the Price is Right. What’s a Facebook membership worth? $7 per month? $5? $1? It’s a trick question, because Facebook has always been free. But what if there was a way you could pay to remove the eerie targeted ads, stop it from tracking every little thing you do and make your data … [Read more...] about What if we paid for Facebook — instead of letting it spy on us for free?