The evolution of slot machines from mechanical reels with pictures of
bells, cherries, and oranges to computer driven video marvels of modern
technology isn't over.
International Game Technology (IGT), the world's leading developer and
manufacturer of slot machines with over 70 percent of the market in the
United States, will soon unveil a new generation of games which the
company is calling "The Mother of All Slots".
The basic premise of playing slots may be easy, but the creation of the
games borders on rocket science. Last year, for example, IGT invested
$80.2 million in research and development as well as in the construction
of a production facility that rivals a major motion picture studio.
The new studio will make it possible for IGT to incorporate a broader
use of popular television shows, movie actors and entertainment
personalities, and associated sound effects and voice-overs, to create a
new wave of slot machines that will bring innovations in personality and
interactive play to slot machines.
The new machines will accentuate audio as much as video. For example, in
1999 slot machines produced by IGT had an average of 15 sound effects.
Today and in the next generation, they may have 500 to 700 sound effects
emitted through two ear-level speakers and a subwoofer.
IGT's new games include a Rodney Dangerfield theme, with voice-overs by
the comedian such as: "Thanks a lot. Your kids didn't need college
anyhow." or "Thanks. Now I have some drinking money."
There's also a new generation of the popular Wheel of Fortune format in
which players will be interactive with Pat Sajak and Vanna White, even
to the point of solving puzzles with the co-stars and getting a turn at
spinning the wheel.
Reasons to celebrate in Joliet: The Riverboat Gambling Act was
signed into law in February of 1990, making Illinois only the second
state in the nation (after Iowa) to legalize what was destined to become
the catalyst for an unprecedented decade-long expansion of casino
gambling across the nation.
The licenses, it was agreed upon by legislators, would be used to
revitalize economically depressed regions of the state. The City of
Joliet was the recipient of two of those licenses, with both the Empress
Casino (now Argosy) and Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. being granted
contracts to construct properties on the banks of the Des Plaines River.
In the 10 years that the riverboat casino gaming industry has operated
in Joliet, it is apparent the intent of the 1990 Gambling Act has been
fulfilled. As a June 2001 story in the New York Times noted: "In a
single decade, (Joliet) has burst into the ranks of the nation's boom
Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel has spearheaded the Joliet Renaissance by
investing more than $200 million in the property since it opened in
1993. Today, Harrah's executives will be joined by local political and
civic leaders to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Harrah's Joliet.
A luxurious 200-room hotel opened at the property in 1999. Two years
later, Harrah's Joliet became the first license holder in Illinois to
open a spacious single level dockside casino.
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