Why are slot machines Chinese-themed?
Millions of people have enjoyed gambling across Europe and the Western world for several centuries. Today we will explore why you can find many Chinese-themed slot machine games across any casino.
We will also explore the history of the slot machine and how the industry has shot to prominence as it now has a multi-billion-dollar annual turnover.
Slot machine gaming makes up a considerable portion of casino gaming as a whole. Although other casino games such as poker, blackjack and roulette also enjoy a sizeable market share, slot machine titles retain popularity for several reasons.
The History Of The Slot Machine
Although slot machines are prevalent across Asian casinos, the first-ever design was invented in the United States of America. In his Californian workshop, Charles Fey first designed the original slot machine in the 1890s, changing the industry’s landscape forever.
It has been on a wild and adventure-filled journey ever since, but historians often cite this as the inception of the casino game played worldwide over 125 years later. However, his original design was far more basic than today’s machines.
The Liberty Bell slot machine is the original gadget, and you had to match the symbol three times in a horizontal line to win a prize. Initially, these machines contained a lever you had to pull. However, this was discarded and replaced with a button decades ago.
You can still find classic slot machine games that mirror this original design and plenty of titles that use the symbols Fey first used. Not only is the Liberty Bell still a common feature of these games, but many still use the suits used in a playing deck of cards:
As the world evolved into a society that depended more on technology, electricity and the internet, slot machines emerged on the electronic gaming scene. From the 1970s onwards, most were designed using algorithms that paid out accordingly. Nowadays, these machines use highly complex algorithms. Many slot machines use more than three reels as well. Some titles you can find online and in physical casinos can sometimes have up to 10 reels with thousands of potential winning combinations.
We want to take the opportunity to remind you that gambling should always remain a fun activity. Anybody who gambles should be doing so for entertainment purposes only. If you find yourself in a position where you spend too much time playing casino games or spending too much money, then you need to stop playing and speak to a professional who can help curb your problem.
Why Are Slot Machines Chinese-Themed?
This may surprise you, but Las Vegas isn’t the world’s gambling capital. That may come as a surprise to many people, given the bright lights of the Nevada desert are so synonymous with the gambling industry on a global scale.
It used to be the world’s gambling capital, and it enjoyed this title for many decades. However, Vegas now pales in comparison following the emergence of Macau. The casinos that frequent this area of China are vast, and two of the three most prominent casinos in the world face each other on the same road in Macau.
For some idea of the scale of how big gambling is across Asia, you have to look at how popular of a destination Macau is for gamblers that live on that continent. Macau is the biggest and most profitable gambling region on Earth.
In addition to this, slot machines are considered incredibly popular amongst Asian gamblers, especially those from China. You can find some tips for these particular slots here.
As the world’s most populated country, and a country that hosts the world’s most profitable region, it is easy to see why so many slot machine titles are Chinese-themed.
Are There Other Themes?
Yes, there are hundreds of themed slot machine titles. In Europe, you will find titles more driven by the clientele. For example, several slot machine titles are based on celebrities or sportspeople. You will also find several games based on popular TV shows or movies.
From a designer’s perspective, the purpose of a slot machine game is to create a title that is as engaging as possible. Using a popular theme is a tried and tested method, which is also successfully applied to Chinese-themed slot machine games. However, it includes various other engaging features such as color schemes and music.
Using already popular ideas as a springboard to create a slot machine game that grabs the player’s attention is one of the most popular ways to get your game noticed quickly.
The slot machine sector is an area where there are thousands of competitors and dozens of new titles released in casinos every week. Therefore, the onus is on the designers to create a game that will appeal to a large group of people and ensure they are engaged enough to choose that game over the competition.
Due to the size and scale of the Chinese gambling market and the slot machine market, it is only natural that they combine in this way. The scope of gambling in Asia is vast, and it is a hugely profitable industry for casino providers and slot machine game developers.
Many casino games will be tailored to their specific market. As we discussed earlier in the article, the European market often caters to its customers in the same way. However, there’s an extra emphasis on developers creating Chinese-themed slot machines as they aim for the world’s biggest market. You must get several things correct if you are to have such a significant impact on such a big market.
Simply put, it is a classic case of supply and demand, and the market is there. If a change in consumer appetite or other types of casino games begin to rise to prominence, then the focus will likely shift to these areas instead. The gambling industry is a sector that often tries to stay ahead of the game and predict customer behaviour. With so much money at stake, it is easy to see why.
The Glorious Corner
SLY REVIVED — (via Rolling Stone) Sly Stone, the enigmatic R&B/funk icon, will share his story in a new memoir, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), arriving Oct. 17 via Questlove’s new publishing imprint, AUWA Books.
Stone co-wrote the new book with Ben Greeman, who’s written memoirs with George Clinton, Brian Wilson, and Questlove (he helped the Roots drummer with his three other books, too). Questlove — who’s directing a documentary about Stone — will also pen a foreword for Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).
In a statement, Stone said, “For as long as I can remember folks have been asking me to tell my story. I wasn’t ready. I had to be in a new frame of mind to become Sylvester Stewart again to tell the true story of Sly Stone. It’s been a wild ride and hopefully my fans enjoy it too.”
Born Sylvester Stewart, Stone’s music career began when he was a child, singing in a gospel quartet with his siblings. In the Sixties, he worked as a radio DJ in the Bay Area, forming various soul groups, including the extremely successful Sly and the Family Stone. The group’s debut,A Whole new Thing, arrived in 1967, and that same year they released their first major hit, “Dance to the Music,” which anchored the band’s second album. Between 1967 and and 1982, Sly and the Family Stone released 10 albums, including classics like Stand! and There’s a Riot Goin; On.
But after the dissolution of the Family Stone, Stone struggled to find success as a solo artist while simultaneously battling drug addiction. Though he got sober, he receded from public life, making only sporadic appearances, like the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a performance at the 2006 Grammys. In 2011, Stone released a new solo album, I’m Back! Family and Friends; in 2016, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys.
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) is one of several books on the initial slate for Questlove’s new AUWA Books venture. (The Farrar, Straus and Giroux imprint takes its name, by the way, from the bird-call noise Prince used on songs like “Baby I’m a Star” and “Eye No.”) Also on the docket: Questlove’s new book, Hip-Hop Is History, and a book from TikTok star Drew Afualo (both out in 2024).
This is major news for sure. If you’re of a certain age, Sly Stone’s music was the best. The true of story of what actually happened should be cataclysmic. The stories I’ve heard over the years encompass almost everything good and bad about the music industry. I hope the curtain is finally pulled back in this instance.
TICKET TO YOUNG — (Via Ultimate Classic Rock) Count Neil Young among those musicians who blame escalating ticket prices for ruining the concert industry. “It’s over. The old days are gone,” Young declared in a message posted to his Neil Young Archives website. “I get letters blaming me for $3,000.00 tickets for a benefit I am doing. That money does not go to me or the benefit. Artists have to worry about ripped off fans blaming them for Ticketmaster add-ons and scalpers.”
The acclaimed rocker’s message was accompanied by a story about the Cure and their recent battle with Ticketmaster. The ticketing giant earned the scorn of the goth rock band and their fans by adding several fees to ticket prices for the Cure’s upcoming North American tour. In some cases, these “unduly high” fees, as Robert Smith called them, resulted in the actual price of tickets nearly doubling from their face value. Ticketmaster eventually agreed to refund some of the cost.
“Concert tours are no longer fun,” Young opined, pointing to ticket fees and scalpers as the culprit. “Concert tours not what they were.”
Young’s thoughts about ticket prices are the latest in his ongoing list of gripes regarding modern touring. In December, the rocker reiterated his refusal to play at concert venues that use factory farms.
SHORT TAKES — Could Big Blue be coming back? Blockbuster for decades was the go-to spot for DVDs and video-tapes. Stay tuned …I love Keanu Reeves, but I must admit I’ve not seen any of the John Wick movies. Chapter 4 opened this past weekend with a $74 million+ score. Rather amazing in this post-covid period.
I pulled up the trailer and was terrifically impressed by the lush visuals; beautiful music and Reeves and Lance Reddick just sensational. I am thinking of a John Wick-weekend where I’ll watch all 4 … Writer/producer Terry Jastrow arrives in NY this week with his wife actress Anne Archer … Whatever happened to the Madonna biopic? You ask three different people and you get three different answers,. Check this one out from IndieWire: https://www.indiewire.com/2023/03/julia-garner-madonna-biopic-fingers-crossed-1234819696/ …
Personally, I don’t think Garner should do it. Mired in controversy already, could it really be any good? … GUESS WHO DON”T SUE: What up-and-coming metal band is using the name of a high-profile manager to score some Manhattan-gigs? They were going to work with the manager until it blew up. Simply shady if you ask me … btw: whatever happened to Wendy Stuart Kaplan? …
Friday was the last episode (for their inaugural season) of Apple TV+’s Shrinking which has just been so excellent in this its debut season. Jason Segal and Brett Goldstein have come up with the best show on streaming yet. Infectiously good and the acting turns from Segal and Harrison Ford are off the charts. The show culminated in a wedding for best-friend Brian (Michael Urie) and ended with a call-back to the show’s very first scene. Remember it? Truly a one-of-a-kind show. We loved it … I’ve heard at least 4 stories on the news this weekend about composting. Is this a hot topic now? Trending is it? … RIP Nicholas Lloyd Webber
NAMES IN THE NEWS –— Alex Salzman; Rob Petrie; Anthony Pomes; Terry Jastrow; Tyrone Biljan; Jacqueline Boyd; Bill McCuddy; Brad LeBeau; Nile Rodgers; Nancy Hunt; Steve Leeds; Terri Epstein; Brenda K. Starr; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; William Schill; Robert Funaro; Vinny Pastore; Maureen Van Zandt; Tricia Daniels; and ZIGGY!
Broadway’s A Doll’s House Meticulously Stunning Revival Soars Like a Birdie Above That Clumsy Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
For a revival to find its footing, it has to have a point of view or a sense of purpose far beyond an actor’s desire to perform a part, whether it suits them or not. It needs to radiate an idea that will make us want to sit up and pay attention. To feel its need to exist. And on one particular day in March, I was blessed with the opportunity to see not just one grande revival, but two. One was a detailed pulled-apart revolutionary revival of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House that astounded. The other, unfortunately, was a clumsy revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that fell lazily from that high-wired peak – not for a lack of trying, but from a formulation that never found its purpose.
Relevantly Tuneless Fairytale Bad Cinderella Isn’t Bad, It’s Forgettable
You are seriously asking for it, when you make the title for your musical Bad Cinderella, however the show is not bad, it’s just seriously lacking. For an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which is normally rich in melody, the only song that has any kind of hold is “Only You, Lonely You” sung by Prince Sebastian (Jordan Dobson or in my performance the wonderful Julio Ray). The lyrics by David Zippel and book by Emerald Fennell, adapted by Alexis Scheer are inane. It doesn’t help that the cast for the most part speaks and sings with mouths full of cotton. The orchestrations sound tinny and computerized, The lead Linedy Genao has no charisma or vocals that soar musically, instead she is rather nasal, like Bernadette Peters with a cold. Why this show is two and a half hours long is beyond me.
The show is based in a town called Belleville (beautiful town en Francais), that is based solely on looks and prides itself on its superficiality. The opening number starts with “Beauty Is Our Duty,” the Queen (a fabulous Grace McLean) is into her hunks including her missing son Charming (Cameron Loyal).
And the fairy godmother (Christina Acosta Robinson) is a plastic surgeon who sings “Beauty Has a Price”. In a day and age, where we are suppose to see past all that, this show is politically incorrect.
Cinderella a Gothic, and a graffiti artist, naturally does not fit into the town’s mold of beauty, which is how she earns her nickname. Her rebel move happens when she defaces a memorial statue of Sebastian’s older brother, Prince Charming. Sebastian is more of a geek, and he and Cinderella are in the “friend zone,” since both lack communication skills in admitting their love.
Sebastian is being forced by his mother, the Queen to find a wife at a ball and invites Cinderella. Cinderella’s stepmother (the always remarkable Carolee Carmello) blackmails the Queen to get one of her daughters Adele (Sami Gayle) or Marie (Morgan Higgins) the gig.
McLean and Carmello are the bright spots in the show and if the show had been about these two, maybe we would actually have a show that could work. These two steal the show.
Cinderella has not one, but two what should have been show stopping numbers “I Know I Have A Heart (Because You Broke It)” and “Far Too Late,” but she does not have the vocals, the character development or the star power to carry them off.
The set and the revenge porn costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, are just over the top, with the storybook set faring much better than the over complicated flowered pastels that waltzed across the stage.
The direction by Laurence Connor is just dull and lacks oomph.
If you like buff men and Chippendale type choreography this is the show for you.
Bad Cinderella, Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street.
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