The popularity of course, goes far higher than that of games where we face each other in the competition or where there is the rivalry between the bank and the player. This is not negligible, and reflects the American way of life, removes head-on collisions and leads to well-presented electronic entertainment. It reflects society’s embrace of television as a one-way medium. Really sad, but at least you don’t have to be near a big Texan bear smoking a stinking cigar. Hey, no offense to the Texans.
To go back to what was being discussed, now I don’t want to cross the subject with that of my page on the history of slot machines, but life is a great plot, so get used to it. In truth it is a great plot, but I don’t want to bore you with my metaphysics of life. Let’s take the essentials. In essence, slot machines are cabinets that contain three or more cylindrical drums, commonly called rollers, which are marked with symbols. Arranged vertically on a common axis (they share a metal rod around which they rotate), the rollers are set in free rotation when a player activates the machine and pulls a lever-shaped handle placed on one side of the cabinet. Payments are made immediately, based on the horizontal alignment of the symbols after the reels have stopped.
This is a formal definition. On the other hand, understanding exactly what a slot machine is requires a much greater mental effort. When I think about what a slot machine is, I can’t escape the symbolism inherent in its existence. You cannot draw a slot machine out of the gambling context, and I stupid old man thinks a little too much about the world I live in, America is like a gambling city if there ever was one. I can’t separate the slot machine from America, and you can’t separate America from the slot machine.