As a man I fully admit to being drawn to things that look good. Cold beer, hot women and bright flashy things draw my attention in very quickly. I can be in mid sentence and if one of those three things crosses my vision, my attention span is broken and I often forget just what the heck I was talking about. Following this logic you would likely assume that I love slot machines.
This could not be further from the truth.
In reality I absolutely despise slot machines. Sure, some have really cool graphics and they seem to draw me in initially. Yet when I actually sit down and try to give my full attention to the game with the animated characters and the noisy "clang, clang, clang" of the winning spins I get frustrated very quickly.
I believe part of my frustration lies in that I have no real part in whether or not my machine wins or loses. A game with no strategy really has no appeal to me, as I frequently believe myself to be among the most unlucky people on Earth. You can call me a hypocrite because I play the lottery or keno once in a while but for some reason I still prefer these to slot machines.
Another reason I hate slot machines is because of those graphics I was speaking of earlier. Like I said, some have GREAT graphics, but a lot are just generic crap that I could throw together looking at a bowl of Alphabet Cereal or Lucky Charms. I get it, Aces and Kings are popular in gambling culture because they are in a deck of cards, but do I really need to see them in 90 percent of the freaking slot machines I come upon? Why not throw something cool in instead of the Ace A like a cougar with boxing gloves or even a car wheel that spins? It could be something completely stupid and it would hold up better than that stuff.
The third reason I really hate slot machines is the amount of money it costs to play them. It is absurd to think that I could spend 5 dollars per spin on a nickel machine. I was recently at a casino and played a penny machine figuring it would be a decent way to kill a half hour while I waited for the casino buffet to open. I found myself throwing money into the machine like mad. My money was being burnt up faster than any casino game I had ever played and I was none too happy with the end result. And the graphics looked like something from early 1990's Sega CD!
Now I wouldn't say that I am 100 percent against slots. I don't mind playing them when I have a free tournament through a casino. However, I don't actually play these machines as much as I set them on auto play and go do something else while they run their course. I simply can't be bothered to spend my my time watching these mindless things go on and on for hours on end. It is much better for me to spend my time watching Maury and see people argue over who the baby daddy is. When it isn't my money and I do not have to be present I actually don't mind slots that much!
In conclusion, I feel that there are WAY better games to play at casinos than slot machines. They simply aren't entertaining graphically and they do not challenge me to use my brain at all. But I am only one man, and slot machines are extraordinarily profitable for casinos, which means that a lot of people do play them.
I want your opinion: Do you play slot machines? What do you think of them?