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Hi CL Members,
Here is a scary thought.......
Imagine that casinos can send messages so subtle whether through audio or visual, that we are unaware of it. It reaches our subconscious mind and encourages us to keep playing or make another deposit. I have heard of a player or two complaining about this very thing. Although it must not been too effective because it should be a message that the conscious mind does not remember.
It is a scary thought to think we are being reeled in by subliminal messages. The subconscious is a powerful part of the brain that controls your perception and reality. There certainly is enough razzmatazz with all the bells, whistles and graphics to mesmerize us already. Maybe thats why when i play i say "just ten more credits and i will cash out" 50 times til my balance is at zero! Blame it on subliminal messages!
Do you think it is possible for casinos to send signals to keep on playing that you are unaware of?
Well it certainly is a good excuse for my behavior! It's not my fault that I've spent tons, I've been brain washed.
That is a very scary thought. How do we explain the going back over and over?
I think it is all about us. We either get addicted to something or not. Otherwise, if we were really affected by subliminal messages, then we'd love and play all games equally, and we don't, do we?
I was going to dismiss it outright but then I found this article...
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Seee i am not so crazy after all!! I don't buy the excuse one bit that it was a "glitch"! I think it can have a huge impact on a gamblers brain. Your head gets the rush but your conscious mind doesn't realize why. We blame it on the love of the game.
Now when the Gov steps in and starts subliminal images or sounds on our TV's or radio we are in big trouble.
Oooops, I guess I have to bend my tail and leave in shame... Seriously, I still think that such things cannot do much to stronger, self-conscious minds. However, as we all have our own weaknesses, we're all prone to some sort of influence. I bet they're hitting my weak spot with those food commercials on TV.
That sort of thing is illegal in most countries so I would be very surprised if it was common. Online it would be even easier to spot as you can use software to screen capture then replay things in slow-motion. So its not something I am worried about.
So the next person who embezzles money from his or her employer or robs that bank to support their gambling habit can actually sue the casino for sending the subliminal messages that force the person to gamble, because the gambler had absolutely no control over stopping and just had to keep gambling due to the voices in his or her head? Or something like that? Interesting topic. Sublminal messages are everywhere and maybe not "controlling" but certianly "convincing" us to do many things (including making other purchases).
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of the things, and no good thing ever dies.
Thats an interesting point. I studied marketing for a while at university (waste of time btw, a lot of fancy names for common sense concepts) and there is a lot of science that goes into conditioning people and ultimately convincing them to make a purchase. And a lot of that is what people probably think of as subliminal - eg music played while you are in the store, arrangement of products on shelves, imagery used in advertising etc.
The trouble with the slots is you would have to prove that the actual games you were playing were sending illegal subliminal messages - and seeing as there's only one example out of thousands of different games, you would probably not be able to prove that.
Don't forget a little bit of personal responsibility goes a long way!
I've heard heaps of stories like no clocks on the casino walls or ugly carpet to make you look up at the games. is that what you would call subliminal tricks to encoruage you to gamble?
While those sorts of things (not always true mind you) could be termed subliminal, its not the same as flashing a winner image up at you for a millisecond on a slot machine so quickly that you can't see it but your brain still processes it.
After a loss my subliminal message says:
GO TO MCDONALDS AND EAT FRIES AND A SHAKE TO SOOTH YOUR SOUL.
Omggggggggggggg Savannah you crack me up!!!
Mine always says one more $20!!!
Do you dip the fries in the shake? Try it, trust me...
OMG of course I dip my fries in my chocolate shake! Also, I absolutely must have barbecue sauce for dipping. I love it.
I have to dip my fries in barbecue sauce!! I think that is definitely a subliminal message. I see bbq dippers and it just makes me dippity dip.
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