A new Aladdin-themed slot machine is a revolution, if being jerked uncomfortably back-and-forth in a veritable simulation of a magic carpet ride is the kind of thing senior-citizens go for these days.
New slot machine technology involves putting hydraulics in the chair in front of a game machine, in order to move players in sync with the video on the screen. The technology was developed by WMS Gaming in Illinois, and is called Sensory Immersion 2.0. It can be found at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Florida.
“The slot experience has changed over the years, and much of it is because the technology has improved so much,” said Mike DeLuca Jr., Mardi Gras’ slots manager. “But this takes slots to a different level.”
The new machine that tests this “immersive” technology is “Aladdin and the Magic Quest,” which follows the storyline form the book One Thousand and One Nights instead of the liberally-adapted Disney version of the popular tale, reports The Sun-Sentinel. In this version, the genie has kidnapped the princess and tosses fireballs around the village, trying to hit Aladdin. We’re guessing that people trying to play the slots are then jerked along for the ride.
Phrases used to describe this new slot technology are “sensory immersion gaming,” “you-are-here sound,” and “virtual reality roller coaster.”
Since WMS Gaming has their finger in the pulse of the dead-eyed casino regular, they’ve wisely added an “intensity” feature, which users can set to low, medium, or high.
“We took a lot of time to think about how the player would react to the motion,” said Daniel Louie, senior game designer for WMS. “We didn’t just say, ‘Let’s shake them about.’”
Thank the Lord.
A Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-themed machine is up next, but time will tell whether or not this magic carpet slot technology will take off or fall flat.