Thursday, December 11, 2014

Slot Machines in LEGO Form

In this age of rapidly evolving technological advances, certain devices and applications can seem to get lost in the shuffle and taken for granted. Take, for instance, the rise in popularity of online slot machines. Once the exclusive domain of neon-lit, sensory overload-inducing casinos, these gaudy, perpetually clinking slot machines have now been ported over to the realm of high-definition pixels. And with the inevitable proliferation of iPhones, iPads, and Android phones to the general populace, online slot machines became even more accessible as a younger (not to mention, more technologically savvy) generation of adult players were introduced to the sublime wonders of playing slots on state-of-the-art mobile devices. 


While mobile slot machines are definitely fun and engaging in their own right, these casino mainstays have also been a favorite of an altogether different market: LEGO MOC (My Own Creation) builders. Yes, the introduction of LEGO Mindstorms kits – containing hardware and software that can be freely customized and programmed to create impressive robotic entities – has allowed MOC builders to put together fully functional slot machines that are deceptively simple in their execution. 


It’s highly encouraging to see the humble slot machine take on new and interesting forms as technology continues to evolve and expand beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. InterCasino, historically the world’s first online casino that opened to the public about two decades ago, hosts a successful array of slots that feature amazing, up-to-date graphics and stellar sound design that positively enhance the overall playing experience. And, of course, for the curious and inquisitive hobbyist, Youtube is practically teeming with videos dating back from 2008 on the many different ways to configure and program a fully operational, honest-to-goodness LEGO-themed slot machine. 

All of this is to say that while actual slot machines (and the land-based casinos that house them) will never go away, technology has allowed the simple pleasures of playing slots to be enjoyed by a wider audience. 



**This article is a guest post, written by Andrew Wilson

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Short Bio:

Andrew Wilson

Andrew is a self-proclaimed hardcore gamer and a die-hard comic book collector. He loves traveling the world to attend cons and meet fellow enthusiasts of video games and action heroes. When he's not doing his usual hobbies, he can usually be seen in front of his laptop doing freelance writing jobs for companies all over the world. 

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