Sunday, February 17, 2008

The R Word, and the S Word

So do you want the bad news, or do you want the bad news? The Review Journal and the Las Vegas Sun is full of it today. The first on a two-part column about the R-E-C-E-S-S-I-O-N called "The R Word" http://www.lvrj.com/business/15713402.html was lengthy and sugar-coated the real story, which is -- Yes, of course, we are in a RECESSION, and it's going to be bad -- with statements such as "With Strip construction booming, a building executive says he has a hard time seeing the Las Vegas economy heading into a recession." and "Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson is confident the convention business will weather any downturn."

Okay, so the muckety-mucks gotta talk confident so their stocks don't plummet further. Meanwhile Wynn stock fell by $9 on a poor fourth quarter. http://www.lvrj.com/business/15713417.html

But let's move on the slots, and the bad news there. The S Word, Server Based Gaming is being tested at TI (formerly known as Treasure Island). http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/feb/17/dont-worry-your-slot-bets-are-still-safe/

Don't you just love the title of this article and the photo of the smiling slot player? Sure -- Don't Worry, Be Happy! -- Your Slot Bet is Still Safe!!!

What is good about this article is the large photo that gives you a good view of what server-based machines look like. Check out the cabinet, and the sure fire give away -- a video screen where the glass graphics used to be.

Knock on wood, um, I mean glass, and you will be sure of playing a traditional slot. The video screen can be changed at whim, the glass printed panel would have to be manually switched out to change the game. I've already written about the demise of wild sculptural toppers like the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee, and the Green Acres pig -- surely these won't survive in the new age of server based games.

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