Why Are They Called Fruit Machines?
Prohibition has always had a critical role in changing the future of the casino gaming industry. Slot machines were prohibited in some countries at the start of the 20th century, but they still prevailed. Cash prizes were banned so fruit symbols were replaced and prizes of chewing gum or sweets were given out corresponding to the winning symbol. It was around that time the BAR symbol appeared, which was imitated the logo of the Bell-Fruit Company.
But why have slots remained relatively unchanged in design and popularity for the last 130 years? More importantly, why is it that slots persistano to be the most famous casino games by a significant margin worldwide?
The answer to the whole thing is relatively simple…quite literally lies in two important aspects:
Simplicity in Design and The potential for winning
With the simplicity, slots always have been and always will be so simple that anyone from children to adult can enjoy. The fact that there’s no special skills needed only adds to the attractiveness of these machines. No experience needed, no research necessary and nothing too intimidating for newcomers. You simply put in your money, hit the button and test your luck.
Moreover, almost anyone who tries slot machines has the intention of winning a prize. It’s the classic to be in it to win it scenario, where you open the door to possible prizes and being aware of the fact that the odds are stacked against you, but it’s still exciting to think you might (occasionally) beat the house odds.
How Slots transform to Online Gaming
These first slot machines stayed largely unchanged in their general simple design for years until the introduction of the internet and established of online casinos. To begin with, online casinos focus on the traditional casino games like roulette and blackjack, but online slots rapidly developed as popular as they were in land-based casinos. As computer programming being upgraded, new types of games with unique themes, layouts, structure and bonus features emerged.