The Powerful Impact of Sound In Video Slot Games

Did you ever notice the motionless players sitting in front of loud and colorful slot machines, staring deep into the monitors while tapping the spin button over and over again? To the unfamiliar viewer, they might appear to be in a state of trance or meditation. And they pretty much are, according to scientists. David Forrest, a professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in NYC has a good theory why millions of people in all parts of the world choose these particular games, despite the small winning odds they are well aware of. And he even dedicated a book to the topic. His theory is strongly related to the physical reactions and emotions players get, as well as the random nature of slot machines. The sense of mystery, wonder, and even fear of never knowing what to expect from their next spin are all powerful factors determining gamblers to keep playing. Sounds specific to slot machines also appear to have a powerful impact on players.

What Happens Inside A Slot Player's Brain

Playing slots and other casino games or games of chance employs some interesting changes in the brain cells. Studies show gambling releases dopamine, the neurotransmitter that is responsible for activating the reward and pleasure centers in the brain. Dopamine also regulates emotional responses. So there is a scientific explanation as to why so many people choose to play slots online or inside land venues. Places like enable them to gain access to a breathtaking large collection of slot games, ranging from the latest releases to the most complex video or 3D slots and more. This database of slots is also topped by the most detailed reviews on each game and the pros and cons of playing it. Most slot games can be played in fun or practice mode, using casino money. Players are encouraged to test new games and see if they enjoy the gameplay, the graphics, bonus rounds, story behind the game, and sounds, before wagering real money on each spin.

Sounds And Motions Influence Players

When a player reaches 15 spins per minute, on average, they imitate the type of rhythmic breathing that is similar to people meditating. Motion also plays a huge role in the process. Looking at the reels descending makes the eyes do a small ascending-descending move that imitates the obedience expressed in a state of hypnosis. It is very common for slot machines to encourage gamblers to look up at the beginning of each bonus game or round. It's similar to us looking up to the skies to receive the Biblical manna. Land casinos also pay great attention to every detail of their architecture and design. They know players who win (and sometimes less fortunate players) have the tendency to look up and thank a higher power for the win or ask for help for the future rounds. So they choose to have their tall ceilings painted like cathedral ceilings.

Slots Machine

The sounds that a slot machine makes has its very own commensurable effects. In fact, sound has long-proven its positive effects on reinforcing the stress response in gamblers. According to a related study, slot machine sounds influence players' arousal at a physical and mental level. Sounds also influence gamblers' preferences when playing a game. The classic ringing bell that was heard on the first one-armed bandit machines in the 1900s are still present today in lots of the slot machines in the industry. The bell announced every time a player wins, and it normally encompasses around 400 sound effects. Specific winning sounds are making these machines/games so appealing to the audience. They can be heard over the noise heard inside a busy brick-and-mortar casino. Losing sounds are heard less often, as they can lower the self-esteem of a player. On the other hand, a player whose slot machine is making cheerful winning sounds will attract everyone's attention and praise.

It is not uncommon for winning slot sounds to consist of high-pitched songs that tend to boost the illusion of urgency. They contribute to the overall mood of players and their behavior, together with the colorful graphics, flashing lights, and other design elements that distract players by boosting their cognitive skills. Players feel more relaxed and engaged in playing a game, more confident and able to ignore past losses when hearing slot sounds and music. There is even the possibility of inducing a state that gives them the impression they may win. And sometimes they do, some more than others. But the thrill is definitely the same.

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