Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas
Schull describes the strategic calculations behind game algorithms and machine ergonomics, casino architecture and 'ambience management,' player tracking and cash access systems--all designed to meet the market's desire for maximum 'time on device.' Her account moves from casino floors into gamblers' everyday lives, from gambling industry conventions and Gamblers Anonymous meetings to regulatory debates over whether addiction to gambling machines stems from the consumer, the product, or the interplay between the two. Addiction by Design is a compelling inquiry into the intensifying traffic between people and machines of chance, offering clues to some of the broader anxieties and predicaments of contemporary life. At stake in Schull's account of the intensifying traffic between people and machines of chance is a blurring of the line between design and experience, profit and loss, control and compulsion.
|Publisher||Princeton University Press|
|Publication date||2 May 2014|
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