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Old school video games making their way to Valley casino floors

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 6:29 am

PHOENIX - Have you ever gone to the casino, sat down at the slots and wanted a little more of a challenge?

"A little bit more than just hitting the button and looking for your 7s or looking for your cherries so it's just a spin on the slot product," said Mike Trask with Bally Technologies.

People who make the games, like Trask, know that. So they decided to switch things up a bit.

"A person who came of age in the 80s, late 70s, going to the arcade, putting quarters in, trying to get the high score," Trask said.

We're talking about games like Pac-Man, Frogger and Centipede that could soon be coming to a casino near you.

"The manufacturers are courting the younger clientele, the generation that's just coming to casinos who grew up with these skill-based video games," said Global Gaming Business Magazine editor Frank Legato.

There is a catch though. It's illegal for a slot to be won solely based on skill.

"They can't make the complete game unfair to somebody who doesn't have the skills to play it," Legato said.

So they sneak the skills in. You have to play the regular slot first. When you make it to the bonus round you can use those skill-based games to win more money.

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