The Progression of Video Slots
It seems pretty amazing that its over 100 years ago that the very first slot machine called the ‘Liberty Bell’ was launched and there are not many of us who have not played on a ‘one arm bandit’ at some time in our lives whether that is online at one of the best online slots UK or even at an arcade when children on vacation.
Undoubtedly the biggest changes we have seen have occurred during the late 1970’s up till today and that is mainly down to the massive technological advancements we have seen including a more reliable and widely accessible internet connection.
Today what we see as slots games (especially online) keep some of the characteristics of those earlier games, but they also play very differently boasting special features, bonus games, and prize pots that would make the earlier lovers of the game eyes water.
It was way back in 1897 that one Charles August Fey who was a car mechanic form San Francisco invented the ‘Liberty Bell’ which had four symbols on three reels.
Over the next few years or so several new companies began to manufacture games that were very similar to the ‘Liberty Bell’ and the demand for new games was high.
When in 1909 Prohibition came into force the slot manufacturers were hit pretty hard as the anti-gambling campaigners managed to get the games banned from San Francisco, Nevada and finally the whole of California saw the ban.
It wasn’t until 1964 that we say ‘Money Honey’ by Bally with its electronic innards rather than springs. This game also had lights, sounds and the option to bet multiple coins and a hopper for coins.
Nineteen Seventy-Five was the year that the first video slot machine hit the casino floors and it was Walt Fraley who invented the ‘Fortune Coin’ video screen game. Interestingly it was not that popular as players proved to be dubious about the technology, with distrust over the virtual reels being widespread.
In 1976 (yes that long ago) IGT saw the potential of the video slot game and purchased the Fortune coin manufacturer using that technology to release a whole host of new games, and the company grew to be the second largest slot manufacturer who focused on the video reel slots.
The rise in popularity of Video Poker happened in 1979 and that really caused the video slot games to take off as players simply loved video poker, and this led to the manufacturers introducing the first wave of video slot machines.
From 1980 onwards, we have seen leaps and bounds in innovations and technological advancements which have led to the video slot becoming a fantastically popular and potentially lucrative passtime with linked progressives, bonus games and all sorts of other special features being added to our games.
In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a video slot that does not have some sort of bonus on offer as well as some fantastic themes of all the characters we know and love so much.