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Addiction by design : machine gambling in Las Vegas

Author: Natasha Dow Schüll
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recent decades have seen a dramatic shift away from social forms of gambling played around roulette wheels and card tables to solitary gambling at electronic terminals. Slot machines, revamped by ever more compelling digital and video technology, have unseated traditional casino games as the gambling industry's revenue mainstay. 'Addiction by design' takes readers into the intriguing world of machine gambling, an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Natasha Dow Schüll
ISBN: 9780691160887 0691160880 9781400834655 1400834651 9780691127552 0691127557
OCLC Number: 866583433
Language Note: Text in English.
Notes: Originally published: 2012.
Awards: Winner of Sharon Stevens First Book Prize 2013
Description: xi, 442 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Design --
1. Interior design for interior states : architecture, ambience, and affect --
2. Engineering experience : the productive economy of player-centric design --
3. Programming chance : the calculation of enchantment --
pt. 2. Feedback --
4. Matching the market : innovation, intensification, habituation --
5. Live data : tracking players, guiding play --
6. Perfect contingency : from control to compulsion --
pt. 3. Addiction --
7. Gambled away : liquidating life --
8. Overdrive : chasing loss, playing to extinction --
pt. 4. Adjustment --
9. Balancing acts : the double bind of therapeutics --
10. Fix upon fix : recipes for regulating risk.
Responsibility: Natasha Dow Schüll.

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