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Addiction by design : machine gambling in Las Vegas

Author: Natasha Dow Schüll
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Takes readers into the intriguing world of machine gambling, an increasingly popular and absorbing form of play that blurs the line between human and machine, compulsion and control, risk and reward.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Natasha Dow Schüll
ISBN: 9780691127552 0691127557 9780691160887 0691160880
OCLC Number: 777327460
Description: xi, 442 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: mapping the machine zone --
Interior design for interior states: architecture, ambience, and affect --
Engineering experience: the productive economy of player-centric design --
Programming chances: the calculation of enchantment --
Matching the market: innovation, intensification, habituation --
Live data: tracking players, guiding play --
Perfect contingency: from control to compulsion --
Gambled away: liquidating life --
Overdrive: chasing loss, playing to extinction --
Balancing acts: the double bind of therapeutics --
Fix upon fix: recipes for regulating risk --
Conclusion: raising the stakes.
Responsibility: Natasha Dow Schüll.
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Winner of the 2013 Sharon Stephens First Book Prize, American Ethnological Society Honorable Mention for the 2013 Gregory Bateson Prize, The Society for Cultural Anthropology The Atlantic Editors' Read more...

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