Slot machines—games of purely random chance—are often seen as mechanical gambling devices and not much more. During a visit to Las Vegas, Nevada we got the opportunity to dig a little deeper with Bally Technologies' Director of Game Development, Brett Jackson. He gave us some insight into the surprisingly complex innovation, psychology and design behind the slot machines that illuminate so many casino floors.
My mother Barbara Burnett Stuart spoke to me in the Highlands of Scotland in August 2011, a year and a half before she died, remembering Clavering and Mill End, the cottage in Essex, where I was born in 1942, recalling how her mother, also Barbara, took her and her sister as girls to a village in Essex and there, while still living in London, started a dairy farm before the second world war.
I filmed this in HD (16:9 instead of 4:3 hence the distortion) in August '11, but I've compressed it for more convenient and added some still photos from those times.