Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Dragonstoen on the Mend

I am trying to get the fantasy novel Dragonstoen finally polished up as the next publisher wants submissions of the entire manuscript. For those of you who know a bit about Addler Berrington, Nesra the dragon, Lady Alnya, Berger, and the rest of the people of the Kingdom of Husanta, don't fret. Once the manuscript for the first book is out, I will be continuing on with the first draft of the second book. I envision five novels in all to tell the whole story and reveal all the secrets.
The word Dragonstoen, the title Dragonstoen, and places, names, and characters of the Dragonstoen series of fantasy novels are all trademarks owned by Phillip J. Boucher.

CBC and Konami Jackpot Symbol Flash Story

Ok, let's talk about the Konami games that in February the CBC said flashed winning jackpot symbols at players. The story centered around the concern that this may be a subliminal messaging tactic to get players to remain at the machine. Since then, the jurisdictions in Canada that have these machines have either changed the themes or investigated and placed them back in service.

There is nothing subliminal here and is strictly a software glitch. On video machines, the "reel spin", which in fact is only a simulation of moving graphic images, has to start with some image. The glitch? It starts on the jackpot symbols instead of randomly generated images. Nothing subliminal or intentional here at all. In fact, if CBC had have taped a physical reel machine, they would see that the jackpot symbols display once each reel spin. Would they have called that subliminal or suspicious? I highly doubt it.

This is simply another example of some people who do not know how slot machines and other gaming machines are actually designed and operate, trying to interpret what they see, and fueling the myths, misconceptions, and urban legends that keep driving players into slot addiction.