I don't think there is any sadness in seeing machines go from where kids play in particular, £5 10p play, just leads to kids playing the higher jackpot machine.
Said it before around the forums, but when I use to see youngsters attractive to the fruit machines or watching me play, I always said to them something similar to, please remember this conversation, when you are older, do not play these machines when you're old enough, they will ruin your life and probably others in your family/friends as well.
How many times have we seen a youngster sneaking into the over 18 section of a seaside arcade for a quid or two play and/or trying to tell us how to play an AWP, thinking they know it all.
Apart from the small % of people in the know about emptiers etc, since the AWP was a thing, they have been trouble and for many have done irreparable damage to lives, such as splitting up relationships and causing debt and the consequences of that.
I know it's up to the individual to accept responsibility for their actions, but most of us know, what an addiction is like and how difficult it is to break.
As Degsy has said on some of his videos, whilst we are getting nostalgic about these machines, you also have to remember the bad side of being addicted to them.
I believe we are the only country in the world that allows children under 18 to gamble!
And it is disgraceful and shame on all the slot owners and those who legislate it-to allow it to happen.
I completely agree with you,this is where most people's addictions begin.
I remember going in to an arcade with my dad!(I was 16 and you could go in but only accompanied by an adult) And although you were watched(so you didn't touch a button lol)-the naivety then was beyond clear-I may have been restricted but that did not stop an inner desire to play the slots.
Which sadly upon turning 18 I became a full blown addict and lost around 50k in approx 2 years-And no jackpots then were above £25! but I still lost sometimes up to two grand a day!
To me the only way forward is to completely break up the industry and make children's arcades free of gaming machines.-ticket only games.
I would also consider raising the age limit to 21 too or even 25,as again 10's of thousands of younger people are trapped in a constant gaming cycle 24/7 not just
on their laptops etc but also more worryingly on their mobiles.
I too have a work colleague who went from supposedly nothing wrong, looking forward to Xmas, to having a brain tumour.
I'm approaching 50 (June 2020) and in the past few years, have really woken up to the fact, that we aren't immortal. We don't know what our future holds, but I'm hoping to be able to retire in my mid 50's, because I want to be able to live life to the full while I'm still able bodied and strong enough and not to be tied down to having to get up for work, but to get out there and see and do stuff.
I urge anyone reading this even in their 20's and 30's to start to get out their and enjoy life, but also think about later life and start to prepare. By the time you get to 50, you'll not be able to claim a pension from the government at all, the way things seem to be going. Do you really want to be at somebody's beck and call and being tied into working in your 60's and 70's.
I agree in part but also part disagree.
My uncle (now in a permanent prison,in a end stage EMI unit for the elderly),retired at 50 and although he enjoyed his life and exercised regularly and went on lots of hols,his seed of dementia grew year on year until he could no longer support himself.
And I do believe that if he had have worked just another 5 years he may well have kept his mind working that little bit longer.
I am semi retired with my partners ill health,who was retired on ill health grounds over 3 years ago and he is 48 next!
Yet my key and daily goal is to get him out as much as I can(weather permitting) and to engage him and myself in as many activities as possible as opposed to stagnating in front of the box!
I stimulate my mind with some puzzle games on the laptop as I always have my uncle at the back of mind with his debilitating illness and the very fact that 13 of my nan's 14 bothers an sisters developed the same illness!!
I agree with your point get out and stimulate your mind and engage in exercise to what your personal capabilities are.
Ive made a real effort with weight too I was 16 stone 8lb im now 13 stone 5lb -lost the weight in just under two years and no gimmick diets or paying people to tell you what anyone is capable of doing themselves.
We have any meal for either lunch or tea including take away's -then for the other meal we have a jelly and half an apple. We also have a jelly for breki and as snacks I do get small treats but instead of having a packet of something(which we regularly used to) we just have one-and it's worked.
But what ever we do or don't do none of us know our fate,we just gota try and make the best and make each day count.
We got some nice weather here so when it is here time to make the most of it.
Here is another MPU4 from myself in Danger Zone by Crystal. I have wanted to see and play this from when I discovered MFME. This is set at £6 Jackpot and 10p play. It's the twin machine of Frank n Stein.
Hope some decent artwork turs up so we can see this in its full glory.
Thanks go to:
Ross for the image I used to gain the positions of the lamps.
Tommy C for playtesting, adding the coin effects and sorting the alpha out for me.
Wizard for his amazing emulator.
As some of you might be aware i have had quite a few WIPS in that status for quite some time and i know many of you have been waiting for me to finish and release something soon,
Well the good news is i have a good handful of layouts more than 60% done the bad news is im suffering from severe carpul tunnel in my right hand and awaiting possible surgery, I have tried on many occasions to continue work on the layouts but for me to complete those and release them would tarnish the standards i work to,
Im hoping that soon i can again continue on these and bring some more layouts to the great people of the world of FME but in the meantime i also want to say well done to Andy-1,TommyC, Vectra666, Ploggy, Pook and more recently richy1976 and wearecity for the amazing releases i have seen lately and obviously Wizard for his continued support on updated MFME
samson81 will be back soon watch this space!
Real life takes place over everything.
My in-law has just had the same op and has been off from work some time now.