Classic arcade games reborn as slots
If you were a teenager in the 80s (or even an adult who loves arcade games), you remember heading down to the local arcade, plunking down a few quarters to play hits such as Centipede, Asteroids, Pac Man, Space Invaders, and so many others. Now, slot machine manufacturers are hoping to cash in on the nostalgia by debuting slot machines with arcade game themes.
A Centipede slot machine to hit casino floors soon is more than just a clever licensing deal, or a sign of gambling’s cosmetic change from one-armed bandits to touch screens and digital music. It’s part of a new generation of models that let users show off a rare casino trait: skill.
The game, developed by International Game Technology, the industry’s largest slot manufacturer, converts points earned shooting digital insects directly into money. If two gamblers sit down at an identical machine, the better shot will walk away with more cash.
Airlines promise a return to civility, for a fee
Today’s passengers are used to extra fees such as checked bag fees, snack boxes, and preferred seat assignments. Now airlines are looking at new fees that passengers may want.
Airlines are now renting Apple iPads preloaded with movies, selling hot first class meals in coach and letting passengers pay to have an empty seat next to them. Once on the ground, they can skip baggage claim, having their luggage delivered directly to their home or office.
Government shutdown could delay FAA electronics decision
The decision by the FAA on whether to allow electronic devices to remain on during takeoff and landing may be delayed by the government shutdown.
The FAA had been planning to receive a recommendation from a committee it created to study the impact of electronic devices on airplane safety equipment.
However, the Department of Transportation (DOT) said on Friday that “aviation rulemaking” would be one of the FAA’s activities that would be suspended if the government is shut down on Oct. 1.
Boarding Pass 2.0: is this how airlines should redesign the boarding pass?
It may be time to redesign the boarding pass. Adam Glynn-Finnegan is suggesting a next-gen boarding pass.
Rather than the seemingly random jumble of information on today’s boarding pass, Glynn-Finnegan suggests the data be laid out in order of when you need it, grouping information associated to each part of the boarding process.
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