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Although no one has yet uncovered the Platonic ideal of a slot machine, there are certain principles that undergird most games: a vague aesthetic uniformity; colors tend toward primary or pastel, with franchise tie-ins often thrown in; and an underlying philosophy that relies on probabilities rather than predetermined patterns or algorithms. A slot’s volatility — how risky it is to play — is another important factor, which can be determined by the frequency with which it pays out and by how much it pays out when it does.

In the digital age, however, slot machines are evolving rapidly to keep up with a younger generation that is increasingly drawn to video gaming. The emergence of digital technology has allowed designers to incorporate many of the same visual elements seen in video games into their designs, including 3D graphics and advanced bonus rounds. The resulting machines are designed to intrigue and befuddle players, while also rewarding them for their play with cash prizes or merchandise. In some cases, players may even earn loyalty rewards. These loyalty programs — like the one pioneered by Harrah’s in 1985 — are helping to bring methodical business savvy to an industry that has spent decades winging it.