The attraction of online slot machines is due to a number of factors, all of which have to be perfectly co-ordinated and executed to entice and keep the player completely captivated with the gaming experience.
Studies have proven that music is an essential component to any successful online slot machine. It was proven without a doubt at the University of Waterloo, where a players were asked to play two machines, one which played music and the other only gave a visual confirmation of any winning spins. The results showed that players confirmed they preferred to play the slot machine with the sound. Furthermore, for both machines, the players thought they had much more wining bets than was actually generated; however, it was much greater for the slot machines with the sound, which was 24% as opposed to the machine with no sound, which was only 14%.
The importance of this conclusion is that it not only proves that music and sound heighten the player’s senses and overall gaming experience; but it also disguises losing spins. Slot machines now have multiple paylines, which means that even when one wins, the amount won can be less than what was originally wagered. Therefore, players then have a tendency to play more freely; which is obviously to the advantage of gaming operators, but not for the players.
Online game developers have taken this to a new level, as it is not just audio clips which are associated with game play, bonuses and payouts; but now the actual theme of the slot machine can be based on songs, artists, rock bands, film and TV soundtracks.
All of this has been made possible with the continuous advances in the quality of graphics, sound and gaming technology; which are all accommodated by powerful devices ranging from desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets.
Players will continue to see advances in the quality of games and that includes how the audio and musical aspects are used together with game features, bonuses and animations. The danger, as already noted, is that one can get so immersed in the gaming experience that it becomes difficult to control amount of time spent playing these games.
For that reason, responsible operators will always include in their service limits to deposits, stakes and playing time, which can all be managed by the player. In addition, there are professional bodies that are there to help players control their playing time and cash deposits. Therefore, music can continue to be the life and soul of slot machines; and players will be able to enjoy these state of the art games without the fear of getting lost in the music.