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G2e09 REPORT
IGT game categories aim
for more bang to the buck
This year the
James Boje
stairway to IGT’s
showing Reel
slot vision had seven
MultiPlay
very distinct steps,
with MultiPlay,
Center Stage, Group
Play, Progression
Play, Discovery Play,
3D Games and the
MegaFX Surround
Chair all coming to
the fore. But even
then there was
plenty more on offer.
Big from Sex and the Action Gaming’s
City enjoying IGT’s Ernie Moody
take on the TV show showing Hot Pursuit
seventhheaven IGT vice president of Group Play games create Players reaching each desti- largest auditorium on the manager Julie Mottes
INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGIES MegaJackpots said: “We’ve interaction and shared game nation win its corresponding premium screen. After its explained. During base of
developed many content experiences. More than one progressive and five addi- debut run, it moves to the bonus games, players collect
IGT’s mission of intent for rich games that fit specific player participates in the tional Free Games toward smaller auditorium, so the keys that will unlock the next
2010 was clear for everyone game play experience cate- base game or bonus game. the next leg of the race. And large auditorium is freed up environment or event. The
to see at this year’s show gories. Customers will be For some events, players may for added entertainment for the next movie hit. The challenge and satisfaction of
where its stand was brim- able to select games from work together to achieve a there is the Around the World same is true for the Mega- getting to the next level
ming over with slot innova- these categories to fill out common goal or award, and Instant Bonus, which occurs jackpots Centre Stage keeps players going.”
tion in different play game their gaming floors. Our goal for others they may compete randomly during game play. Series.” The MegaJackpots game
experiences, all bundled up with MegaJackpots products against each other. IGT intro- A plane flies around the spin- The Centre Stage series Quest for the Lost utilises
with brands that players will is to provide a continually duced the group play ning Earth regarding a multi- includes IGT’s new MEGAfx Discovery Play in a big way.
be itching to get their button updated offering of high per- concept to the industry with plier and bonus credit value surround chair with high Due to be released in 2010, it
pressing fingers on. forming, innovative and Wheel of Fortune Super Spin which is applied to any line performance audio. will be the industry’s first
James Boje, managing engaging games.” and was first to market with wins from the current base Ergonomically designed, it game with a complete back
director for IGT Europe, said: MultiPlay games feature a competitive group play fea- game spin. not only delivers amazing story about the mysteries of
“Every year our R&D teams more than one game or reel tured in Star Wars Multi-Level The Centre Stage series is sound but also vibrates. “Our the Lost City complete with
put everything into design- interface. IGT released the Progressive. all about operator value, flex- sound chair takes player fully developed characters.
ing new games, but this year industry’s first MultiPlay “IGT has taken the group ibility and big player enter- entertainment to a higher The player becomes one
the ante has been upped and games in March with Cleopa- play experience to the next tainment. IGT was debuting level. Music and sound wrap of the main characters and is
the overall product offering tra and Wolf Run which are level with The Amazing Race its new 103 inch and 70 inch around players brining them transported from base game
on show is far more superior performing strongly at two MLP Challenge Video Slots,” screens at G2e featuring two into the game experience to bonus environments with
than anything we’ve had times above house average Foster explained. “Just like in Wheel of Fortune games and and creating a real ‘wow’ first person perspectives.
before. We’ve been impressed in every market in which the Emmy award winning American Idol Video Slots. factor,” Mikulich said. Each bonus environment
by what our nearest competi- they have been installed. reality TV show, players “These screens look really Progression play, mean- contains four bonuses, all of
tors have developed over the The company’s first Mega- compete in a Ticket Chal- impressive on a slot floor,” while, allows players to accu- which can be won on a single
last few years but that has Jackpots game to feature Mul- lenge and continental race IGT product manager Boris mulate credits, awards or spin. The player collects
kick-started an even greater tiPlay is Sex and the City, a from destination to destina- Hallerbach said. “Players levels of play on an ongoing energy within these bonuses
determination from within slot offering which sets to tion.” can’t miss them. And the best basis meaning players get to unlock more environ-
IGT. We’ve been able to utilise conquer any gaming juris- In the Ticket Challenge part for operators is the line closer to their desired game ments.“What’s unique to this
so much new technology that diction where the TV series group play bonus, players up of exciting games and outcomes. Similarly, unlock- game and valuable to the
no one else has and I think has been aired. dig through the pile of sand easy changeability.” ing new episodes or advanc- operator is the longevity. The
the product offering for 2010 Will Foster, IGT product searching for a ticket. As the The screens are generic in ing to different levels of play machine cabinet can remain
will blow away operators and manager, said: “We’ve com- timer counts down, the ticket design so any game created has long been part of the on the floor with no cabinet
players alike. With times bined MultiPlay with an out- value decreases but accumu- for the Centre Stage series video gaming world and that changes and continue to be
being tough for the industry, standing nine bonus features lated credits increase until can be added with the simple same game experience is refreshed with new games
IGT is looking at the right to create a game that players the ticket is discovered. In installation of firmware and now showing up in slot that build on the previous
vehicle to deliver its greatest will love. HBO’s Sex and the the Amazing Race group play a quick change of the game games too with IGT’s Dis- content. Players can save
asset-games. We’re looking at City has created a pop bonus each player is awarded art piece on the back of covery Play. “Games that their progress and continue
how we can package and culture phenomenon with a five Free games where chairs. “It’s just like your local provide players with to access previous environ-
bundle our offerings and world-wide fan base that will players accumulate miles movie theatre,” Hallerbach episodic content create ment and bonus games as
prove the ease of doing busi- translate into huge player and credits advancing them explained. “A blockbuster anticipation for what will well as new ones. People love
ness with IGT.” appeal.” in their continental race. movie debuts in the theatre’s come next,” IGT product following a story and are
26 January 2010 • G2ereport
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