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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 15:00

Slot Machines: the Ultimate Decision-Maker

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I’ve often thought slot machines are a great concept for people who can’t make up their minds.


The clever folk at Urbanspoon have combined the best of two worlds – food and free slots – to come up with an application assisting indecisive diners to choose a venue for the evening. The 3-reel slot machines offer a selection of locations, cuisines and price ranges, from extravagant Ethiopian to cheap and cheerful Chinese and all of the associated restaurants and cafes.

Hungry diners enter a ZIP code, throw caution to the winds and spin the free slots. If they’ve already decided one of the categories – for example, they know they definitely want Mexican that evening, but don’t mind where or what price – they can fix that particular reel and spin the rest. The nifty little machine will return a restaurant the player can try and afterwards, if they’re so inclined, they can write a review commenting on their dining experience.

What a brilliant concept! I think slots ought to be rolled out across a number of different areas. Stuck for a weekend activity? Which coffee you’d like to try? Or what about which games you’d like to play? If you’re like me – eternally indeterminate – a slot machine might make the little decisions that much easier (not to mention more exciting).