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28 March 2022
For those who enjoy tuning into a podcast while out on a walk or at the gym, here is one that goes into great detail about how pokie machines have been specifically designed to trap you into playing them.
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The 99% Invisible Podcast episode called “No Armed Bandit” interviews Natasha Dow Schüll, a cultural anthropologist and associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University about her research into the history of the design of pokie machines (or slot machines as they are called in the United States).

“So, in every way, these machines are thought of as being “light,” a light form of gambling …the irony is that they are the most potent…It has been showing that you get problematically involved with these devices three to four times faster than you would at the racetrack or playing card games.””

Schüll is also the author of “Addiction by Design”, chronicling the evolution of “machine gaming”.

99% Invisible is described as “a sound-rich, narrative podcast hosted by Roman Mars about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world”. You can find out more about the Podcast at