Slot Machine Burnout

‘I love the smell of Slot City in the morning. It tastes like…really fun!’

I fell into a burning ring of fire

I went down, down, down and the flames went higher

And it burns, burns, burns,

The ring of fire, the ring of fire

-Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire

Slots are one of the most popular games ever invented, and, as you may know by now, in Slot City there are many exciting slot games to choose from. Yet, as the saying goes, “with great gaming comes great responsibility.”

When you play, and play, and play, and play…eventually there is a mental wear-an-tear, if you will, or, in its proper name: burnout. Like any other activity, playing too many slot sessions can significantly decrease one’s enthusiasm in the game.

‘Buller…? Buller…? Buller…?’

A major cause of slot burnout is repetition – playing the same thing over and over…one way to fight it is by mixing up the games you play. If until now you spent all your playing time in Ancient Egypt, perhaps it’s time you tried Poker Slots; if you’ve started to walk around in a toga, maybe you should let go of the Roman slots. If you’ve been referring to yourself lately as the ‘man (or woman) in black,’ perhaps you should leave Alien City and try out Wild West.

‘You talkin’ to me?’

There are many ways, in general, people deal with burnout. At work, for example, one may lash out at his or her (soon-to-be-former) boss; at a poker game, long sessions can shorten the fuse of even the best players…but the abundance of slots and the ease by which you can play them doesn’t make things easy.

Like having automated chocolate dispensers in every room of your house, there can be too much of a good thing. Sure, we all love slots, but there are times when you’re doing it mindlessly, with less and less enjoyment. When that happens, it’s good to take a break. Your favorite games aren’t going anywhere! Resting and recharging your batteries are important parts of day-to-day life overall. So, when the frustration and slot machine burnout starts to build, go ahead, take a walk, a jog, even a different game such as Texas Hold’em. You’ll be happy you did. Then, when you’re ready to enjoy yourself again, head on back to Slot City – all your favorite games will be waiting for you!

Finally…you know you’re an expert slot player when…

–      Someone asks how you are and you answer ‘progressive.’

–      Instead of in a bowl, you arrange fruits in a row

–      you draw a ‘slot of fame’ mock-up on the fridge with your family photos

–      You check cereal box every day for your daily bonus

–      you attribute any weight gain to ‘expanding wild’

–      you refer to any wedding on your in-law’s side as a ‘Creepy Wedding’

–      Your doorbell sound is coins jingling

–      You ask your children to refer to you as the ‘pit boss’