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Only a hour flight away from Las Vegas we visit frequently, sometimes once a month. I'll be sharing our trip reports, tips on making the most of your stay in Vegas, reviews of restaurants and shows we have seen, along with my thoughts related to our favorite place to get away from it all.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The New Slots Are Coming! G2E (Global Gaming Expo) 2015-Las Vegas!

If it's the end of September then it's time for me to visit Las Vegas for G2E, something I have enjoyed going to for the last five years!

What is G2E? It is the Global Gaming Expo, an international gaming trade show and conference for the gaming industry by the gaming industry! It's for those businesses that are involved in anything related to gaming, for them to see the latest products and trends from food/beverage, hotels, slots, table games, etc...and to network with each other and no doubt to party together too. Then there's people like me who it's really not for but somehow we find ourselves there each year to see the new slot machine games and chat with some of the designers.

For the official scoop on G2E visit their webpage:

http://www.globalgamingexpo.com

If you are on Facebook and want to see a overall look at some of the activities besides slots that took place during G2E go here:

https://www.facebook.com/globalgamingexpo?fref=ts

This year was going to be extra exciting for me because a good friend of mine who has a very popular youtube slot channel SDguy1234 had been hired to be a character in a new Aristocrat Slot Machine and it was going to debut at G2E! Oops, I'm getting ahead of myself, more on this in a bit!
The exhibit hall of G2E opened on Tuesday,  September 29th from 10am to 5pm, the same hours on Wednesday but on the last day, Thursday it closed early at 3pm. I was there all three days but usually not until around noon as I knew from years past it was busiest the first couple days especially in the mornings. Alright, I'm not a morning person but honestly the first day is always super crowded with usually the last day being the least packed, though this year it seemed more crowded to me on all the days it was open.
There's so much to see at G2E but I only had time for the slot games this year even though there was some fun activities going on at the convention like a cooking competition among well known chefs. Also this report is slanted heavily to Scientific Games and Aristocrat because they let us record some videos of their slots and also they have most of the new slot games that I'm going to be playing the most in the casinos, though I also tend to like a lot of IGT games too. Both companies were great about making time for us, thanks so much!

I started out at the Scientific Games booth which now owns WMS and Bally Technologies. Actually there is a couple other companies they own too but I know little to nothing about them.

Since WMS and Bally Technologies were together in the Scientific Games Booth, I'm not going to say this slot game or that one was by the WMS or Bally Technologies Studios as I would likely get confused and make a mistake.  What I did notice is both studios have a huge selection of licensed games. Personally I'm fine with licensed games and enjoy many of them despite knowing that when I gamble at a M-Life MGM Resorts International property I will be penalized player points for playing them.  Oops, excuse the brief rant, going back on topic you will see above there is finally a Caddyshack slot! What took them so long? Unfortunately I didn't get a video of this game but like the movie it looked funny with some really cute bonuses and features. Can we say Gopher Bombs? LOL!
Okay, I confess, I like Cher's music and my husband and I enjoyed her show years ago at Caesar's Palace. Now there is a Cher Live video slot game! While many slots at G2E are six months to a year or more from being released to casinos, Cher Live does seem to have all its bonuses in place so perhaps we will see it within the next six months. If you are interested I have a video to share of some of the bonuses that we played during G2E. Instead of embedding most of those videos here on the blog, I will give links to the majority of the videos I took during G2E.  Here's Cher Live!

https://youtu.be/xbNnftqT088

Thanks to my friend Brent who was smart to make an appointment with Scientific Games to record some videos of the new slots, I along with SDGuy was able to tag along and also record some of the new games.  The three of us when recording tried to do different games or when we covered the same game to record different bonuses. So check out Brent's channel for additional Cher Live Bonus previews!
https://www.youtube.com/user/BrentWolgamott
My husband and I are both big Monty Python fans so you can bet we will be playing this slot based on the movie of the same name. There are two base games, Black Knight and Killer Bunny and both in my opinion are funny! Link below to what I briefly recorded. However keep in mind that a lot of the slots at G2E are not finished yet!

https://youtu.be/-UidwiLbu0I
I didn't have a chance to play Elvis Lives but for fans of Elvis there is a new video Elvis game coming out in the future.  There's also a Miss Universe Crowning Moment Slot Machine but with so many other themed slots that appeal to me more I didn't even give it a try.
Space Invaders, a blast from the past! This new game has a skill based bonus round but for those like me who don't care to play anything skill based in a slot machine you can opt out of the skill based version and just go for free spins. All the latest news of course is about what is coming in the future with skill based slots, but since I'm not personally interested in that and I'm also not the demographic they are trying to entice into playing, I will stay neutral for now on the subject. I will give my opinion that if you want to entice the younger demographic who when I was their age I wasn't interested in playing slots either then do something tied to social media instead or at least tie that in with skill based gambling.
Quick Hit! They look interesting and of course I'm always going to give a new Quick Hit game a try when I see one but oh woe is me I forgot to play them as I was distracted by other shiny slots!
I did try Kronos and Zeus and if the Lightning Respin's happen as often when I'm playing with real money as they did during the brief time I tried them at G2E I will like these games!
This caught my eye when taking photos and while I didn't stop to try it then I likely will in a casino.
I love the Pink Panther theme, but didn't get a chance to try it out at G2E, but I will definitely give it a gamble when I see it in a casino!
More Quick Hit for those of us who love it! Apparently we can't have too many Quick Hit games!
I was surprised to see this new Friends slot at G2E as none of my friends seem to like the current Friends slot and when I'm in the Vegas strip casinos I seldom see anyone playing them. Perhaps they are popular at your local casinos?
The Simpsons! I love the the new cabinet that The Simpsons and the World of Wonka had at G2E. I read that it's called the Gamescape and I thought it was very immersive. There were three screens surrounding the gambler and then a large screen on top. While The Simpson's is still in development it's easy to predict this will be popular with fans of the show when released. Heck, I have never watched much of The Simpsons but I found the slot engaging and fun so even I will play it! Here's some video footage I have:

https://youtu.be/h5_U7ibhRJU

What took them so long to decide to put this classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show in a slot? I didn't get a video of it but did play it briefly and had the Time Warp feature a few times. Didn't get the main bonus so something to look forward to seeing when I play it for real!
Another Michael Jackson slot. I have had some luck on the previous versions so I'm sure I will also play Michael Jackson Icon too.
I was surprised to see a sequel to the Iron Man Slot Machine as I never see the original very busy. However what I glimpsed of it did seem interesting for those of us who like Wild Reels in our slots.
Pitbull and the Playboy Bunnies, a winning combination?  I'm thinking I would like to see a version of the slot with the Playboy Bunnies and the Thunder from Down Under hunks together. ;)
Upstairs in the private area of the Scientific Games Booth I'm assuming that was Pitbull himself with some Playboy bunnies meeting casino VIP's.
I have friends who love Titanic so I'm sure they are happy to read Titanic Heart of the Ocean will be at casinos in the future. Sorry, didn't have a chance to give it a try.
In the same cabinet as the latest Friends slot is Cheers.
The World Of Wonka was always so busy I never got to play it, I'm sad! It has the immersive new Gamescape cabinet that I loved on The Simpsons.
Parrots Head Fans of Jimmy Buffett will no doubt love Escape to Margaritaville featuring the music of Buffett with lots of clips of concerts and what looks to be lots of bonus features!
Gold Fish Deluxe!! Finally a possible contender to the original Gold Fish game that I love and still play at Venetian and Palazzo!  I've never been happy with any sequel so far, but this may finally capture what I loved with the original and perhaps, just maybe I might love it more? We'll see once it's released and I'm playing it with real money!
Here's a video of the new Gold Fish Slot from G2E that isn't released to casinos yet.

https://youtu.be/6m84KAay9rU

Next door to the Scientific Games both was Aristocrat! Here's where I finally got my first look at the game that my friend SDGuy is in, The Walking Dead  Season Three slot! The Walking Dead slot that is currently in the casinos is a personal favorite of mine because to date I have had two hand pays on it and numerous other big wins and now that SDGuy is a zombie in the new game I'm sure to love this one too when it's released. Unless of course I don't win, LOL!
The Walking Dead bonus in the new game has a picking feature before the free spins and SDGuy is the zombie in the middle row on the far right! Warning, why the picking I'm sure is random each time at G2E I selected SDGuy's zombie during the bonus he was the minor jackpot. ;)
At the link below is a glimpse of this slot which is not yet released and of course I'm not playing it for real money!

https://youtu.be/GGAxB561TB4

The last day of G2E Aristocrat surprised us with t-shirts with SDGuy's zombie character on them! That's SDGuy kneeling, Brent beside me and Rex next to Brent.


For those of you who love Aristocrat's Can Can slot that's the man from the slot next to SDguy below. We chatted with him a few times during G2E, very nice guy! Below short video of when we were taking photos of them together.

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All of us spent a lot of time during G2E having fun at the Aristocrat booth and playing their new games. Big thanks to Aristocrat for giving us permission to freely record their games!

Please remember when looking at the various videos of the new games, that many are not finished yet and by the time they are released may have changes or additions to them. For example, I heard that the chains you see above across some of the characters in the first photo I have of the new Walking Dead slot are going to be removed so they don't hide the actors faces.
Elvira! This game was very funny and I can't wait to see it when it's finished and on the casinos floors. The video footage I have of it doesn't do it justice. This game is in Aristocrat's Arc Double cabinet  which has a huge 42 inch screen and it's curved toward the player.

https://youtu.be/bemyHTozaIo

While I watched the PBS series Downton Abbey I wasn't sure I would like the slot but I did. Graphics and sound is great! I missed getting a bonus in this video but did get a Wild feature that I liked!

https://youtu.be/K4FOsOYudVw
This Wicked Winnings IV Mammoth is huge! It certainly will grab the attention of everyone in those casinos which install it. While I really like love seats connected to some slots since I enjoy playing with my husband and friends and it makes for comfortable seating I doubt I would play this size slot for more then a few minutes, though it might make a nice photo op. Even taking out the personal issue that I couldn't record any of my slot bonuses on a screen this size it would just be uncomfortable in my opinion being so close and trying to watch such a huge screen, also if it drew crowds due to its size, I prefer not to have a lot of people watching me play.
A Christmas Story is sure to appeal to lots of players especially among those who are a fan of the movie. Here's a video of Rex, SDGuy and me just messing around with it after hours at G2E. If you don't like R rated language please do not watch this!

https://youtu.be/woOOsu5rPbE

I loved More Hearts, so looking forward to seeing this new version of it in casinos!

Aristocrat also has new versions of Superman and Batman.
Game of Thrones another new slot that isn't released yet and on the Double Arc cabinet was a big hit at G2E among my friends who were at the expo and watch the HBO TV series. I enjoyed trying it and my husband a big fan of this show should really like it.
I didn't do justice to this new slot and it's not finished yet but here's a sneak peek of Game of Thrones:

 Brent and I did the official post at the Game of Thrones Photo Op at G2E!
After hours at G2E on Wednesday night Rex Lee did the unofficial one!
I didn't get a photo of it, but more importantly got a video of a bonus on the Miss Kitty Gold Slot! I love the original Miss Kitty which I still play at Venetian and Aria and can't wait until this new version of Miss Kitty gets released to the casinos!

International Game Technology (IGT) always has one of the largest booths at G2E. Having won $20,000 over three years ago on $25 Wheel of Fortune at Venetian and the year before that $20,000 on $5 Double Top Dollar at Aria, not to mention a couple 5k wins on the dollar Davinci Slot and a few hand pays on Kitty Glitter in past years, there are many older IGT slots I love and a few new ones too.
This year they have some major titles sure to appeal to fans of the TV series, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. I confess to not having watched any of the shows yet, though I know they are big hits so perhaps these slot games will be the same!
My friend Skyler is a fan of Breaking Bad and enjoyed trying out this new game.
I was excited to see Bewitched and I dream of Jeannie slots! They look fun and if the big win potential turns out to be there you can be sure I'll be playing them.
I like the Ghostbusters series and it looks like other gamblers must too as a fourth version of that franchise is coming out.
I don't watch TMZ which I understand is a TV show based on reporters gossiping on celebrities so not sure if I will try it unless I see some really big wins from it on youtube in the future.  A friend at the G2E did tell me it did have some really funny bonus features so perhaps like The Walking Dead TV show I don't watch, I will still play and love the slot! Yes, it's possibly to love a theme slot machine and not actually have watched the movie or TV series!
I keep meaning to binge watch this on Netflix. House of Cards Slot Machine.
Sadly what I missed taking photos of and playing was a new Jurassic Park slot. I had some fun and wins on the original so looking forward to trying out the new one.

Biggest regret was not playing Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond 3D. I've enjoyed Sphinx 3D and the new 3D Dragon's temple so I'm hopeful this new version of WOF will wow me in the future!
After disavowing my interest earlier in skill base slots if any game might make me reconsider it would be this combination of Texas Tea and Pinball! This slot was always busy when I walked by it so I only watched others play it. From what I could tell it's the beloved Texas Tea theme with one of the bonus selections being the skill based pinball. I used to be pretty good at pinball at the arcades, hmmm.
For the Harley Davidson fans!
In the past I have enjoyed playing some of the Aruze games in the casinos and I did a quick walk through at G2E but nothing called out to me to stop and play, though Ultra Stack Jungle Cash does look interesting now that I look at my photos.
There were many other slot companies at G2E but there just wasn't time somehow for me to get to Incredible Technologies, or Everi who used to be Multimedia and is now a combination of that and Global Cash Access. Famous for their National TournEvent of Champions I was sorry I missed trying some of their games.
Ainsworth had lots of shiny slots that flashed and glittered. I haven't had much luck personally on any of the Ainsworth slots and nothing particular caught my eye when I strolled around their booth.
Konami Gaming had many new slots at G2E including a new slot in their Dungeons and Dragons series. I like Dungeons and Dragons despite my lack of luck with it so far.
Sorry Konami fans, for some reason I failed to get any photos except for the new Frogger slot and the one above of D&D. I have a brief video of a random Frogger bonus that Skyler triggered.

https://youtu.be/S_DlkonEMWU

Rex, SDGuy, Brent, it was so much fun going around the exhibits with you and it's always fun when we are in Vegas at the same time. Lets do it again soon!
A few of the many promotional items given out by some of the companies during the expo!
If you want to see more slot machine videos but ones played at casinos with real money this time, this is my youtube channel link:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Dianaevoni

Want to stay in touch on Facebook about slots, then like my page at:

https://www.facebook.com/lasvegasslotvideos

Once again G2E was a blast and it's a safe bet that I will do my best to be there again next year. Date Saved!

20 comments:

  1. Great report, as always.

    Any idea when we can expect these to start appearing in casinos?

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    1. Thanks Peter. Sorry, I don't have any dates on when the new slots will be released but generally for the majority of them it's 6 months to about a year.

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  2. Thanks for the detailed report as usual Diana...can't wait to try some of these out, especially Caddyshack and Monty Python!

    SDGuy really has the hots for the Can-Can Man doesn't he ;-)

    Do you have to be invited to attend G2E or is it a ticketed event?

    Hope you're keeping well. How long until your next trip?

    Mark
    xx

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    1. Hi Mark!

      Some fun slots coming out in the future for sure, just hope we can also win some money on them too.

      LOL on the Can Can Man and the answer is yes, though the Can Can Man is straight and happily married. :)

      G2E is a ticketed event but usually about 6 weeks before it various exhibitors start giving out links to where you can sign up for free passes.

      I'm slowly catching up on things here at home and hoping to finish the rest of my trip report from G2E. My next trip is with family and friends for Thanksgiving week here in the states and the holiday Grazie gift show at Venetian/Palazzo. There's a chance I might pop in for a couple days next week as one of my Aunts on the east coast is going to Vegas for the first time and a couple friends are vacationing there at the same time. But that's a secret. Shhhhhh ;)

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    2. Oh damn.. I already told the whole Jokers' Wild Forum you were gonna be there LOL..My bad!!!

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  3. One other thing I meant to ask you (not sure if this is the most appropriate place to be honest) but is Dan (DProxima) OK?

    He's been conspicuous by his absence on YouTube, looks like he didn't go to G2E with you and there's been no Slot Talk with Brent.

    I was just getting a little concerned.

    Thanks
    Mark

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  4. Dan is doing good. He took a break this summer from gambling to do other things, but will be back soon with a new slot talk. There's a vid on his channel he uploaded recently about slot talk returning. :) It's at this ULR:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc02gj9O3hg&feature=youtu.be

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  5. Yet another super trip report Diana! Best wishes, VP

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  6. Great article about the slots, but.. only video slot? i like the old fashioned ones

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    1. Sorry, I was mainly playing video slots at G2E and also didn't get to ever slot manufacturer. They are still making reel type slots too.

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  7. I will be in Vegas for Thanksgiving also... Hope to see you there! :)

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  8. I will be there for Thanksgiving... Hope to see you there! :)

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    1. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving in Vegas Melissa and good luck! If you use Twitter I'll be tweeting during the trip which will give you a idea if we are at the same casino at the same time and if we are hope we see each other!

      https://twitter.com/imevoni

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  9. Enjoyed this article so much.
    Very well done. You have so much fun.
    It's on my bucket list to go to Vegas I dream of it. Lol.
    Thanks for sharing this with me.

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    1. Thanks Deb, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope your dream of a Vegas trip becomes a reality in the future!

      Happy holidays and a healthy, prosperous New Year!

      Cheers,
      Diana

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  10. Wow. sooo many cool pics! I like it

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