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claw game

I remember hearing a story somewhere, a while ago, about a lawsuit against those claw games where you operate a claw to pick up a toy. I know it was folk knowledge that those games were rigged, and sure enough, they were rigged--hence the lawsuit. The plaintiffs won, so the claw games were required to be winnable with a reasonable application of skill. (Here's a story I found when I searched on "claw game lawsuit" that describes it in more detail.)

I thought of this because today at the Blandford rest stop on I-90, I saw a little girl playing a claw game, and she won a little rubber ducky. Delighted she ran into the bathroom to show her mother and grandmother.

How mean-spirited to have ever had the game rigged! How much nicer to add to general world happiness by having a winnable game. You might not make as much money (though I wonder if having a better reputation might not encourage more people to play), but I doubt it's a business that's ever going to make you the next Jeff Bezos. If you create a winnable game, it's still easy enough to make **some** money, and you create a happy experience for people. Then you have a game where people feel pleased when they win--and they *can* win--and you still make some money--happiness all around.

Also at the rest stop was a raven, playing a claw game in the rubbish bin by the gasoline pumps. He took lots of tries but didn't succeed in pulling out anything he liked, so he flew off. Maybe he'll initiate a lawsuit...

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/881805.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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puddleshark
Apr. 2nd, 2018 11:20 am (UTC)
I love the image of the raven playing a claw game!

I remember those machines from amusement arcades in seaside towns when I was a child. We knew even then that no-one ever won anything in them. The penny falls were far more enticing...


asakiyume
Apr. 2nd, 2018 12:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know about penny falls--how do those work?

puddleshark
Apr. 2nd, 2018 12:39 pm (UTC)
Those were the machines with two ledges covered in pennies, which moved in and out, and the idea was your penny would land in the right place and start a whole cascade of pennies... only it never quite did. But the sight of all those pennies hanging on the edge was always too much for us kids to resist.
inspirethoughts
Apr. 2nd, 2018 03:01 pm (UTC)
My brother won me a puppy (soft toy) when he played the claw game almost 12 years ago. I still have it. After that I have tried numerous times and never won. Now I know why...those cruel people...
asakiyume
Apr. 2nd, 2018 05:54 pm (UTC)
On the other hand at least your brother was able to beat it!
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