Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas by Natasha Dow Schüll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although at times marred by the mushy verbiage of “critical theory”, this look at the modern world of machine gambling (video slots and poker) is rescued by the thoroughness of the research. From the layout, lighting, sounds level, and architecture of casinos to the design of the machines themselves, machine gambling is a precisely engineered trap for vulnerable minds. Basically you should never, ever, ever walk into a casino.