Claw Machines In Arcades Are Rigged

Have you ever actually won a prize in the claw machine at an arcade? Or do you always come thiiiis close only to have the dreaded claw drop your toy at the last possible moment? It's not just your imagination—the claw machines are not on your side. In fact, many of these games are actually rigged in order to be profitable, and don't give you a fair shot. The machines can even be programmed to, you guessed it, make it seem as though the prize will make it to the chute, only to drop it just before your teddy bear comes out. The machines automatically calculate when to send full strength to the crane, and until then, it will remain limp in order to be profitable. So next time you think about feeding fifty cents to the claw, remember that it's much more like a slot machine than a game of skill. Learn more about the claw machine and other arcade games in the videos below.

Why Can't You Beat The Claw Machine?

Because the system is rigged against you.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Claw machines in arcades actually are rigged. 00:00

  2. Claw machines randomize winning games within a range so players cannot predict when they'll win. 01:18

  3. In the 1950s, federal law in the US classified claw machines as gambling devices. 02:09

26 Amusing Facts About Amusement Parks

There's plenty more to see than just the claw.

The World's Craziest Roller Coasters

Skip the claw, head to the coaster.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Riding on rollercoasters can be scary because of cognitive dissonance: one part of you understands there's no danger, while the other experiences genuine fear. 00:35

  2. The Formula Rossa rollercoaster in Abu Dhabi is the world's fastest, clocking in at 149 mph (240 kph). 00:51

  3. A roller coaster top hat is a hill with a 90-degree ascent and descent. 02:42

Written by Curiosity Staff October 9, 2015

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