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ARCADE SCAM SCIENCE (not clickbait)

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Mark Rober (10 months ago)
This was one of those videos that turned out way different than my original plan. It feels good to use scientific rigor to get a definitive answer to something that people often speculate about. Shoutout to pet.t.on and Surfncdog and for guessing the purpose of the machine from a picture on my Instagram. If you want stuff more than once/month, come join me there @markrober!
jurassic nut (5 days ago)
Da Epicnass (17 days ago)
Mark rober how to make it
Herobrine Luv'er (26 days ago)
Hey Mark, I use Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) to program. Try testing the delay between the light changes in slow-motion. They could use a random amount of milliseconds between each light.
T6R6 NT6 (26 days ago)
Thank you for politely asking us so consider subscribing, smart guy with good manners. Great job dude.
Superdonkey2 The one (1 month ago)
Mark Rober cool
AnimationMaker 2187 (2 hours ago)
AnimationMaker 2187 (2 hours ago)
Potato Pie (3 hours ago)
I Won The Jackpot Several Times On The Pure Luck Maybe Timing
shiveryy (15 hours ago)
putting the video at .5 fps shows the bonus light never glows, making it impossible to land onto it.
Tech Building (23 hours ago)
Sounds a hell of a lot like how video games are made today.
Bách Lâm (1 day ago)
Hey I saw someone get a jackpot
Loz Lusterclux (1 day ago)
_Truth is,_ *the game was rigged from the start.*
wolvq. (1 day ago)
Patrick Donigan (2 days ago)
Wudi Wang (3 days ago)
Your troubleshooting part is really science.
Mr Tentacles (3 days ago)
If that was a casino you would be a chicken dinner by now
I think it’s ment to be different each time because once u get it goes different and resets at 30
spritejunkee (3 days ago)
3:43 I did that like 5 times in a row once in anatomy class back in high school. This has to do with the video I just wanted to let you all know that I did something cool once.
Archer Sterling (3 days ago)
I used to work on the claw machine ones. And it was set to have a good grab every like 20 bucks or something, but my boss felt bad so he set it to be like every dollar. when the guys came to stock it they were like wtf?
Matthew matthew (3 days ago)
(Almost died)
CactusBoi (3 days ago)
going on to the timer and trying to stop it with .00 is a fun game
Fort Nite (3 days ago)
So it’s like loaded dice?!
Pashka Rukodaynyy (4 days ago)
Once I won cyclone at Dave and busters when it was my birthday on the first try
Kamryn Collins (4 days ago)
Not even kidding I leave and make it my screen I just got that my third for the 4 second thing
King Baba (4 days ago)
Loves from Afghanistan💝
fuled by mntn dew (5 days ago)
My friend won it
ELITE_ErickPlayzYT (5 days ago)
I learned nothing out this video
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Pabstar47 ! (5 days ago)
Stacker is the worst of the worst. I know that from at least 5 experiences. When you’re about to win the major prize, it ALWAYS skips the block that you need to stack on, even if the light shines on it. Total scam
Allen Mitchell (5 days ago)
My dad just naturally hits jackpot on those machines 1/10 times hes a master
PauliLP (5 days ago)
3:44 I made it on the first try!!
Ouija ZaZa Gaming (6 days ago)
Modding Arcade1Up (6 days ago)
Those games have settings that basically say "Let someone win every XX games". I used to manage arcades and got to see some of the settings in the games. In a weird way, games of true chance like Colorama are the biggest payers. Its a ball in a spinning bowl, kind of like Roulette, so theres not really any way to rig it. I started typing this comment before I reached the end, I just saw the manual shot and had to laugh as I basically nailed the wording. I'd get kids/parents complaining all the time "I hit it when the light was on and it just moved over!" The smartest way to play it is to watch a couple of 8 year old suckers lose all of their money, then swoop in and play a few rounds and you'll likely win. I'd argue the real scam in arcades is the fact that you'll spend up to $100 to win something worth $3-$5 and leave like you're on top of the world. Those prizes, especially the lower end prizes, come on a massive pallet from China. If you look closely at some of the higher end prizes, they're typically toys with slight defects that couldnt be sold in stores or its just stuff that was not selling so it gets a huge ticket price slapped on it and is some how sold at 1000% of its worth. Arcades are too far gone now. At least in the 80s-90s you could go in, learn a non-redemption game and be able to play for 10 minutes on one credit. Mortal Kombat is an example, if you were good, you could pay once and play it to the end. I could go to my local arcade with $10 (which was huge in the 90s as a kid) and play for 2 hours. Now even the games that don't pay tickets are hugely over priced, designed like the ticket games, they basically have a set amount of time you're going to play for your $1+ buy in and thats it. Skill no longer means anything to those games. I refuse to even bother playing in most arcades now unless its a retro arcade with some reasonable games in it.
Gameplay Guy (6 days ago)
It‘s just for fun
OP's OC (7 days ago)
When I was a kid I tried to prove this to my friends by reliably hitting a light other than jackpot, they just told me I was only sucking when it came time to try and win. Like most people, no amount of evidence can change a strong conviction, and this is especially true for kids.
Star Gazer (7 days ago)
1:14 I don’t understand why you used “ghetto” what does a part of a city populated by minorities have to do with your calculator...?
Paddy Mc (4 days ago)
Your comment is so conflicting for me.
Melizza Delgado (7 days ago)
Sketch (7 days ago)
just go to ee
Gkman Kowal (9 days ago)
That’s ice it’s right in my area I’m going there next week on a field trip
Infectuous YT (10 days ago)
Arcade Scam Science Look closely
Taco Cat (10 days ago)
And this is why I hate Chucky Cheese
Tim Leijten (10 days ago)
It's not an Arduino board, it's an ESP32. It can run the Arduino Libraries, but that doesn't make it an Arduino board, or even an Arduino like board.
Xander Mitchell (10 days ago)
His last name fits perfectly for what both the game and him are doing to each other
ZCD99 (11 days ago)
Couldn't you have also tested whether it was light pollution causing errors by having the machine press the button on a non winning light? If you could consistently land on let's say the 5th from the jackpot wouldn't that show that somthing was amiss with landing on the jackpot? Also loved the video man!
Little_king Jr (11 days ago)
Mark rober i have a question
David DaGamer (11 days ago)
“So basically you’re cheating?” “Well cheating a strong word but..” “YOU’RE CHEATING!!!!!!!!!”
jukeylukey Gaming (11 days ago)
These videos are ruining my childhood of playing these games and thinking I might win... Thank you so much
Cheeseburger1535 (11 days ago)
The Arcade is rigged gambling for kids.
MackintoshBraun (11 days ago)
I got 4.0sec on the second try
Wundinho (12 days ago)
The only non-rigged arcade game is one at my arcade where you have to push a physical football into a touchdown section, i mastered it and would get it everytime, i only trust games that i can see what’s going on
Andy zʇıuoq (12 days ago)
You tried to break the law.
Firaro (12 days ago)
That really bothers me. Doesn't seem like it should be legal to have a game like that which straight up lies about the premise. I don't mind that there's gambling in arcade games, i just hate that it presents itself as completely devoid of random chance only to randomly deny a win. If you don't like how often people are winning your game maybe you need to make it harder, or dispense fewer tickets or do away with it all together but don't just be like "yeah you got it right, but no i don't want to give you what you earned so just give us another token and go again"
Venixe (13 days ago)
'Dank memes'... instant sub
power games (13 days ago)
Do the key master
marvel goh (13 days ago)
I say, you're not cheating. You're using sicence and tech to beat a scam machine
The King blogger 2.0 (13 days ago)
Vincent Arnold (13 days ago)
Umm Mark couldn't you put the light BEFORE the jackpot so when you get the one long press you get a jackpot
Maxed Lemone (13 days ago)
Cari Draney (13 days ago)
I love there YouTube channel
Cari Draney (13 days ago)
Hey mark! Go kurzgesagt!
TCJ 8 (13 days ago)
He has a studio c stiker on his wall
Weasel Cookie (13 days ago)
Try doing the second best mark
SC2 (14 days ago)
This guy has to be the greatest uncle ever.
Mcbananercatguy HD (14 days ago)
Lies I’ve won those machines multiple times in a row unless here in Canada we are more nice and don’t set up scams ;D
Carsyn Whitmarsh (14 days ago)
Looking at dank memes
Athena Mahal (14 days ago)
Love how he used a coolant hose 😂
0Danielti O (14 days ago)
Can you make me a hover board
Ryan Welch (14 days ago)
I won the jackpot on one of those once
Kitty 2.0 (14 days ago)
Hey this is a scam I tried like 20 times and I got all of them one light long or one light short
Wizardry Wolf (14 days ago)
LuddZoR (13 days ago)
do it again
Heady Plays freind (14 days ago)
Mlg robot
jkid1134 (14 days ago)
I took a girl to a Dave n Busters in high school and she hit the jackpot on the machine twice out of two back to back plays and bought a plushie
Flynn (14 days ago)
This guy got every mark on his physics exams
Snit 77 (14 days ago)
How is that legal?
Ian Lyle (15 days ago)
All arcade games are rigged.... its how they make money
Alexion (15 days ago)
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Plasmacore V (15 days ago)
Remember the arcade machines have to make money for the business. They cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to buy. So no matter what you spend to play them you are almost *never* going to go home with more value in prizes than you spent to play. If everyone one could buy $20 in credits and win more than $20 in toys and candy, then there won't be an arcade very long. Remember you're there for *fun* . If you just want crappy toys and candy go to the dollar store. Also, re-read what Mode 35 says, its optional & and *off* by default. Most places won't use this kind of option on a jackpot game. (Cyclone's jackpot starts at 10 and goes up each miss until someone wins it then resets.) They do on merchandisers (claw games, stacker, etc.) because those give out the actual prize, and the business must recoup the cost of the merchandise.
ZACHARY RICHARD (15 days ago)
I didn't even know I wanted to watch this until I watched it
Senti (16 days ago)
This is why I always spun the vertical wheel that gave a random number of tickets. You win something 100% of the time and everytime I went with a group, I had the most tickets at the end.
Mr Very Mega Man (16 days ago)
brian r (17 days ago)
You don't think there's a circuit board in the machine, randomizing the delay?
GarythePuma (17 days ago)
*Why do it yourself when robots do it better*
Andrew Me (18 days ago)
Why not try to target say 5 lights before the jackpot? It would show your device is capable of targeting a specific spot, and show how consistent it is. You could find the delay for each spot, and demonstrate you are able to hit any spot with high accuracy, except the jackpot. That would be better proof, since all conditions are the same.
Flo T (20 days ago)
Why does it look like mark is in front of a green screen with a cheesy background?
computerkid1416 (20 days ago)
Stacker has the same problem.
watts300 (20 days ago)
I used the slow motion video setting on my iPhone (240fps) on one of those machines last year. The light COMPLETELY skipped over the jackpot bulb every time. I’m possible to win. Bullshit.
32mace (20 days ago)
Soo... If u block the snack,u can get 2 ? Noice ! :)
josh diaz (20 days ago)
TVv 1 (21 days ago)
Daniel Woods (21 days ago)
Gosh darn it I got CLICKBAITED
MJ Puppy13 (21 days ago)
You are such a geek for wearing a heman ( Not sure im spelling that right) t-shirt😂 and now that I think about it im a geek for knowing that 😂😂 Love your Channel!
Ryan Snow (21 days ago)
You are absolutely amazing and if your nieces and nephews are CRAZY if you’re not their favorite uncle! P.S. I subscribed 😁
Ewan Bull (21 days ago)
Omg 6:13 i live in exeter
Victor Ryba (21 days ago)
I knew it i was always so close
Revvilo (22 days ago)
It's sad... but not surprising.
idontknowkarate (22 days ago)
millennial bill nye is fine as hell! you win alllll the tickets!
Flurpellderp 22 (22 days ago)
I actually got the jackpot on one of those games with my hands so I guess I got lucky
CraftyPeter (22 days ago)
Great Video! Very Interesting!
B-DAWG Sommerfeld (22 days ago)
Wow thanks for making me not play arcade games anymore
ChillDyl 360 (23 days ago)
Man you smart
Cool Robbit (24 days ago)
Most of these games are designed this way. Stacker is identical: it pretends to be a game of skill, but the final grand prize is a gamble. You still have to time it perfectly, but whether you win after a perfect hit is entirely random, and unlikely.
Felt Castle (24 days ago)
Hacker man pt2
I remember when I was really young and won one of these games and didn't even know what happened,

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