Slot Machine Name Generator
Last update: October 2021
Suggested art for fictitious slot machines
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Methodology for the Scientific Version
A statistical analysis was undertaken of the names of the 470 slot machine games at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel.1 The methodology is as follows.
Names were first analyzed for the number of words in each name. Prior to counting, the following edits were made:
- "of", "the", and initial "The" were excised from the source.
- Suffix integers denoting sequels were excised.
- The abbreviation "WOF was expanded to "Wheel of Fortune".
The results are given in Table 1 below.
|Table 1: Number of Words in Slot Names|
without "of", "the", and "The"
|Number of Words||Frequency in Source|
|Five through Eight||47|
Two-word names comprised an overwhelming 69% of the 1-, 2-, and 3-word names, and thus the generator was programmed to return mostly two-word results. In addition, the generator creates some three-word names based on certain prefixes noted in the source as per Table 2.
|Table 2: Prefixes for Slot Names with 3 or More Words||Prefix||Frequency in Source|
|Lock it Link: ...||6|
|Dragon Link: ...||4|
|Tower Stack: ...||4|
(including one instance of "Hearts of...")
(actually occurred after the initial word "Triple")
|Wealth of: ...||2|
|Tales of: ...||1|
|Tower of ...||0*|
|* Non-significant results included to determine|
whether peer-reviewers are sufficiently scrutinizing the text.
Terms were then analyzed for frequency, with the results given in Table 3.
|Table 3: Frequency of Slot Machine Name Terms|
24: Dragon, Wild
15: Link, Riches
14: Fire, Quick
12: Cash, Golden, Triple
9: 7's, Buffalo, Dragons, Fu, it, Lucky, Super
Fever, Jackpot, Lightning, Money, Wonder
6: Black, Blazing, China, Fortunes, Hot, Lai, Lock, Magic, Moon, Rising, Stack, Wins, Zeus
5: Cai, Dragon's, Festival, Platinum, Spin, Tower
4: &, 4, 5, Cats, Dancing, Diamonds, Eagle, Free, Games, High, Jungle, King, Kronos, Link:, Lion, Long, Mustang, Playboy, Power, Red, Shores, Stars, Teng, Tiger, Treasure, Twin, White, WOF, Wolf
|3: African, and, Aztec, Bonus, Celebration, Cha-Ching, Crystal, dao, Double, Dream, Emperor, Game, Grand, Great, Happy, Hearts, In, Jackpots, Jade, Kingdom, Legends, Multigame, Mystery, Night, Panda, Phoenix, Plus, Princess, Prize, Queen, Rhino, Rock, Sea, Spirit, Star, Sun, Treasures, Wealth, Wheel, Winnings, Wizard, Wonka, World, Zodiac|
Most terms which appeared at least three times in the source were entered into the generator as candidate terms. Terms that appear frequently were weighted in the generator, though not precisely according to the initial frequency in the source. Several terms which appeared only once or twice in the results were also curated for inclusion based on a subjective theory of appropriateness. The researcher originated some terms for inclusion that did not appear in the original list but which seemed to be stereotypical slot words. The article "The" was the initial prefix in only 8 or 1.7% of the terms and as a result this article was not selected for inclusion in the generator.
Attention was paid to whether the terms originally appeared as the first word or successive word of the original slot machine name, or both, and the position for those words was programmed into the generator accordingly. Terms were organized into first-word and second-word lists, with the two-word prefixes from Table 2 entered into the "first-word" list, and an item from each list is chosen at random using the xorshift+128 algorithm which is known for statistical quality, long period, and computational performance. The result are proposed slot machine names that generally sound as if they could be legitimate. Indeed, many of the random results are actual slot machine names.
1 "Gaming Machine Themes", Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel, Aug. 19, 2021
For the Ridiculous flavor, the generator combines the "Scientific" words with a list of hundreds of ridiculous words I came up with (including "69", which I added as an homage to Vital Vegas). Most of the adjectives are negative, which is part of the joke: Who wants to play slots which sound like downers, like "Depressed Buffalo", "Unwinnable Jackpots", or "Disappointing Spins"?
The algorithim for generating the names is:
- The generator picks a word randomly from the "Adjectives" list and one from the "Nouns" list.
- In some cases an extra adjective will be picked, so there will be two adjectives in a row.
- A prefix like "Super" or "Mega" might be assigned randomly.
- A suffix like "2", "III", might be appended randomly.
- A sequel (like "Judgment Day") might be appended randomly.
Some of the results might seem stereotypically racist, but that's just the random nature of the generator. For example, there's no intent behind a random result like "Black Janitors". You're just as likely to get "White Janitors", or for that matter, "Black Doctors". In fact, when I added the words "black" and "white", I wasn't even thinking about race; I didn't realize that that meaning was possible until I tried some sample names and saw "Black Janitor" come up. I did add some mild racial words such as "Honky" and "Cracker"; those who want to whine that these are just as bad as the N-word are simply wrong: it's like the difference between "shi†" and "poopoo".
Some of the results are less than stellar: there are redundancies (e.g., "Leprechaun's Leprechaun"), and adjectives which should apply to people (e.g. "narcissistic") but which instead get married to objects or concepts. Filtering out bad results would take a bit more programming effort, and I'm not inclined to make that effort until this page regularly gets 100 or more views per day.
Vital Vegas published a manual slot machine name generator: It's a page with two columns, and you're supposed to pick a word from each column to create the name. That gave me the idea to create this page. Initially I had the generator pick words randomly from each list, then I realized I could improve upon the Vital Vegas version by adding a scientific version, and one with a gazillion ridiculous words.
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