“You win some you lose some” is a story telling project, by Veldwerk, film, educatie en beleid in which citizens of Rotterdam search for ‘the how of happiness’. The result? A travelling story machine and webplatform which uncover the hidden stories of (former) drug addicts and the homeless of Rotterdam to the city.
For this project we modified a 1970 electro mechanical slot machine into a story telling machine.
The traditional symbols on the reels (cherry, orange, BAR etc) are replaced with symbols more relating to the project. The entire cabinet is refitted in a new housing, with new artwork.
The behavioral aspects of the slotmachine have been overruled by a program in a microcontroller.
Visual feedback on the machine is highlighted with 200 channels of LED indicators; the stories are played back from an embedded media player.
The result is a fresh looking machine, still equipped with ‘vintage’ electromechanical parts like the handle, the counter and lots of clicking relays.
After hitting the start button, 4 credits will be given and the user can pull the handle to test his or her luck on winning a story.
Depending on the combination of the icons on the reels, a story will be selected and played back. In case there is no winning combination, you lose and you have to try again.
More information about this project can be found here (dutch only).