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Patent Application Titled "Gaming Machine Determining the Content of Bonus Game by Roulette" Published Online

March 6, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Yoshikawa, Kensaku (Tokyo, JP); Kitamura, Kenta (Tokyo, JP), filed on August 28, 2013, was made available online on February 20, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Aruze Gaming America, Inc.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a gaming machine which determines contents of a bonus game by roulette.

"Conventionally, some gaming machines such as slot machines award a bonus when a predetermined condition is satisfied. For example, there has been known a gaming machine which awards a bonus such as a game medium (e.g., a coin) or a free game when one or more bonus symbols are stopped and displayed.

"Such gaming machines awarding a bonus include a gaming machine provided with a plurality of bonuses. For example, Specifications of U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2009/0104973 and U.S. Pat. No. 7,578,736B2 each discloses a gaming machine in which: one bonus is selected out of a plurality of bonuses in response to a player's operation on an input device such as a button; and the selected bonus is awarded.

"On the above-described gaming machine provided with the plurality of bonuses, a player generally plays a game with a great interest in the plurality of bonuses and the selection from the bonuses.

"Thus, an object of the present invention is to provide a gaming machine having a new entertainment characteristic by adding a new feature in relation to the selection from the plurality of bonuses."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is a gaming machine including: a symbol display device which rearranges a plurality of symbols; a roulette device which has a classification symbol group constituted of a plurality of classification symbols placed, and selects one classification symbol out of the classification symbol group by indicating one area out of areas respectively corresponding to the classification symbols; and a controller which is programmed to execute the following processes of:

"(a1) executing a base game in which the symbols are rearranged on the symbol display device and a base payout is awarded in accordance with the rearranged symbols;

"(a2) when the symbols are rearranged in the base game so that a predetermined condition is satisfied, causing the roulette device to select one classification symbol out of the classification symbols; and

"(a3) when one classification symbol is selected out of the classification symbols, executing a bonus game corresponding to the selected classification symbol.

"In the above structure, when the symbols are rearranged in the base game so that the predetermined condition is satisfied, one classification symbol is selected out of the plurality of classification symbols by the roulette device. Then, a bonus game corresponding to the selected classification symbol is executed.

"Thus, since a process of selecting a bonus game, i.e., which bonus game is to be executed, is shown to a player through the roulette device, it is possible to provide fairness. Further, by producing effects that a bonus game is selected using the roulette device, the entertainment characteristic is improved.

"Further, the controller of the present invention may execute, in the process of (a1), the base game on condition that a game value is bet; and, in the process of (a3), execute a free game which is played without betting a game value and has contents corresponding to the selected classification symbol, as the bonus game.

"In the above structure, the bonus game is a free game which is played without betting a game value, and therefore the game is more advantageous to the player. This prevents a decrease in the player's motivation to keep playing the game.

"Further, in the process of (a3), the controller of the present invention may determine, as for each of the number of free games and a payout scaling factor in the bonus game, whether determination is made based on an input by a player or a predetermined value is used, in accordance with the classification symbol selected by the roulette device.

"In the above structure, depending on the selected classification symbol, there is a possibility that the player performs an input operation to determine the number of free games and/or the payout scaling factor in the bonus game when the execution of the bonus game is determined. This prevents the player from being bored.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a representative drawing illustrating a game state of a slot machine related to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating a function flow of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating an overall configuration of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating an example of a mode of a symbol display device of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a display mode of a roulette device of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a display mode of the roulette device of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 7 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a display mode of the roulette device of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an example of a mode of the symbol display device of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 9 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a display mode of the roulette device of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 10 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a display mode of the roulette device of the gaming machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating a flowchart of main control processing of the slot machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating a flowchart of feature game processing of the slot machine related to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a flowchart of bonus game contents determination processing of the slot machine related to the embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Yoshikawa, Kensaku; Kitamura, Kenta. Gaming Machine Determining the Content of Bonus Game by Roulette. Filed August 28, 2013 and posted February 20, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2039&p=41&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140213.PD.&OS=PD/20140213&RS=PD/20140213

Keywords for this news article include: Aruze Gaming America Inc.

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