VIDEO: Claw Game Gains Attention from State Legislature
It's a Jersey shore summer ritual, stepping into a boardwalk arcade to play some games. But one game, with a dedicated fan base, is gaining the attention of the state legislature. New Jersey State Senator Nick Scutari wants to know how often people win playing the claw machine, and wants the state to consider more oversight when it comes to the game. Critics say the game is easy to rig in that operators can set the payout odds and control the strength of the joystick used to work the claw to determine whether a prize can be retrieved. They also claim players rarely capture any of the big prizes that the games offer. But industry officials dispute those allegations. They say it's in the best interest of arcades to have customers win prizes, because if they're not getting anything over time, they likely won't want to play the games.