The Snohomish County Career Fair is planned from 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Orca Ballroom at the Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip.
More than 55 companies will be there representing a wide variety of industries looking to hire people.
WALKING THROUGH THE SPRAWLING AND crowded floor of the Global Gaming Expo, the yearly Las Vegas convention showcasing the very latest in casino innovations, one can’t help but be overwhelmed by the thousands of new slot machines and table games that will be debuting in casinos over the next year.
But it wasn’t the typical industry giants like IGT or Aristocrat, with their tremendous, lavish booths, that stole the show this year. Rather, it was the smaller and ostensibly more unfamiliar companies that caught my eye as I walked the crowded convention floor.
Why was I so apathetic towards the offerings from these industry titans?
I am 21 years old, meaning I am firmly and inexorably bound to the generation of individuals known today as “millennials.” Being a part of this generation, I was fortunate enough to have grown up in a world surrounded by rapid advances in technology and was heavily exposed to technology from an early age, like many others in my age group.
That said, being a millennial, I also began playing video games at a young age, considering the nearly ubiquitous adoption of affordable and readily-available video game consoles like the Nintendo 64 and the Sony Play Station that took place during my youth.
As a result, many fellow millennials to this day still play video games in some capacity, whether they be on their video game console, computer, or on their smartphones.
Traditional slot machine usage has been on a steady decline over the past decade, and many casinos have been searching for a way to appeal to millennials, who, for the most part, do not prefer to gamble on slot machines.
To address this, a handful of companies have designed and manufactured a number of machines focused on skill-based gaming, which factors in a player’s ability to successfully complete objectives and accomplish tasks in order to receive a payout.
Take Game Co, an up-and-coming manufacturer of these skill-based machines who demoed their Video Game Gambling Machine, or VGM, on the G2E floor.
The VGM is a dual-screen machine, with a touchscreen to make your bets and play and a passive screen to show your pay table and winnings.