LAS VEGAS -- It might seem like kids' stuff to some, but Nevada
Gaming Commission officials approved what they called "landmark
regulations" to discourage slot machines geared toward children.
Under new regulations aimed at reassuring parents that the
gaming industry here is not targeting children, gamblers will not
see a "South Park" theme on slot machines. Also unlikely are
Spiderman and Pokemon themes.
In fact, officials said only names that have been around for
more than 21 years, such as Elvis, are appropriate for slot
machines. That means names such as "Monopoly" and "Wheel of
Fortune" make the cut.
Gaming officials adopted guidelines that no slot machine can use
a theme or product derived or based on a current product.
The debate over so-called "kiddie slots" began last year and
intensified when some companies began introducing slot machines
with names from television shows such as "The Munsters."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a presidential candidate and
chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is among those who have
urged hearings on the subject.