Arcade Industry Promises to Give You a Real Chance To 'Claw' a Prize

This summer at the beach, you might actually win something at that “claw” machine.

You’ve tried it time after time at the arcade…but just as you lift up that sweet prize, the claw drops it and you’ve got zilch.

Enter the American Amusement Machine Association. The non-profit lobbying group says its members will now have to sign a “Fair Play Pledge” that offers players “a fair chance of winning with every game played.”

All arcade games (not just the claw) will have to give players “sufficient time to identify, recognize and react with every game play." The pledge also offers us a chance to “improve with practice and experience”…and promises that “the player’s input controls the outcome of the game.”

The pledge may have been prompted by a report last year on the Today Show that reported – surprise, surprise! -  that “most claw machines are rigged.”

Here’s the announcement by the AAMA.

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