|Does this carpet make you want to gamble?|
Are the carpets part of a deceptive design that induces gamblers to keep gambling?
Some of the proposed theories:
- The busy carpet patterns hide any dropped gambling chips so the casinos can sweep them up at night and recover them.
- The carpets camouflage stains and the wear patterns made by so many people walking on them.
- Their hideousness forces customers to look up at the gambling they're supposed to be playing.
- Since the lights in Vegas casinos are dim, the carpets must be bright to stand out.
- Tackiness fits in with the Vega aesthetic of "deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble.”
- Their hideousness forces sensory overload, which floods gambler's brains with dopamine, which makes them gamble more.
- The carpet patterns are from the 1970s, and they're still there.
- Their busyness keeps people active, because relaxing doesn't inspire gambling.
- It contributes to something called the "Gruen transfer," used in shopping mall design, which is the moment when consumers become disoriented and give in to their impulses.
I stayed in a Marriott Hotel in Fort Collins Colorado during a magic convention. No gambling there. Here's the carpet:
|This lobby carpet supports the |
"carpeting as camouflage" theory.
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