Certainly not for those nostalgic about 1990s-style pub slots. Gods know when nudges and holds were first introduced in slot machines, but with the proliferation of video slot games no longer dependent on mechanical reels in the late 1980s/early 1990s, so spread the “nudge” and “hold” features.
In addition to providing the illusion of more wins – and with Random Number Generators in place, trust us, it’s an illusion – nudges and holds enhance gameplay by allowing each individual spin more life. Gameplay doesn’t end with the simple spinning of the reels and, in slots which award these bonuses randomly, each “near miss” comes with the hope that maybe just maybe I can nudge that reel 2 down one space o please o please … you get the idea.
Paradoxically, yes. Perhaps because of the expansion of slots-style gaming into the world of “freemium games” for the tablet, a whle new generation has been exposed to playing of slots. But while the slot machine itself is highly iconic in American culture and is pretty self-explanatory, the Millennial generation simply doesn’t recall the awesomeness of the nudge/hold schema and so doesn’t miss them.
In fact, these days you’d probably be more likely to see a video bonus round than nudges and holds – even in a classic-style 3-reel fruit machine. Hashtag sad, as a certain US predident might say.