Total AC Blog: Where Everybody Knows All The Info On The CHEERS Video Slot Game

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Do you want to go where everybody knows your name? We have the perfect solution: Check out the Cheers slots at Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City!

Cheers

 

What it comes down to is that you want to spin that pretty looking wheel. That’s where all the magic happens. To do this, you need to land at least five WHEEL symbols in the base game or three WHEEL symbols on a free spin. The Lucky Round Bonus Wheel gives you the chance at mini-bonuses or up to 100x Cheers Credits.

And the mini-bonus rounds are:

CLIFF! If you win on Cliff’s first spin, you get a chance of a pick at 50x Cheers Credits. If you are playing Cliff on a Sam Re-Spin, you get a chance of a pick at 100x Cheers Credits.

NORM! Same deal as Sam. But the first spin gives you a chance of a pick at 10x Cheers Credits.

And of course the SAM RE-SPIN. You get the drift of that one by now.

Check out the action.

 

Sounds and looks fun, right?

For even more fun facts about the game, check out this interview we did with game producer Steven Rosen.

TAC: You are a game producer at WMS Gaming and kind of take the lead in working with game designers in creating some of your popular video slots. How would you describe your job for everyone out there?

Steven Rosen: I think as a producer, you’re mostly an enabler. Outside from managing people, we’re managing products as well. One of the things that we need to make sure we are doing here is schedule versus creativity; making sure that we make the best products possible and making sure that our people are getting everything they need to do that. Producing is sort of an all-encompassing job. Movie producers are different from video game producers versus slot producers. As a slot producer, I’m managing up to six to eight games at a time in various stages where if you are a video game producer, you are managing one game for two years. We are sort of in and out in six to eight months. That is sort of our process here.

TAC: How did you get into this profession?

Steven Rosen: When I left Indiana University in 2002, I wanted to be in film production. That was my dream job, so I moved out to California in 2002 and worked at a production company called Maverick Films, which is Madonna’s film company, for about two years. We made a couple of movies – Agent Cody Banks with Frankie Munez and Hilary Duff. I’m a Midwest guy and LA was just not for me, so I moved back here and went to work at Midway Games so I could stay in entertainment. I worked on different titles like NBA Ballers, Mortal Combat, and a couple of those games just helping out and learning my craft. I came here in 2006 and I’ve been here ever since, almost seven years.

TAC: What do you like most about your job?

Steven Rosen: Every day is different. We are dealing with so many different departments and I utilize so many different relationships on a daily basis. I think that’s probably the best part for me because we work with so many wonderful people here. The other great thing for me, staying in entertainment, is that I’m giving people an entertainment experience. Something that is taking their mind off of something whether it be for an hour, a half hour, ten minutes, it’s an entertainment experience.  I get to work on some amazing licenses we have here. Favorite movies like The Wizard Of Oz and Willy Wonka and then Cheers, I’ve watched for years. This wasn’t actually something I was really looking for, but I sort of fell into it and fell in love with it.

TAC: What was your involvement with this particular game, the Cheers video slot?

Steven Rosen: I was the producer on the game. One of the things in particular we knew was that we wanted to knew the characters, so we had that. We had to get all the music rights so we had to chase those down and make sure those came with the license, and the other thing that we do with a lot of our games is we use sound-alikes for narration. In this particular case, I thought that John Ratzenberger in particular, who is Cliff Clavin, had such a recognizable voice. In fact, he’s in every Pixar movie ever made; they utilize his voice in every picture. We approached him about it and he was really into it and we got a chance to spend some time with him while he was doing it. To me, he really legitimized the license for us. He was able to get into character so quickly and improvise things we didn’t even write for him in a script just because he knew the character so well. That was really the main focus of it. And then for this one in particular, we prototyped and we wanted to make sure we had not only the right moments, but we needed to make people laugh because that’s what they remember from the show. Utilizing those clips and those characters was something that we absolutely had to do. And for the actual production of it, we had to cut up clips and go through the 170 episodes of Cheers, so we made sure that we got good clips and showed people that kind of stuff, but also made sure we legitimized the license with John Ratzenberger.

TAC: How did the idea come about to create a video slot machine game based on this popular TV show?

Steven Rosen: We do a lot of license testing here. We’ve done other TV show licenses like Green Acres and Happy Days, so it was sort of the next natural step for us. We tested the license and it tested very favorably. We knew when we secured the license that we were going to go after talent which is a big part for us. We got that and got the theme song which everybody knows is “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”, no pun intended. And we approached CBS and we were able to get the license from them.

TAC: What kind of fun fact did you learn about Cheers through the whole process?

Steven Rosen: It wasn’t so much a learning process as it was spending an hour and a half with John Ratzenberger listening to him tell stories about the set and the show. He talked a lot about how it was such an amazing experience for him. We’ve done a lot of voice over work with different celebrities and this is one of the best ones for me because he was so into the character that it brought back so many great memories for him.

TAC: What about this game do you think will resonate with so many of our players?

Steven Rosen: We’ve given the player those moments with Woody Harrelson and his character, Carla sort of being a smart ass, Sam being a womanizer. We have these little clips from the show that really bring that back for him. And every time you play it, you get the instrumental and then when you get to the free spins, you get the entire song, because that song just resonates so much with people and puts them in a really feel good mood that makes me thinks people will really get into it.

TAC: What other popular games have you had a hand in bringing to life over your career?

Steven Rosen: I did the original Lord Of The Rings video product which was a great treat to work on. I worked on our Aladdin game which utilized our sensory 2.0 chair, a moving chair, so that was really neat to work on because it was sort of the first in that category. I also worked on The Godfather.

TAC: Love it! What kind of game would you love to be involved with someday that you haven’t had a hand in yet?

Steven Rosen: I’m working on one now and I can’t talk about it! It’s my favorite movie of all time. Since I’ve been here, it was the one license that I’ve wanted. I got to meet some of the cast. It’s an ‘80s classic, how about that? It will be out soon, we’re just finishing up. I got to live my dream by recreating this film into a slot machine and sort of give my own homage to it a little bit because I really had a hand in not only producing but the design as well. It’s one of those movies that 25 plus years later still really holds true.

 

Ah, a cliff hanger! We can’t wait to keep checking back to see what it will be! In the meantime, enjoy the Cheers video slot at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s!

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