Gamer profile: Slot developer fancies wine, green cars and sci-fi flicks


Ian Arrowsmith, director of game development for Bally Technologies

Game developers are the mathematical geniuses and tech junkies responsible for the sea of slot machines that flows through Las Vegas.

But who are they? What do they drive? Where do they party? Whom do they read?

VEGAS INC is bringing some of the personalities behind the biggest gaming companies in the world out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

First up, Ian Arrowsmith, of Bally Technologies.

Name: Ian Arrowsmith

Age: 47

Hometown: Manchester, London; now lives in Henderson

Company: Bally Technologies

Job: Director of game development

What did you want to be when you were a child? Computer programmer. I wrote my first slot machine game when I was 11.

Favorite alcoholic drink: Single malt whiskey with no ice or a glass of Australian shiraz

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: English breakfast tea

Last meal on death row: A huge rib eye with Aussie shiraz

Favorite Las Vegas nightspot: Mix Lounge at Mandalay Bay. It has the best views of the Strip.

Favorite movie: The Matrix

Favorite food: Scotch egg

Favorite book: “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” by Douglas Adams

Car(s) in your driveway: Ford Explorer, Volkswagen Eos convertible, Hyundai Elantra

Best Las Vegas memory: Too many to mention and making new ones every day

How would you describe Las Vegas to an alien? Plenty of parking at Area 51, grab an Alien Burger at the Little A’Le’Inn, head down the Extraterrestrial Highway – Vegas is the one with the bright lights – and have some fun!

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