- So, the jobs section on sister site Gamasutra definitely has a number of ads from gaming companies, like WMS, which are squarely in the 'slot machine' business, rather than the video game biz.

Which brings up the interesting question about how far the two markets are converging, discussed in an In Business Las Vegas interview with Pete Bernhard, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

It's this question for Bernhard that is particularly interesting: "The commission recently approved skill to be allowed to determine the amount of a bonus paid on a slot machine. Considering that most view poker as a game requiring skill, do you see a time where video game skills play a greater role in playing a slot machine?"

His response? "Based on the information presented to us in that circumstance, I think, yes, there will be an increased emphasis on that. As regulators, we treat this conservatively, taking steps that we think are consistent with our regulatory responsibilities while at the same time taking into account the fact that certain skill-based elements might make it more exciting and interesting for a patron."

"In the particular case you're talking about, the skill-based aspect of the game would come into play only in a bonus round and would allow a certain minimum bonus to be paid no matter what the skill of the player. So once a player earned a bonus, the player would receive some sort of reward and that reward could be increased if the player exhibited a certain greater degree of skill, in this case, the Pong game concept. We felt that was something we could regulate appropriately and it could provide something attractive for patrons. And, yes, I think the clear indication, from what we've heard, is that there will be more and more of these concepts coming forward."

So, in other words - the Vegas skill gaming avalanche could be upon us. Though probably not, given that most regular Vegas gamers don't really want their payout governed by hand-eye co-ordination. Still, it's a fun thought.