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Cheating should be condemned. Sports, games and even relationships all have rules in place to make them fair.
However, arcade games are commonly built on an uneven playing field and rely on deception to convince the player the odds aren't stacked against them. Throw the ball through the hoop to win a million quid - turns out the ball is bigger than the hoop. Pick up the diamond with the claw - turns out the claw is made from jelly, and the diamond is a glittery pebble. Shoot the target to win the goldfish - turns out the goldfish is actually just a wet chicken nugget with googly eyes stuck on it.
As such, it is hard to begrudge the crafty teenagers who have found a way of redressing the balance using their smartphones.
A video shows the boys using their trick on the Deal or No Deal arcade game at a Zone Bowling Centre in Australia.
During the game, the teens are prompted to 'follow the cases' - of which there are 16 - containing a maximum of 800 points and a minimum of one point. The cases then flick around the screen at a rate no human could follow, but the boys use their phones to record the shuffling, before reviewing the footage in slow motion and selecting the 800 point box.
Using this foolproof method, the boys can be seen amassing a huge train of coupons, that spill out of the arcade machine like afterbirth pouring out of a cow.
The boys then insert their coupons into the ticket count machine, which gobbles them up like a dog eating the afterbirth from a cow.
Having successfully pulled off the con of the century, the teens make their way to the counter with the mega jackpot point haul, ready to claim their hard/sneakily earned prize. However, this is where it gets a little disappointing.
If the boys had been able to pull off a similar hack on the TV version of Deal Or No Deal, which the arcade game is based on, they would be walking away with £250,000 ($328,900). But this being an arcade, the teens instead claim the grand prize of... Jenga. A game which you can buy for £11 ($14) and you can't win by using your smartphone.
Suppose the moral of the story is that it's never worth cheating... at an arcade.
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