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The Science Behind The Claw Machine Will Enrage You

The science will enrage you.

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Remember when all your childhood dreams were crushed when the claw didn't work out in your favor? It turns out you didn't suck, the machine did. The people over at Vox explain how it's just like a slot machine. Prepare to be enraged.

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History writer Phil Edwards looked at the instruction manuals of some of the most popular claw games and found a sad, sad discovery: The machine grabs things only when it's profitable.

The machine makes sure to calculate if it's financially responsible to go "full-claw" and grab your stuffed animal. In other words, the machine will only let you win if it's made up for the cost of the prize.