I get your point RS, absolutely I do. Here's the strange thing though.....I think people forget the effect that volatility has. There has been a MASSIVE uptick in the volatility of games recently. People want bigger and bigger wins and so the majority of games now have huge volatility.
Think back, most older games had max wins of 1000x. Now days, you'll be hard pressed to find a game with a max win of less than 10000x. Most seem to be 20000x or more.
This means you will go on longer losing streaks. It also works in the Casino's favour, because most of us have limited funds, so we'll bust out and won't be able to continue until we hit 'the big one', so may people will run a personal RTP far below the TRTP, just because they're unable to afford enough spins for it to even out.
Think of it this way, if you're playing £1 a spin, and the max win is 1000x, you would expect to lose something like £1050 before winning the 1000x.
If the game has 20000x max win, then you're statistically likely to lose £20500 ish before you hit a max win.
Now take that to the games with 100000x and 200000x. You are statistically likely to lose VAST quantities before you 'hit big'.
As volatility continues to rise, something has to give, and what gives are the frequencies of small wins and 'mid' wins that used to give us regular smaller cashouts or keep our sessions running longer.
Before I go any further, I almost exclusively play games that are 96% RTP or above.
Rare exceptions to that rule would be Novos (which are mostly 95%), progressives (I would only play Mega Moolah tbh)
and some sub-96% MG and Netent (eg GOT which is low 95%).
If it is under 95% AND non-progressive, I ain't touching it. Unless of course, it is being FALSELY ADVERTISED as being above 95%,
when in actuality it is running a sub-95% version.
I started playing NLC games in September last year. Given their reputation for extreme volatility AND high max win potential, I was naturally cautious.
I also started to play Relax gaming slots a bit more often too, all while continuing to play my normal MG, Netent and BTG slots.
What surprised me is that, despite their claims of extreme volatility, I was actually getting a half-decent game for my money on NLC.
Sure, features were often hard to come by and would test my patience, but I was getting wins in the 100x to 500x range a lot more frequently
than I expected. In both base game (eg Infectious5, Book of Shadows, Legion) and features (EC v WC, Deadwood, Hoarder, Book of Shadows).
Contrast that with what my experience of BTG, MG and Netent was turning into. Those providers in the past were great at producing those 100x to 500x wins that kept the low stakes, low rolling players entertained for hours upon hours. You know the ones I am referring to.
IR, Playboy, TS2, Jurassic Park, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Bonanza, DHV to name but a small handful.
AND these slots could deliver those 100x wins in spades while ALSO offering up the "threat" of going a notch bigger...
into the 1000x and 5000x range.
But now, it's games by those providers that are MORE GUILTY of shredding my balance.
And the 100x wins seem to have disappeared into a black hole. Which adds insult to injury.
Even feature triggering frequency for the likes of MG and Netent seems to have been severely diminished.
Sessions seem to fall into two categories now....
1. Get zero sniffs at a feature and get rinsed in fairly quick order OR
2. Get multiple sniffs at a feature, but get no decent wins. You might well get decent playtime, but getting ahead by an amount that
could make you consider cashing out seems like a pipe dream. Which only serves to prolong your "agony" before the inevitable bustout happens.
For me, at this moment, Jurassic Park is the one MG slot I regularly play at an amount greater than 60p a spin (I play that at £1.20).
Simply because it is the only slot that seems to give me a decent game (and the prospect of decent wins) for my money.
It wasn't that long ago (summer/autumn 2021) that I was enjoying a brief spell of playing IR on MG Viper at £3 a spin.
Nowadays, I positively balk at the idea of playing IR any higher than 60p. The volatility has been drastically changed.
It's got so bad that I am wondering if I have to drop to 30p. At which point, I think I would rather not play.
As far as BTG goes, guess which slot I have most 100x wins from in recent months? Lil Devil.
The one with the potential to pay 100,000x (massively higher than any other BTG slot), the one which you would think ought
to have the highest volatility is the one which is playing more like an enjoyable and playable medium to high variance game.
Too many of these older games now look like nerfed eyesores that are mere shadows of their former great selves.
Rhino, Cleopatra Plus, Twin Spin, IR, Playboy, DHV, Bonanza, Creature.
I left DOA off that list because I still think that offers up something good for the player. But even that game has its detractors.
There's probably a craptonne more that I don't even know about, because I never played them in the first place.
Wouldn't be shocked if someone mentioned Book Of Dead, among others.
Too many of these "oldies but goodies" have been turned into Quickspin-esque or Yggdrasil-esque garbage that eat money like a high variance slot, yet payout like a low variance one. The sort that are "perniciously designed to ensure you stand almost no shot of ever getting ahead".*
* Choppers quote (made a good 7 or 8 years ago), not mine. But it remains relevant today. Perhaps it is more relevant than ever.