This video from Vox by Phil Edwards  explains the history of ‘Claw’ or ‘Crane’ games and why they are made so that you will probably never win.

Students will talk about gaming and gambling and try to summarise the history of claw machines in America by watching the video.


Have you ever won anything? What did you win and how did you win it?

Do you like to play games? What games are you good at?

Do you have good hand, eye co-ordination?

What stuffed animals and toys do you, did you, have?

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