In this Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, photograph, a young couple looks at a stuffed toy in a claw machine game at an arcade in Atlantic City, N.J. The game is an arcade and amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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One New Jersey lawmaker has the same question and wants the state to consider more oversight over the game.Critics maintain the game is easy to rig, noting operators can set the payout odds and control the strength of the joystick-controlled claw to determine whether a prize can be retrieved. The claw games in New Jersey are already regulated by the state's Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission, which oversees the amusement industry.The measure proposed by Scutari would add mechanical and programming specifications needed for claw machines to ensure a player has reasonable odds of obtaining a prize.Jeremy Hambly, a claw game aficionado from the Milwaukee area whose ClawStruck YouTube channel shows how many different models work, notes that most modern day machines have sophisticated programming that allows the operator to predetermine their profit.
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