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JP2014161700A
JP2014161700A JP2013038207A JP2013038207A JP2014161700A JP 2014161700 A JP2014161700 A JP 2014161700A JP 2013038207 A JP2013038207 A JP 2013038207A JP 2013038207 A JP2013038207 A JP 2013038207A JP 2014161700 A JP2014161700 A JP 2014161700A
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The present invention provides a gaming machine capable of reliably detecting opening and closing of a front door and preventing fraud.
An azimuth detector 31 for detecting an azimuth based on geomagnetism is attached to a front door 3. For example, on the condition that a door key is locked, the azimuth angle of the front door 3 in the closed state is set as a reference azimuth angle. Is stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means, and the current azimuth angle of the front door 3 to be opened and closed is detected from time to time. Then, it is determined whether the front door 3 is closed or open. In this way, since the azimuth detector 31 detects geomagnetism, it is possible to provide a slot machine that is a gaming machine that is less susceptible to detection interference by an unauthorized jig and can prevent unauthorized acts.
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  The present invention relates to a gaming machine having a mechanism for detecting opening and closing of a front door of a gaming machine such as a slot machine.
  Conventionally, in gaming machines, there has been a case in which a fraudulent act that illegally operates various devices provided in the housing is performed. In order to prevent such illegal acts, the gaming machine is provided with a sensor such as a mechanical contact switch or a photo sensor on the front door. There is something that has been announced to open.
  In addition, as disclosed in Patent Document 1, a gyroscope is installed on the front door that opens and closes the opening on the front surface of the housing, and the open / closed state of the front door is determined based on the rotation angle detected by the gyroscope. is there.
JP 2010-99404 A (see paragraphs 0053 to 0062, FIGS. 3 to 5)
  However, when the above-described mechanical contact switch or photosensor is used, the opening of the front door may not be reliably detected by using a jig that invalidates the sensor. Specifically, in the case of the above-mentioned mechanical contact switch, the front door is closed when the switch is on (hereinafter referred to as the closed state), and the front door is open when the switch is off (hereinafter referred to as the following). If the switch is kept turned on by an incorrect jig when it is determined that the sensor is open, the sensor will not turn off, but will remain on even though the front door is open. As a result, the front door is not determined to be in an open state, and during that time, illegal acts on the equipment inside the gaming machine may be performed.
  In the photosensor, the light from the light emitting unit is blocked by a light blocking member or the like and is not received by the light receiving unit, and the closed state is determined. The light is received without being blocked by a light blocking member or the like is determined as an open state. However, if a light-shielding member different from the original light-shielding member is improperly inserted and the state is always misrecognized as a closed state, the front door is detected by the sensor even though the front door is determined to be closed. May be in an open state, and during that time, there is a risk that cheating can easily be performed inside the gaming machine.
  Further, when a gyroscope is used as in the gaming machine described in Patent Document 1, in order for the gyroscope to detect the rotation angle, vibration and acceleration applied to the object are required, but the front door is opened slowly. In such a case, since the gyroscope does not react, it is impossible to detect a change in the rotation angle of the front door that is slowly opened, and it may not be possible to detect the opening of the front door.
  Therefore, the present invention has been made in view of the above-described problems, and an object of the present invention is to provide a gaming machine that can reliably detect the opening and closing of the front door and prevent fraud.
  In order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a gaming machine including a housing having an opening on a front surface and a front door provided on the housing to open and close the opening. An azimuth detector for detecting an azimuth angle by detecting the direction of a magnetic field, and a reference azimuth angle storage means for storing the azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector in a state where the front door is closed as a reference azimuth angle Open / close determining means for determining the open / closed state of the front door based on the current azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector and the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means. And a notifying means for notifying the open state of the front door when the open / close determining means determines that the front door is open (Claim 1).
  The “azimuth detector” is an object that detects an angle with respect to an azimuth with reference to true north in the direction of geomagnetism such as an electronic compass as an azimuth angle. Moreover, the magnetic sensor which can detect an azimuth using not only geomagnetism but magnetism may be used. Here, the “azimuth angle” represents a relationship with a reference azimuth using geomagnetism. Further, the “notification means” may be any means for notifying that when the opening / closing determination means determines that the front door is in an open state. For example, an effect lamp, a liquid crystal display, a speaker, etc. Applicable.
  Further, the open / close determining means has the front door open when the current azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector is different from the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means. It is good to judge (Claim 2).
  The open / close determination means includes derivation means for deriving a difference between the current front door azimuth angle detected by the azimuth detector and the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means. It may be determined that the front door is open when the derivation result by the means reaches a predetermined threshold (claim 3).
  Further, the reference azimuth angle storage means may store the reference azimuth angle on condition that there is a specific operation excluding the unlocking operation of the front door by a door key.
  According to the first aspect of the present invention, since the change in the azimuth angle of the front door can be accurately detected by the azimuth detector, it is possible to detect a minute movement of the front door, and to open and close the front door. The state can be detected reliably. In addition, since the orientation detector detects the direction of the magnetic field such as the geomagnetism, it is almost impossible to bend the magnetic field lines in an unauthorized manner, and an incorrect jig as in the case of using a conventional photosensor is used. Therefore, it is possible to provide a gaming machine that is less susceptible to detection interference due to and that can prevent fraud. Furthermore, in the gaming machine described in Patent Document 1, in order for the gyroscope to detect the rotation angle, vibration and acceleration applied to the object are necessary, and the gyroscope reacts when the front door is opened slowly. The opening of the front door may not be detected. However, by using an azimuth detector that detects the direction of a magnetic field such as geomagnetism, it is possible to reliably detect the opening of the front door without the need for vibration or acceleration.
  According to the invention described in claim 2, the front door is opened depending on whether or not the current azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector differs from the reference azimuth angle stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means. Can be easily determined.
According to the third aspect of the invention, the difference between the reference azimuth angle stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means and the current azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector is derived by the derivation means, and the derivation result Can reach the predetermined threshold value, it can be determined that the front door is in an open state, and in determining the open / closed state of the front door, the accuracy can be improved in consideration of errors that cannot be covered by the invention of claim 2. A high open / close state can be determined.
  At this time, by setting a threshold value in the derivation result of the derivation means as described above, it is possible to eliminate misperception due to the detection error of the azimuth detector itself and to operate the player according to the progress of the game (such as a stop button or It is possible to prevent misperception of vibration caused by chance buttons. In other words, some players who are enthusiastic about the game are enthusiastically struck when there is a person who operates the stop button with great effort to stop a specific symbol, or when there is an effect of repeatedly hitting the chance button. There are various players such as those who enter a special game such as a bonus game or the like, and who finish the game in a short time and beat the game machine with much stress to give vibration to the game machine. The gaming machine is firmly fixed to the island facility of the amusement store by nailing, but the front door and the housing itself vibrate due to the player's power, and the momentary shift of the front door due to the vibration is released. There is a risk of detection. Therefore, by providing a threshold as in the present claim, it is possible to prevent the player from erroneously determining that the front door has been opened even if the player is vibrated due to a gaming operation.
  According to the invention described in claim 4, a specific operation excluding the unlocking operation of the front door by the door key which only a person in the position of managing the gaming machine such as a store clerk of the gaming store (for example, the direction opposite to the unlocking direction) In order to store the reference azimuth by the azimuth detector in the reference azimuth storage means on the condition that there is a reset operation that turns the door key on the An azimuth angle that is not the reference azimuth angle can be prevented from being illegally stored, and the reference azimuth angle by the azimuth detector in a state where the front door is normally closed can be stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means. It is possible to prevent fraud from occurring on the reference azimuth angle itself, which is a reference for determining whether to open or close the front door.
  As a condition at this time, in addition to the above-described specific operation of the door key, for example, in a state where the front door is closed by visual observation or the like, it is operated and operated using some device. Or, a command that only a limited person such as a store clerk can know may be input.
It is a front view of the slot machine according to the first embodiment of the gaming machine of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the slot machine of FIG. 1 when a front door is opened. FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the slot machine of FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is an explanatory diagram of azimuth angles in the slot machine of FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is an explanatory diagram of a reference azimuth angle in the slot machine of FIG. 1. (A)-(c) is explanatory drawing of the relationship between the reference | standard azimuth angle and the present azimuth angle in the different state of the slot machine of FIG. 1, respectively. 3 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of the slot machine of FIG. 1. 3 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of the slot machine of FIG. 1. It is a flowchart for operation | movement description of 2nd Embodiment of the game machine of this invention.
[First embodiment]
Hereinafter, the slot machine which is the first embodiment of the gaming machine according to the present invention will be described in detail.
<External configuration of slot machine>
As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the slot machine 1 includes a housing 2 having a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape and having an opening on the front surface, and a front door 3 attached to the housing 2 and opening and closing the opening on the front surface. It is configured.
  Inside the housing 2 are housed a reel unit 4, a main control device 5 and sub-control device 6, a hopper unit 7, a power supply box 8, and the like as control devices.
  The reel unit 4 is provided with a left reel 4L, a middle reel 4C, and a right reel 4R on which a plurality of symbols are arranged. Each reel 4L, 4C, 4R is provided with a reel motor, and the reel motor is rotated and stopped by this reel motor and displayed on a reel window 11 described later.
  The front door 3 includes a production lamp 9, a liquid crystal display 10, a reel window 11, a medal slot 12, a 1BET switch 13, a MAXBET switch 14, a start lever 15 and a stop button 16 (hereinafter, left, middle and right stop) (Also called buttons 16L, 16C, 16R), checkout button 17, BET lamps 18a, 18b, 18c, credit indicator 19, payout indicator 20, payout port 21, tray 22, speaker 23L, 23R, front door locking device 24, A medal selector 25 is provided.
  The effect lamp 9 is turned on, blinking, and turned off in accordance with the combination of symbols displayed on the reel window 11 and the image displayed on the liquid crystal display 10, thereby improving the effect. When the slot machine 1 is in an abnormal state such as an error, the abnormal state is notified by lighting or blinking.
  The liquid crystal display 10 is provided in the upper part of the front door 3, and displays characters related to games and various images. When the slot machine 1 is in an abnormal state such as an error, a message such as “error occurred” is displayed to notify the abnormal state.
  The reel window 11 is disposed in front of the reels 4L, 4C, and 4R described above, and displays the reels 4L, 4C, and 4R. When all the reels 4L, 4C, and 4R are stopped, a total of nine symbols, three vertically and three horizontally, are displayed.
  A medal, which is a game medium of the slot machine 1, is inserted into the medal slot 12, and a bet number for playing a game can be determined by inserting a medal here.
  The BET switch is used to reduce the number of credited medals and replace it with the insertion of medals. This BET switch includes a 1BET switch 13 for betting one medal and the maximum specified number (this implementation) There is a MAXBET switch 14 for betting 3 medals. The 1BET switch 13 is configured by using a push button type switch. When the button is pressed, one BET signal is output. Each time the button is pressed, one BET signal is one. When the button is pressed twice, one BET signal is output twice. When the button is pressed three times, one BET signal is output three times. When one BET signal is output once, the number of credited medals is reduced by one and replaced with the insertion of one medal. Further, when one BET signal is output twice, the number of credited medals is reduced by two and replaced with the insertion of two medals. Further, when one BET signal is output three times, the number of credited medals is reduced by three and replaced with insertion of three medals.
  Further, the MAXBET switch 14 is configured by using a push button type switch in the same manner as the 1BET switch 13. When the MAXBET switch 14 is pressed once, a MAXBET signal is output, and by outputting this MAXBET signal, the number of credited medals is reduced by the maximum specified number (three in this embodiment), and the maximum specified The number of medals for the number (three in this embodiment) is replaced.
  The start lever 15 is for starting the rotation of the reels 4L, 4C, 4R. After the medal is inserted (however, in the case of replay, it is not necessary to insert the medal), all three are operated by operating the start lever 15. Reel 4L, 4C, 4R starts to rotate.
  The stop buttons 16L, 16C, 16R are for stopping the rotating reels 4L, 4C, 4R. Three stop buttons 16L, 16C, 16R are provided side by side on the front surface of the front door 3. Each stop button 16L, 16C, 16R corresponds to each reel 4L, 4C, 4R, the left stop button 16L corresponds to the left reel 4L, the center stop button 16C corresponds to the middle reel 4C, the right The stop button 16R corresponds to the right reel 4R. Then, by pressing the left, middle, and right stop buttons 16L, 16C, and 16R corresponding to the reels 4L, 4C, and 4R, the rotation of the reels 4L, 4C, and 4R is stopped.
  The settlement button 17 is for paying out the number of medals corresponding to the credit and the number of medals set as BET. By operating the settlement button 17, the BET number is stored in the credit. The number of medals is paid out from the payout exit 21.
  When the first medal is inserted, the 1BET lamp 18a is turned on. When the second piece is inserted, the 2BET lamp 18b is turned on. When the third piece is inserted, the 3BET lamp 18c is turned on.
  The credit indicator 19 displays the stored number. The payout indicator 20 displays the payout number when a winning combination in a game wins.
  The payout port 21 is for paying out medals, and is provided at the lower portion of the front door. The medal paid out from the payout port 21 is received by a tray 22 disposed downstream of the payout port 21.
  The speakers 23L and 23R are provided on the left and right of the lower part of the front door 3, and output various sound effects relating to the game. Also, when the slot machine 1 is in an abnormal state such as an error, an alarm sound is output or a sound output such as “an error has occurred” is output to notify the abnormal state.
  The front door locking device 24 is a device for locking the front door 3, and inserts a door key held only by a person with a limited position to manage a gaming machine such as a store clerk at a gaming store, and rotates forward (unlocks). The operation can be unlocked (unlocked). On the other hand, the front door locking device 24 can set the closed state described later by rotating the door key in the reverse direction.
  The hopper unit 7 is for storing medals and paying out medals. As shown in FIG. 2, the hopper unit 7 is arranged at the lower part in the housing 2, and the hopper unit 7 stores medals for storing a large amount of medals. A tank and a delivery mechanism for delivering medals stored in the medal tank are provided. Then, the medals sent out by the sending mechanism are sent to the payout port 21 and are paid out.
  As shown in FIG. 2, the power supply box 8 is disposed adjacent to the hopper unit 7 at the lower part in the housing 2, and each electric device, electronic component / electronic circuit of the slot machine 1, specifically, a reel This is for supplying power to the unit 4, the main control device 5, the sub control device 6, the hopper unit 7, and the like.
<Control block configuration>
As shown in FIG. 3, the slot machine 1 in the present embodiment mainly receives a signal transmitted from the main control device 5 for controlling the game and the main control device 5, and mainly controls the production. A control device including the sub-control device 6 is provided.
(Main controller 5)
As shown in FIG. 3, the main control device 5 includes a main control unit 51, reference azimuth angle storage means 52 for storing a reference azimuth angle by an azimuth detector described later, closed state setting determination means 53, and open / close determination means 54. . The main control unit 51 includes a CPU 51a, ROM 51b, RAM 51c, I / O port 51d, a random number generation circuit 51e that generates random numbers within a predetermined range, and a latch circuit 51f that acquires random numbers from the random number generation circuit 51e. Composed. In addition, the open / close determination unit 54 includes a calculation unit 54a that calculates and derives a difference between the reference azimuth angle stored in the reference azimuth angle storage unit 52 and the current azimuth angle by the azimuth detector. The calculation means 54a corresponds to the “derivation means” in the present invention.
  The main control device 5 is supplied with power from a power supply box 8 as shown in FIG. Then, as shown in FIG. 3, signals from the 1BET switch 13, the MAXBET switch 14, the star lever 15, each stop button 16, the settlement button 17, the front door locking device 24, and the medal selector 25 are input to the main control device 5. On the other hand, a control signal is output from the main control device 5 to the reel unit 4 and the hopper unit 7, and in this way, the main control device 5 controls the game of the slot machine 1.
  The medal selector 25 is provided on the back side of the front door 3 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, and as shown in FIG. 3, when a signal from the medal selector 25 is input to the main controller 5, It is determined whether or not the medal that is the game medium inserted from the mouth 12 is appropriate. If it is determined that the medal is not appropriate, it is discharged from the payout port 21, and if it is determined appropriate, the BET is normal. Control is accepted.
(Sub-control device 6)
As shown in FIG. 3, the sub-control device 6 includes a sub-control unit 61, a lamp control circuit 62 that controls the effect lamp 9, a liquid crystal control circuit 63 that controls the liquid crystal display 10, and audio output from the speakers 23L and 23R. The sub control unit 61 includes a microcomputer including a CPU 61a, a ROM 61b, a RAM 61c, and an I / O port 61d.
  Further, an effect control signal is output from the sub-control device 6 to the effect lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, and the speakers 23L and 23R. Then, based on the signal related to the game transmitted from the main control device 5 to the sub control device 6, the effect control signal is output from the sub control device 6 to the effect lamp 9 and the like, and control related to the effect of the slot machine 1 is performed.
<Configuration of opening / closing judgment of front door 3>
In order to detect the open / closed state of the front door 3 of the slot machine 1, an azimuth detector 31 is provided on the front door 3, and a reference azimuth angle storage means 52, a closed state setting determination means 53, and an open / close determination means 54 are provided. The main control device 5 is provided.
(Direction detector 31)
For example, an electronic compass can be used for the orientation detector 31. Such an azimuth detector (hereinafter also referred to as an electronic compass) 31 can handle the azimuth as an electrical signal. The azimuth detector (electronic compass) 31 detects “north” of geomagnetism by a magnetic sensor, ”As a reference azimuth, it is detected in which azimuth the object to which the azimuth detector (electronic compass) 31 is attached is directed. As shown in FIG. 4, if the object is oriented in the northeast direction, the object is oriented at 45 degrees from “north” to “east” which is the reference orientation, so the orientation of the object is “Northeast”. At this time, 45 degrees is the azimuth angle of the current object. By attaching such an electronic compass 31 to the upper right end (or lower right end) of the front door 3, the azimuth angle of the front door 3 that is opened and closed can be detected. The electronic compass 31 detects the azimuth angle at a certain period, and transmits a signal corresponding to the detected azimuth angle to the main control device 5.
(Reference azimuth storage means 52)
The reference azimuth storage means 52 stores, as a reference azimuth angle θa, the azimuth angle of the front door 3 that has been confirmed to be closed under a predetermined situation that is not illegal. The operation of the door key for locking / unlocking the front door locking device 24 possessed by a person in the position of managing the slot machine 1 such as a store clerk of the company is normally performed without being illegal. That is, a photo sensor is provided in the vicinity of the front door locking device 24 on the back side of the front door 3, and the optical path of the photo sensor is interrupted by a protrusion interlocked with the movement of the door key by rotating the door key in reverse (locking). With the interruption of the optical path of this photosensor, the azimuth angle transmitted from the electronic compass (azimuth detector) 31 is stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means 52 as the reference azimuth angle θa, and under normal conditions that are not illegal. In addition, the reference azimuth angle θa is set. In this embodiment, in order to simplify the description, it is assumed that the reference azimuth angle storage means 52 stores “reference azimuth angle θa = 90 degrees” as shown in FIG.
(Closed state setting judging means 53)
The closed state setting determination means 53 determines whether or not the closed state setting for storing the reference azimuth angle θa of the front door 3 in the closed state in the reference azimuth angle storage means 52 by the specific operation of the door key is performed. If it is determined that the closed state has not been set, a notification that the closed state is set by the effect lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, and the speakers 23L and 23R is made based on the determination result. . On the other hand, when it is determined that the closed state has been set, such notification is stopped.
(Opening / closing judgment means 54)
The open / close determining means 54 determines whether the front door 3 is opened or closed based on the current azimuth angle of the front door 3 detected by the electronic compass (azimuth detecting body) 31. As described above, the open / close determining means 54 calculates Means 54a are provided. The calculation means 54a includes a reference azimuth angle θa (hereinafter referred to as θa only when a mathematical expression is used) and a current azimuth angle θb (hereinafter, current azimuth angle θb) detected by the electronic compass 31. The difference Δθ is calculated only when the mathematical expression is used.
  When the difference Δθ calculated by the calculation unit 54a reaches a predetermined threshold value θt (hereinafter referred to as θt only when using mathematical formulas), the open / close determination unit 54 determines that the open state is detected and transmits an open signal. To do. This threshold value θt is within an allowable range in consideration of not detecting a slight error of the electronic compass 31, for example, vibration applied to the housing 2 by the player or movement when the front door 3 is strongly closed. Set to a numeric value.
<Description of operation>
The procedure for setting the closed state will be described with reference to the operation explanatory diagram of FIG. 5 and the flowchart of FIG.
  First, as shown in FIG. 7, when the power is turned on in S101, it is next determined whether or not the closed state is set by the closed state setting determining means 53, and the closed state is set in S102. If it is determined that the closed state is set, the closed state setting process is terminated. On the other hand, if it is determined that the closed state setting is not performed, the process proceeds to S103, and the effect lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, and the speakers 23L and 23R are notified to perform the closed state setting and the closed state is set. A setting request is made. At this time, lighting and blinking of the production lamp 9, a message display such as “Please set the door closed” on the liquid crystal display 10, and “Door setting” from the speakers 23L and 23R Please notify the user that the closed state is set by voice output or the like, and then proceed to the next S104.
  In S104, it is determined whether or not the closed state is set, that is, whether the door key is reversely rotated (specific operation). If the determination result indicates that the door key is not reversely rotated (specific operation), the determination in S104 is repeated. On the other hand, if it is a determination result that the door key is reversely rotated (specific operation), the process proceeds to the next S105, and the azimuth angle by the electronic compass 31 at that time is acquired as the reference azimuth angle θa and acquired in the next S106. The reference azimuth angle θa is stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means 52.
  More specifically, as shown in FIG. 5, the slot machine 1 enters the amusement store with the front door 3 closed so that the direction of the front door 3 detected by the electronic compass 31 becomes “east”. Assuming the case where it is installed, the current azimuth is “east” with respect to “north” which is the reference azimuth of geomagnetism, so the azimuth is 90 degrees, and a signal such as a voltage signal corresponding to 90 degrees Output from the electronic compass 31 to the main controller 5. At this time, by reversely rotating (locking) the door key, “90 degrees” is stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means 52 as the reference azimuth angle θa.
  In the next S107, the notification (closed state setting request) for prompting the closed state setting performed in S103 is stopped, and the closed state setting process ends.
  Such a closed state setting action may be performed when the slot machine 1 is installed in an amusement store, so it does not have to be performed every day and can be performed less frequently than the daily operation of the store clerk. Never become.
  Next, the opening / closing determination process will be described with reference to the operation explanatory diagram of FIG. 6 and the flowchart of FIG.
  First, as shown in FIG. 8, the current azimuth angle θb is acquired by the electronic compass 31 in S201, and in the next S202, the reference azimuth angle θa stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means 52 in S106 of FIG. The difference Δθ with respect to the current azimuth angle θb acquired in S201 is calculated by the calculation means 54a, and the process proceeds to the next S203, where the determination of whether the calculated difference Δθ is zero, that is, θb−θa = 0 is the open / close determination means 54 Is done.
  If the determination result in S203 is θb−θa = 0, that is, if the reference azimuth angle θa and the current azimuth angle θb match, it is determined that the front door 3 is not open, and S201. The process up to this point is repeated. On the other hand, if θb−θa = 0, that is, if the reference azimuth angle θa and the current azimuth angle θb are different, it is determined that the front door 3 is open, and the process proceeds to the next S204.
  Specifically, this is illustrated in FIG. The front door 3 when the reference azimuth angle θa is set is indicated by a dotted line, and the front door 3 when the current azimuth angle θb is acquired is indicated by a solid line. When the reference azimuth angle θa is “90 degrees”, when “southeast” is detected as the current azimuth by the electronic compass 31 when the front door 3 is opened, the current azimuth angle θb is “135 degrees”. The calculation means 54a calculates (135 degrees-90 degrees) as the difference Δθ (θb−θa) between the current azimuth angle θb (= 135 degrees) and the reference azimuth angle θa (= 90 degrees). . Here, since 135 degrees−90 degrees = 45 degrees, that is, θb−θa ≠ 0, the reference azimuth angle θa and the current azimuth angle θb do not match, and the front door 3 is in the open state. It is judged that there is. On the other hand, when “east” is detected as the current azimuth by the electronic compass 31, the current azimuth angle θb at that time is “90 degrees”, so the calculation unit 54 a causes the current azimuth angle θb (= 90 degrees). And the reference azimuth angle θa (= 90 degrees), a calculation of “90 degrees−90 degrees” is performed, resulting in a calculation result of θb−θa = 0, and the reference azimuth angle θa and the current azimuth angle θb Therefore, it is determined that the front door 3 is in the closed state.
  Then, in S204 shown in FIG. 8, in response to the determination result that the front door 3 in S203 is open, the effect lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, the speakers 23L, 23R, etc. are controlled, and the front door 3 Is notified that is open, and then the process proceeds to the next S205. Although it may be possible to set the closed state by mistake when the front door 3 is not locked, in that case, since the front door 3 is closed, the open state will be notified, As a result, the store clerk at the amusement store can recognize that the wrong closed state has been set.
  In S205, the current azimuth angle θb is acquired, and in the next S206, the difference between the reference azimuth angle θa stored in S106 of FIG. 7 and the current azimuth angle θb acquired in S205 is again calculated by the calculation means 54a. The calculation proceeds to S207, and it is determined whether θb−θa = 0.
  Here, in S201 to S203, it is determined whether or not to start notification that the front door 3 is open, but S205 to S207 determines whether or not to stop notification that the front door 3 is open. It is a process for.
  If the result of determination in S207 is not θb−θa = 0, that is, if the reference azimuth angle θa does not match the current azimuth angle θb, it is determined that the front door 3 is still open. Then, the process returns to S305, and the current azimuth angle θb is acquired again. On the other hand, if the determination result in S207 is θb−θa = 0, that is, if the reference azimuth angle θa and the current azimuth angle θb match, the front door 3 is not opened and is closed. The process proceeds to the next S208.
  In S208, the determination result that the front door 3 in S207 is not opened is received, and the notification that the front door 3 is opened in S204 is stopped. The azimuth angle θb is acquired, and the operations after S202 are repeated.
  As described above, in the slot machine of the first embodiment, by using the azimuth detector (electronic compass) 31, the reference azimuth angle θa differs from the current azimuth angle θb based on the azimuth using the geomagnetism. Since the opening / closing of the front door 3 is determined, the opening / closing of the front door 3 can be determined based on a simple calculation result. At this time, it is almost impossible to bend the geomagnetism illegally, and unlike conventional photosensors, it is less susceptible to detection interference by unauthorized jigs and can prevent fraud. it can.
[Second Embodiment]
Next, a slot machine which is a second embodiment of the gaming machine according to the invention will be described. Since the basic configuration of the slot machine of the present embodiment is the same as that of the first embodiment, differences from the first embodiment will be described.
In the first embodiment described above, the notification of the open state and the notification of the abnormal closed state setting are performed in the same manner in S204 of FIG. 8, but in the second embodiment, the notification of the open state and the abnormality are performed. The notification is made separately from the notification of the closed state setting.
The procedure of opening / closing determination of the present embodiment will be described in detail with reference to FIGS. 6A to 6C and the flowchart of FIG.
  In the second embodiment, the reference azimuth angle θa set in S106 of FIG. 7 is the origin (for example, 0 degree), and the angle calculated from the current azimuth angle θb of the front door 3 and the origin is Δθ. .
  In S301, the current azimuth angle θb is acquired. In the next S302, Δθ is calculated from the origin which is the reference azimuth angle θa and the current azimuth angle θb acquired in S301. In next step S303, in order to determine whether or not the closed state has been set correctly, it is determined whether or not Δθ calculated in S302 is within a range of 0 ≦ Δθ ≦ 100. Here, “100” means 100 degrees which is the opening range of the front door 3. Although the opening range is slightly different depending on the gaming machine, in this embodiment, the specific opening range is defined as “100” for easy understanding. The reason why 0 ≦ Δθ is set is 0 ≦ Δθ in order to detect such an abnormal situation because when Δθ becomes a negative numerical value, it is an abnormal situation such as an erroneous closed state setting. ing. In addition, it is not always necessary to satisfy 0 ≦ Δθ, and a slight negative value such as −1 ≦ Δθ may be appropriately determined in consideration of vibrations generated when the front door 3 is strongly closed.
  Specifically, as shown in FIG. 6A, when the origin which is the reference azimuth angle θa is “90 degrees” and the current azimuth angle θb of the front door 3 is “135 degrees”, Δθ is “45 degrees”. Therefore, since it is within the range of 0 ≦ Δθ ≦ 100, it is determined that the correct closed state is set, and the process proceeds to S304.
  Next, a case where an erroneous closed state setting is performed will be described. As shown in FIG. 6B, the closed state is set even though the front door 3 is open, and the origin, which is the reference azimuth angle θa, is set to “180 degrees”. When the azimuth angle θb is “90 degrees”, Δθ is “−90 degrees”. Therefore, since it is out of the range of “0 ≦ Δθ ≦ 100”, it is determined that an incorrect closed state is set, and the process proceeds to S310. Depending on the specifications of the electronic compass 31, Δθ may be detected as “270 degrees” as illustrated in FIG. 6C, but even in this case, it is outside the range of 0 ≦ Δθ ≦ 100. If it is determined that the wrong closed state has been set, the process proceeds to S310.
  In S304, it is determined whether or not Δθ (= 45 degrees) is greater than or equal to the threshold θt, that is, whether or not Δθ ≧ θt. As a result of this determination, if Δθ ≧ θt is not satisfied, that is, if Δθ has not reached the threshold value θt, it is determined that the front door 3 is not opened, and the process returns to S301, and the processing so far is repeated. On the other hand, if Δθ ≧ θt, that is, if Δθ has reached the threshold value θt, it is determined that the front door 3 is open, and the process proceeds to S305. In S305, the effect lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, The speakers 23L, 23R and the like are controlled to notify that the front door 3 is open, and then the process proceeds to S306. In S306, the current azimuth angle θb is acquired again, and in the next S307, Δθ is calculated from the origin that is the reference azimuth angle θa and the current azimuth angle θb acquired in S306, and in the next S308, the calculation is performed in S307. It is determined whether Δθ is 0 ≦ Δθ <θt. Here, in S301 to S304, it is determined whether or not the front door 3 has been correctly closed and whether or not to start the opening notification, but in S306 to S308, the front door 3 is open. This is a process for determining whether to stop the notification.
  If the determination result in S308 is not 0 ≦ Δθ <θt, it is determined that the front door 3 is still in the open state, the process returns to S306, and the current azimuth angle θb is acquired again. On the other hand, if the determination result in S308 is 0 ≦ Δθ <θt, it is determined that the front door 3 is not open and is closed, and the process proceeds to the next S309. In S309, the front door 3 in S308 is In response to the determination result that the door has not been opened, the opening notification of the front door 3 in S305 is stopped.
  By the way, in S310, in response to the determination result that the wrong closed state is set in S303, the production lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, the speakers 23L, 23R, and the like are controlled, and the closed state is set correctly. Announces that it is not broken. At this time, lighting and blinking of the production lamp 9, a message display such as “Please set the door closed” on the liquid crystal display 10, and “Door setting” from the speakers 23L and 23R Please notify the user of the closing state by voice output or the like, and then proceed to the next S311.
  In S311, it is determined whether the closed state is set, that is, whether the door key is reversely rotated. If the determination result indicates that the door key is not reversely rotated (specific operation), the determination in S311 is repeated. On the other hand, if it is a determination result that the door key is reversely rotated (specific operation), the process proceeds to the next S312 and the azimuth angle by the electronic compass 31 at that time is acquired as the reference azimuth angle θa, and the process proceeds to the next S306. The operations of S306 to S309 described above are performed.
  As described above, in the second embodiment, the reference azimuth angle θa is the origin, the angle calculated from the origin and the current azimuth angle θb of the current front door 3 is Δθ, and Δθ is 0 ≦ Δθ ≦. By determining whether or not the distance is within the range of 100, it is possible not only to determine whether the front door 3 is opened or closed, but also to determine whether or not the correct closed state has been set.
[Modification]
Briefly describing a modification of the above-described embodiment, in the first embodiment and the second embodiment, the azimuth detector (electronic compass) 31 detects the azimuth angle of the front door 3 to make an open / close determination. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and the direction of the front door 3 may be detected and the opening / closing determination may be made based on the difference in direction. Furthermore, although explanation is given using eight orientations such as “north”, “east”, “southeast”, etc. as an explanation of orientation, this is not necessarily limited to this, and in order to improve orientation detection accuracy, 16 orientations, 32 orientations, 64 orientations You may express using a direction. For example, when the direction of the front door 3 in the closed state is “southeast east”, it may be determined that the front door 3 is open when the direction of the front door 3 is no longer “southeast east”.
  There are various types of electronic compass 31, such as those using Hall elements, those using MR elements, those using two-axis magnetic sensors, and those using three-axis magnetic sensors. It may be used.
  The orientation detector 31 is not limited to an electronic compass, and a magnetic orientation sensor may be used. Furthermore, the orientation which becomes the reference is determined by detecting the magnetism of the magnet generator or magnet generator provided in the housing 2 or in the game hall to generate magnetism, and the deviation from the current detection orientation with respect to the reference orientation ( The opening of the front door 3 may be detected from the azimuth).
  In addition, according to FIGS. 2, 5, and 6 (a) to 6 (c), the direction detector 31 has been described as being provided at one end of the front door 3. May be.
  In addition, the closed state is set on the condition that the door key is specifically operated, that is, the reference azimuth angle θa is stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means 52. However, the present invention is not limited to this. It may be a condition that it cannot be done.
  Further, in the first embodiment and the second embodiment, the case where the closed state setting (memory of the reference azimuth angle) is performed when the slot machine is installed in the game shop has been described. Instead, the closed state may be set every time the power is turned on at the start of business or every other time the power is turned on.
  Further, in the first and second embodiments and FIG. 1, the reference azimuth angle storage means 52, the closed state setting determination means 53, and the open / close determination means 54 are provided in the main control device 5, and for the production via the sub control device 6. The case where the lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, and the speakers 23L and 23R are notified of unauthorized opening has been described. However, the present invention is not limited to this. For directing directly from the main control device 5 without using the sub-control device 6. The lamp 9, the liquid crystal display 10, and the speakers 23L and 23R may notify unauthorized opening. Further, a signal notifying an error to the hall facility may be transmitted from either the main control device 5 or the sub control device 6. Further, the advancement of the game may be stopped, for example, the gaming machine may be turned off to notify the unauthorized opening of the front door 3.
  Further, the reference azimuth angle storage means 52, the closed state setting determination means 53, and the open / close determination means 54 may be provided not in the main control device 5 but in the sub control device 6.
  Needless to say, the present invention is not limited to the slot machine described above, but can also be applied to pachinko machines, parrots, and other gaming machines.
1 ... slot machine (game machine),
2 ... Case,
3 ... Front door,
9 ... Production lamp (notification means),
10 ... Liquid crystal display (notification means),
23L, 23R ... Speaker (notification means),
31… Direction detector
52. Reference azimuth storage means,
54 ... Opening / closing judgment means,
54a ... calculating means (derivative means),
θa: Reference azimuth,
θb: Current azimuth,
In order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a gaming machine including a housing having an opening on a front surface and a front door provided on the housing to open and close the opening. The azimuth detector that detects the direction of the magnetic field and detects the azimuth angle, and the front detected by the azimuth detector when there is a specific operation for turning the door key of the front door in a direction opposite to the direction of turning when unlocking. Based on the reference azimuth storage means for storing the azimuth of the door as a reference azimuth, the current azimuth of the front door detected by the azimuth detector and the reference azimuth stored by the reference azimuth storage means Te, a closing determining means for determining the opening and closing state of the front door, when the front door by the closing determination means determines that the open state, and a notification means for notifying the open state of the front door The opening / closing judgment means In addition to the determination of the open / closed state of the front door, the difference between the current azimuth angle of the front door and the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means is an opening range from the closed state of the front door in advance. When it is within the predetermined range, it is determined that the specific operation is performed in the closed state of the front door, and when the specific operation is not within the predetermined range, the specific operation is not in the closed state of the front door. When it is determined that the notification is performed, in addition to the notification of the open state of the front door, the opening / closing determination unit determines that the specific operation is performed when the front door is not closed. The fact is notified (claim 1).
According to the first aspect of the present invention, since the change in the azimuth angle of the front door can be accurately detected by the azimuth detector, it is possible to detect a minute movement of the front door, and to open and close the front door. The state can be detected reliably. In addition, since the orientation detector detects the direction of the magnetic field such as the geomagnetism, it is almost impossible to bend the magnetic field lines in an unauthorized manner, and an incorrect jig as in the case of using a conventional photosensor is used. Therefore, it is possible to provide a gaming machine that is less susceptible to detection interference due to and that can prevent fraud. Furthermore, in the gaming machine described in Patent Document 1, in order for the gyroscope to detect the rotation angle, vibration and acceleration applied to the object are necessary, and the gyroscope reacts when the front door is opened slowly. The opening of the front door may not be detected. However, by using an azimuth detector that detects the direction of a magnetic field such as geomagnetism, it is possible to reliably detect the opening of the front door without the need for vibration or acceleration. In addition, direction detection on the condition that there is a reset operation (specific operation) to turn the door key held only by those who are in the position of managing gaming machines such as store clerk in the direction opposite to the direction to turn when unlocking The reference azimuth angle by the body is stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means. In this way, it is possible to prevent the azimuth angle that is not the original reference azimuth angle from being illegally stored by an outside party unrelated to the game store that does not have the door key, and the front door is always closed normally. The reference azimuth angle by the azimuth detector at the reference position can be stored in the reference azimuth angle storage means, so that it is possible to prevent an injustice from occurring on the reference azimuth angle itself that is a reference for opening / closing determination of the front door. Further, the open / close determining means, in addition to determining the open / closed state of the front door, determines whether the difference between the current front door azimuth and the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means is the front door closed state. If the predetermined range is not within the predetermined range as the opening range, it is determined that the specific operation was performed when the front door was not closed. In this way, not only whether the front door is opened or closed, but also whether the reference azimuth is stored in the closed state of the front door, that is, whether the reference azimuth is stored in a normal state. Can also be done.

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  1. In a gaming machine comprising a housing having an opening on the front surface and a front door provided on the housing to open and close the opening,
    An azimuth detector provided on the front door for detecting the direction of a magnetic field and detecting an azimuth angle;
    Reference azimuth storage means for storing the azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector in a state where the front door is closed as a reference azimuth angle;
    Open / close determining means for determining the open / closed state of the front door based on the current azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector and the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means;
    A gaming machine comprising an informing means for informing an open state of the front door when the opening / closing judging means judges that the front door is in an open state.
  2. The opening / closing determination means includes
    The front door is determined to be in an open state when a current azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector is different from the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means. Item 1. A gaming machine according to Item 1.
  3. The opening / closing determination means includes
    Derivation means for deriving a difference between the current azimuth angle of the front door detected by the azimuth detector and the reference azimuth angle stored by the reference azimuth angle storage means;
    The gaming machine according to claim 1, wherein when the derivation result by the derivation means reaches a predetermined threshold value, it is determined that the front door is in an open state.
  4. 4. The reference azimuth angle storage means stores the reference azimuth angle on condition that there is a specific operation excluding the unlocking operation of the front door by a door key. The gaming machine described in 1.
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