Oh, man, yes.
"Back in the day," 20-25 years ago, I loved going to Vegas. Room and meals were on my employer's nickel, and there was plenty of time to roam the Strip, collecting free souvenirs (dice, hats, shirts, messenger bags, mugs, fanny packs, decks of cards), eating ludicrously cheap snacks (Slots O' Fun: $.99 foot long hot dogs! $.99 shrimp cocktails!) and chortling at the pretentious notions of "swank" and glamor. Plus wacky times with co-workers, like stumbling, giddy with fatigue from tearing down and packing a booth, into Binion's at 12:30 am to have the surprising decent $1.99 steak dinner.
And the cheap spectacles and entertainment! Fake volcanoes! Pirates and British marines blasting away at each other! $10.00 comedy clubs. $5.00 dog shows!
When I went in 2010, all the crass charm was gone. They seem to be targeting hard-drinking "Bros" and conspicuous-consumption impulse buyers. Buffets used to be a few bucks. (Literally; Circus-Circus had a $1.99 breakfast buffet. It was mostly unhealthy crap, but there was quite a selection and all you can eat.) Now they start at $8.00 for breakfast. Everything is slick and upscale and joyless and controlled, like a shopping mall is joyless and controlled.