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The VR thread

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by Pink Cadillac, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. ECG

    ECG East Coast(er) General Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    Just a few details about Six Flags Great Adventure's Drop of Doom VR:
    1. It's completely optional for anyone who wants to ride without the headsets.
    2. Riders under 13 years of age are not permitted to ride with the headsets, although they might meet the minimum height requirement, due to the graphic video content.
    3. Following the opening weekend (May 5-7), when season pass holders can preview the ride from 10:30am-3pm, Drop of Doom VR will operate only after 3pm.

    In other virtual reality news, Six Flags St. Louis are updating the VR experience on Ninja from Rage of the Gargoyles to Galactic Attack.

    Unfortunately both parks are holding their media events on the same day, so I'll be going to Great Adventure to let you all know how it is on a drop tower.
    Of course I could have already experienced Galactic Attack when it opened last weekend at Six Flags New England, but Mind Eraser is bad enough as is and I'm not driving up there just to get my head bashed around.
    Six Flags Great America also extended an invitation for their Drop of Doom VR media event next Friday, but I would rather wait a week to try it on Zumanjaro.
     
  2. Sandman

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    I've not experienced VR on a ride myself yet but I'm going to hazard a guess that out of all ride types, the one least suited to VR has to be a drop tower? The whole build up of anticipation for a drop tower comes from the fact you are taken up to a high point and dropped. If you stick a :emoji_poop:ty VR headset on then I'd assume, if anything, it's going to kill or at least lessen the very real anticipation of staring down at ground level from 400ft high.

    Also, that VR looks absolutely :emoji_zipper_mouth:. No ride has ever been improved with late 90's Playstation level graphics. It's like a tacky motion simulator level.
     
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    Actually, considering you use sight to judge distance, getting rid of it in favor of a pre-rendered setting could really screw with ones judgement of how far everything is and really make it that much more terrifying.

    An example being that stupid gag of having a friend lay stomach down on the floor, close their eyes, and have someone else pick up their upper half using their arms. You wait a few seconds, tell them to imagine themselves floating/flying, and then just slightly drop them a bit. The sensation of being on the dropping bit is pure adrenaline and fear because you cant physically see how far you are dropping, so your mind thinks that 1 inch drop is more vast.

    Pretty sure there is a psych term or something for it, but the loss of sight does screw with your inner perception of distance. I still think the whole thing is stupid, but hope your VR set sucks (read broke) and enjoy the thrill of the unknown void instead!

    Edit: Has anyone actually done that gag/experiment with a friend before?
     
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    I don't understand VR on a drop tower, or any really. Admittedly I've only done Air/Galactica but I've done it twice and both times were awful. Maybe I've got a funny shaped head but the first time the headset sat so low I couldn't breathe through my nose and the second time it fell off and smacked me in the face.

    I remember trying that flying/dropping trick as a kid...I never had the imagination to make it work!
     
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    I would agree if the VR was any good, but it's still stuck in the 90's and therefore it would probably destroy any anticipation for me. I don't see the point in having a 400ft drop tower if you're going to essentially be blinded by :emoji_poop: CGI. Fair play, it's optional... but it's also pointless.
     
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    They're going to the trouble of making the world's tallest drop tower ride, with unprecedented height to scare riders, and then they send them up blindfolded?

    *sigh*

    If there ever was a bigger waste of a record breaker, I've yet to hear about it. It's like buying the most expensive menu item at a five star restaurant, and running it through a blender. Yes, technically you're neither doing anything to neither the taste nor its nutritional value, but you sure are spoiling the point of purchasing such an expensive item to begin with.
     
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