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The curious tale of Kraken and its VR exploits

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by DelPiero, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. DelPiero

    DelPiero Well-Known Member

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    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/trav...al-reality-kraken-coaster-20160926-story.html

    I'm not a huge fan of Kraken, but knowing the earbashing you can get from some multiloopers, this is going to hurt.
    There's also many many stupid comments such as...
    "I'm not going to hide from the fact that yes, it's capital efficient, but that wasn't the driver."
    "Mills acknowledged that will slow down the loading process, although he didn't have details about how much. Kraken may run more vehicles to compensate for that, he said."
    "Virtual reality offers the smaller companies such as SeaWorld and Six Flags a way to compete"

    Another decent cred ruined, enjoy those queues Orlando.
     
  2. GuyWithAStick

    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Meh, I'm over this now.

    But if you really want to have a good public VR system, do what SFGAm does for ROTG now- turn VR off in the day, and only have the VR on during the actual 'Fright Fest' portion(usually 5 or 6-closing). If you don't want to wait all day, have intervals in which the VR is activated.
     
  3. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    This can f**k off.
     
  4. Pink Cadillac

    Pink Cadillac Active Member

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    Tragic. And to think this could find it's way in to the other Seaworld/Busch parks. The second half of that article is the pits, the most offensive thing being:
     
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    See, on its own merits, I kind of agree with that argument. Sometimes walking straight on to a ride doesn't give me much time to get excited. But as a justification for "oh no guys, see it's fine that you'll have to wait longer,"... no. What sort of wait times are typical for Sea World anyway?
     
  6. Pink Cadillac

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    It's the audacity, the absolute cheek. How dare they try and spin a positive from this, like we should grateful for them because their diabolical operations has "added anticipation".
     
  7. Hixee

    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    It's tragic to me that they're aware of the capacity issues, yet are still going to do it. Like... why would you do that?

    Not to mention VR is awful. :roll:
     
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    On the positive note, lets hope SeaWorld doesn't cheap out with the VR graphics like Six Flags did.
     
  9. Ian

    Ian From CoasterForce Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    Yay, more cartoons on rollercoasters!

    My thoughts and prayers are with Orlando residents right now.
     
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    Very disappointed about this, I'm heading to Florida for the first time next year and Kraken is/was one of the coasters I am most looking forward to getting on, really not interested in VR on any ride!
     
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    Just don't ride it with the VR then, it's not compulsory.
     
  12. Hyde

    Hyde I Lied About My Age! Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    I would not like them
    here or there.
    I would not like them
    anywhere.

    I do not like them,
    Sam-I-am.
    I do not like
    This VR spam.
     
  13. Lofty

    Lofty Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    I hate VR, I hate Kraken. Just bore off already.
     
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    Howie Active Member

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    Why is this stuff still happening?

    Are we not protesting loudly enough? Seriously, what can we, as enthusiasts, do to stem this tide of VR diarrhoea that is threatening to engulf us all?
    Emails? Petitions? Or do we simply not ride 'em? Boycott the bloody things? Please help.

    Ian, Jerry - you know people, right? Park managers, family owners, head honchos etc.? Tell 'em! Tell 'em we don't want this sh*t. Enough already!
     
  15. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    ^ People are telling them. I've read about various coaster goon Q+A sessions where park managers have asked how to improve VR and the response has been a resounding "get rid of it".

    It'll die a death soon enough. The GP are all very excited about it until they ride it and realise it's :emoji_zipper_mouth:, and that's if it f**king works. Staff hate it. HATE. IT.

    At the moment it's a case of bandwagon jumping. A relatively cheap "new" experience in which the cash outlay can be written off in a couple of years max.
     
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    The whole thing reminds me of 3D movies. Granted I don't keep up with films much these days, but there seemed to be a period a few years back where everything had to have a 3D release and included shoehorning it into every other old popular movie too. A few years later, we're all bored and sales are falling, so it's just used as an incidental extra option.

    Or maybe it's still all the rage and I haven't noticed.
     
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    Pokemaniac Mountain monkey Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    As long as it's cheap to provide, easy to market and doesn't get a broad, poor reputation, I don't see VR going away just yet.

    Now, the price of VR probably won't rise significantly. A VR package might cost a fair bit to develop, but hardly more than a decent indie video game on the software side, and perhaps the equivalent of a hundred smartphones on the hardware side. Easily a cheaper addition to a park than most filler flat rides, for instance.

    On the marketability side, the addition of VR is still a novelty. It can be sold as a unique experience, watching a movie complemented by the forces of the ride. It sounds better than it actually rides, but people need to pass the gates to actually experience it. And novelty sells really well, see for instance how Avatar became such a huge success despite being a really forgettable movie. Some VR bells and whistles can convey the idea of an entirely new, unique ride experience, on par with adding an entirely new attraction to the park (While costing a fraction of the price). VR sounds like such a good idea on paper that I can easily see it selling tickets.

    As for the reputation... that's the bit we can actually change. But for that to happen, VR needs to gain a reputation at all. Currently, it's at the level of "that ride somewhere in Texas", where people have a vague idea of what it is, it sounds sick on paper, but the details are too fuzzy for people to care. Once VR becomes a more ingrained idea, only then can its downsides be spread widely and parks stop bothering with it.
     
  18. Pink Cadillac

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    As well as VR, the entrance area is being spruced up. They've gone for more of a giant Octopus look:
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    What it looked like before:
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    Media day is Thursday (commercial filming on Monday) Got the invite but...eh, I gotta work Monday and leave Orlando Wednesday for my 2 weeks on vacation to KY, IN, OH.

    .
     
  20. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter

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    At least the octopus theming makes more sense than vaguely confused looking papier mache Kraken of old. After all the myths of the Kraken are thought to be from giant quid sightings.
     

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