Video Game Theme Park?Idea for a theme park based on video games. Any suggestions for your own will be thankful.
From Andy MilioWhat would you like to see at a video game theme park? Here's what I have: Halo: Covenant Onslaught (MIB type ride), Star Fox: The Ride (roller coaster), Buzz! Quiz Show (...quiz show, like Jeopardy), Goldeneye 007 Laser Tag (laser tag with 007 levels), Assassin's Creed Stunt Show (Indy type show), Soarin over Isle Delfino (Soarin featuring Isle Delfino from Mario Sunshine), Ratchet and Clank: The Ride (dark ride), Guitar Hero: Live (live show where contestants have a battle of the bands), Need for Speed: In Hot Pursuit (Test Track type ride), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (log flume/dark ride), Super Mario Adventure (3D dark ride), Kingdom Hearts: The Swarm of Heartless (similar to the Simpsons Ride), Sonic vs. Eggman (dueling coasters), Luigi's MAnsion: The Ride (Haunted Mansion type ride), Left 4 Dead (similar to laser tag, but uses robots), Army of Two: The Ride (MIB type ride), Red Dead Redemption Stunt Spectacular (Western stunt show), God of War: Hydra Battle (3D show), and finally Kid Icarus: The Ride (lay down coaster). Whew. Well, what do you guys think?
Posted September 7, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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From Marcus GuimaraesStar Fox would work better as a simulator, I think.
Posted September 7, 2010 at 5:55 PM
Also, don't forget to cover PC games- Starcraft could have Starcraft: Heart of the Swarm, a simulator, or Wings of Liberty, a roller coaster. A Half-Life/Portal attraction would be good too, maybe a dramatic presentation for Half-Life and a comedy show for Portal-or heck, maybe even something like ExtraTERRORestrial, possibly recreating how GLaDOS killed the Aperture staff (which would be the guests).
Other than that though, pretty good start.
From Joe BrownI'd have some sort of fantasy/adventure land based on the Ultima series
Posted September 7, 2010 at 9:02 PM
From Joshua CounsilWe've had this talk many times before. The problem? Securing the rights. Good luck trying to get Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to contribute together.
Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:41 PM
I think Nintendo could build an incredible park. However, it's not really a viable option in the long-run. The interactive technology updates so quickly that the park would become obsolete within a matter of years unless they put the same care into their attractions that they put into their games. Old NES games like Duck Hunt and Super Mario are still wildly popular. My housemates and I regularly play our N64. If they could develop attractions with that kind of re-playability, then they'd have a reputable park.
From Andy MilioI know the park will never happen because of the Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo problem. I was just doing this for fun :P
Posted September 8, 2010 at 1:00 PM
From Nick Markham^I am sure there could be a possability of a Nintendo Theme Park or some attractions based off of games placed in certain parks already existing.
Posted September 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM
I could see Disney using Prince of Persia, Universal using Bioshock, and Cedar Fair already kind of has something ( a show) to do with the awesome "Rock Band".
From Andy MilioMarcus,
Posted September 8, 2010 at 3:31 PM
I will probably change Star Fox into a simulator. I also liked the Portal show (the extraTERRORestrial thing). Do you mind if I use that?
From Roger SageThe only video game theme park I could see would have to be a Nintendo one. They are the only company with a fair amount of characters and franchises that are still hugely popular (eg. Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon). If they did a park with the "lands" that are from these games, I think it would certainly garner alot of attention. The other compainies in the gaming industry don't have as many family friendly characters, so I doubt that they could ever pull off a park. Halo is an expetion though (who knows, maybe when the marvel superhero island contract is up at IOA they could Halo-ize it). As well, the Star Fox ride would have to be a simulator of some sort, maybe one that could actually allow the riders to shoot enemies. As well, it could have an over the shoulder seat bar so the simulator could do barrel rolls and more daring manuvers (to make it more like the game).
Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM
From Jorge Arnoldson@ Roger Sage
Posted September 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM
Halo is a bad idea for a retheming of Marvel Superhero Island. According to the ESRB, all of the games in the series are rated M, all because of violence, gore, and even bad language in some of them. Not a great franchise for the youngsters, huh?
From Rob FaulkRoger, I agree with you on the Nintendo theme park. I remember when I was about 6 years old or so I went to some sort of tech exhibit in Japan where they had mirror mazes and video game stuff. Who's their mascot? Super Mario. That was in the early 1980s too. But I doubt that video game theme parks can stand alone. maybe something like the Harry Potter park in Islands. Or perhaps separately ticketed next to a disney park like Nintendo Land across the Magic Kingdom?
Posted September 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM
Also I think few videogame characters can stand the test of time. If any of them do, its from Nintendo. Not master chief from Halo or Kratos from God of War
From Roger SageFor the halo type ride, I know the game is rated M, but the ride wouldn't have to be rated M, it would definetley be toned down to allow as most guests as possible to enjoy (an M rated theme park ride would never go over well). Its just an alien invasion in the grand scheme of things and would make for a good possible ride premise, that's all. It could be like the MIB ride for example, where you are new recruits blasting at away at aliens. Though MIB has already been done, so I was thinking fast paced jeep vehcilces, like the ones used in Indy and Dinosaur, combined with a shoot em up ride (it could slow down in certain ride sections to allow riders to actually be able to blast aliens).
Posted September 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM
From TROY DAVIDSONDon't forget "Resident Evil" aka Haunted Mansion!
Posted September 15, 2010 at 9:41 AM
From Marcus Guimaraes@Andy, yeah man, go ahead. Just make sure to have some snarky vision of Hell or something after the guests "die." Then it would be complete.
Posted September 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM
From Formula 40A Call of Duty theme park. Lol each area could be themed after different mission/maps from the games. The lands could be themed to the Russian/Pacific levels from World at War, and there could be Modern Warfare themed lands.
Posted September 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM
From Andy MilioOk I finished up the theme park section. Now I'm adding a small water park, which is much harder. So far I have LittleBigWaterPlanet (play area based on LittleBigPlanet) and Bioshock: Journey to Rapture ( a largely themed tube slide that is also very long and features anamatronics and water walls with projections on them). I would like at least a double slide (like one beside the other, maybe one open and one closed in) and speed slides. Any suggestions?
Posted September 22, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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