Video games are becoming an increasingly larger part of our lives. And I’m not referring to just the way they are made, but also to how many aspects of our lives they are taking over. Our social behaviors have started being modeled by video games for a long while, as have some of our habits and even the way we have fun.
According to a tweet from the Great America theme park in California, a Mass Effect park attraction is opening in May. Few details have been revealed about the up-coming attraction, but fans are already divided into two groups – those hoping it will reveal information about the upcoming “Mass Effect: Andromeda” and those certain the ride will be as disappointing as the Mass Effect 3 ending.
Of course, that last one is going to be very difficult to top. But I digress. The 18th of May is going to be the ride’s launch date, and it will come as a courtesy of the collaboration between the once most hated company in America (EA Games), the developers of the first game (Bioware), and Great America.
As expected, the ride will feature a great many attractions based on advanced technology, as Mass Effect New Earth, as the ride will be called, will feature the world’s biggest LED TV. It will also feature an interactive 3D presentation, 4D holographic effects, and even motion-based seating.
Live actors will also be present as tour guides for the entire experience, and they will instruct you on how to use the wide array of sensory-based gadgets. Other than the very powerful speakers in the seats meant to produce vibration, the ride will also be equipped with air gusts of different temperatures, water misters, and most importantly, full-body haptic feedback (that thing they do with controllers that vibrate, only for the whole body).
Of course, the visual and audio effects are priority, with the ride including an 80-channel atmospheric sound system, and as mentioned before, the largest LED screen in the world. But here is where the things might start going south, as riders will have to wear 3D glasses for the duration of the ride – a ride which will only last 4 minutes and a half.
This isn’t the first EA project to be converted into a theme park attraction, as the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare attraction is the world’s first intra-active 3D game experience. The attraction will feature active feedback and teams of players competing in a five minute-long garden arena battle.
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