Announcement preferance

Monday, December 9, 2002 8:50 AM

Was wondering what type of announcement most enthusiasts preferred, the no news guess and watch it grow as in CP#16, or the here's the concept art now see it become real as in Xcelerator?

Which one do you like and why?

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Monday, December 9, 2002 8:56 AM
I like it when everyone knows from the get-go, because I hate all this stupid speculating. Will it have inversions? How tall will it be? How fast will it be? Will it break records? All these discussions are pretty pointless, yet there have been too many such discussions to count about CP's ride so far...

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Monday, December 9, 2002 9:04 AM

Den - either way you're gonna have pointless discussions.

Moosh

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Monday, December 9, 2002 9:23 AM
'Moosh....so what's your po!nt....;). Personally, I like all the *speculating*, there's nothing like getting to play park GM. Sure, it's fun enough I guess in RCT, but it's a LOT more fun for me when we're talking about real parks and real money...
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Monday, December 9, 2002 9:31 AM

I think later announcements are better. If it's too early, the focus kind of changes from this season and enjoying rides that already exist, to continually looking to the future. Then, when one ride is announced, talk inevitably turns to the next coaster after the one that hasn't actually been built yet and it gets a little ridiculous.

So, imo, it would be better if announcements came at the earliest, say, from the beginning of november when a lot of parks have recently closed, but ideally should be made at the earliest january. That way there is less 'futurism' as i like to call it; less thinking about the future and more enjoying the now!

On another note, Tussauds seem to have completely changed their announcement policy in recent years. With Oblivion in 1998, they only oficially announced it about a week before opening in march! Anyway, of course, the hype and expectation that had built up (no pictures revealing the complete layout of the coaster had previously been available) couldn't possibly be met and it got bashed by some people.

Perhaps that experience was one factor in the apparent decision to announce and reveal all early, as in Air and NI. I was at Thorpe in April and they were already advertising 'come back next year for the world's greatest rollercoaster experience'. Too early for me, i didn't want to be thinking about next year's installations because then you get into the mindet of wishing that coaster was built now, and it fuels disatisfaction with the current selection of attractions.

The problem is of course that by not announcing the new coaster relatively early it creates overinflated expectation (to put it mildly) that can only really be met by something as amazing as Millenium Force or X, and there's no way, even the biggest parks, can put things as amazing as those in each time. So there are arguments both ways, but i still say announce later rather than earlier and leave it up to the enthusiasts tho control their expectations(!)

Wouldn't it be great if you could just for once go to a park at the beginning of a season knowing that a coaster had been put in but not knowing what type?

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Monday, December 9, 2002 9:32 AM
I like all the guessing, and I am sure it gives the designers some insight into what the public wants / craves / envisions. I sure hope Monty Jasper has been keeping a good diary to publish on CP site when they do announce it.

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Sunday, December 15, 2002 9:27 AM

Sometimes I wish I was still in my "pre-enthusiast" days when I would go to a park and learn of the new coaster when I got there. :)

Not having the internet back then also contributed to not knowing.

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Sunday, December 15, 2002 9:55 AM

Don't care either way as long as people continue to get photo coverage of the new installations. I enjoy seeing the coasters built. And love all the great photos that get posted around the net. To us enthusiats I guess it matters so we have things to discuss. But either way if they announce or not it is great that the parks even build new rides. New large coasters are large investment for parks. It is nice to have a little speculation about new coasters as long as they keep gettting built. Besides wouldn't it be cool if you actually went to a park without knowing all the specs or seen photos of all the rides. Just think riding a ride that you don't know anything about. That would be cool.

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Sunday, December 15, 2002 10:38 AM

I prefer the VP of the park to knock at my door and say, "Hello, Mr. Playa sir. Here are the specs of all the new rides we have planned for the next three years. Be sure to tell everyone on the Internet--and here's a lifetime pass to our park. Is there anything else I can do for you? Funnel cake? Bag of cotton candy?"

But since that's not gonna happen, I suppose I really could wait until they announce it to everybody and make wild, foolish guesses online like every other schlub. Ignorance can be fun.

- Da 'Playa

(or should I say Duhhhhh 'Playa?)

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Sunday, December 15, 2002 6:43 PM

Dont stop there Playa. Insist on a private entrance to the park with the red carpet treatment. Also a nifty little sticker plastered on your free lifetime pass for free games, food, and merchandise.

Gotta go the whole 9-yards with the benefits. :)

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Monday, December 16, 2002 11:35 AM

Free games? Screw that--I want a WIN every game card. I could hit the attendant with my baseball (accidentally, of course) and still get a big ol' teddy.

That would go great with my 'behind the snack bar' pass. Anybody else want fries? Hey, could you dip this in the oil for a minute too?

-'Playa

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