Wait... was this an article from The Onion? Are you serious?! You gotta be frickin' kidding me! THAT was worth $100,000? That wasn't worth a dollar. I mean, I wasn't expecting brilliance, but good grief that is down right pathetic!
From the article: "It's an outstanding design. I think this young man may one day be a future roller coaster designer," said Andy Jacobs of the Hershey Company.
To say that was awful doesn't really give it justice. Ok, when your ride starts 75 feet off the ground, goes around a corner, up a small a lift, down 80 feet, then directly onto another lift, well, that just is stupid. I think they padded this a bit, as it seems they wanted a kid who can use the money for future education, instead of some guy who is still paying that education off. Sorry Gonchar. ;) *** Edited 5/28/2006 4:47:29 AM UTC by The Mole***
The kid has a great imagination, but the judges should have looked for more than just...well...whatever it was that made them think this was the winning design. When I entered the contest, I thought they were looking for something that could be built in a real park or something. This design had little to no theme, unrealistic features (such as the 100 ft high station) and didn't use any of the scenery features RCT 3 offered. Did the station even have an entrance and exit? Original? Sure, it was, but not $100,000 original. My 5 year old cousin designs stuff like that every day. Maybe someone should give him 100 grand.
Well, keep in mind, Lee Grant, that you were given the demo to work with which gave you a limit on money, and only one coaster design with no scenery to work with, so you can't discredit the winning design with that.
But, with that said... I think the design was extremely pathetic on any level. You'd think they were looking for something that fits in a tight spot with wicked curves, a high level of excitement, low nausea, and a realistic output. Nothing on there seemed realistic at all. I think he should have won the "participant" award like Lisa Simpson wins, but definately not one of the top 1499.
Then again, if that is your top winner... you got to wonder what the other entries were like!