Posted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 7:54 AM | Contributed by Paul Drabek
Go karts, mini golf, water parks and coasters! Bond and Paul from Negative-G go to Wisconsin to take in everything that the Wisconsin Dells has to offer the coaster enthusiast at large, visiting Mount Olympus and Timber Falls. Roller coasters include Hades, Zeus, Pegasus, Cyclops and Hellcat.
See the photos from Negative-G.
Thats not arrogance at all. Its the simple fact that most people dont travel outside a certain radius to go to theme parks with the exception of anything called Disney. They dont know good parks because theyve never experienced them. Anyone who has gone to a relatively good park instantly recognizes how sub par parks like Mt. Olympus are.
"Good" is relative. You don't get to decide what it is for anyone else. Statements like yours are the reason enthusiasts are often branded in a negative light.
You know, I'm even getting tired of the term "GP". It smacks of a ridiculous arrogance that isn't deserved in a hobby as silly as ours.
In fact, I think I'll henceforth ban it from my vocabulary.
Agreed. I've avoided using the term for years. It exudes arrogance and elitism. Enthusiasts are part of the so-called 'GP'.
And somewhat back on topic:
I remember seeing a long time ago that Hades was considered an amazing coaster. Pictures I saw of the rides and the park were all pictures of a clean, well maintained park. What happened? Was there a change in ownership?
Then you guys are using it wrong.
'GP' should be used to put enthusiasts in their place, not as a term of superiority.
I use 'GP' to signify exactly the opposite of how you're thinking - that the enthusiast opinion is usually completely out of touch and exists in a bubble.
No one really cares what enthusiasts think outside of the enthusiast community. We don't pay the bills. Hell, we mostly cause grief. At best the parks can use us as bodies for video and photo shoot or cite our silly polls for advertising purposes and bragging rights. They don't need us. They use us and toss some ERT our way every once in a while...and I barely understand why they do that.
'GP' isn't a bad thing. If enthusiasts thought more like the GP, there'd be less urge to punch them. Punch them in their little ugly troll faces.
I think we need to use 'GP' more. Just be sure you're using it correctly. These are the folks that drive the industry, that pay for the coasters, that matter in any sense at all to the businesses behind the parks.
I don't think the comment was arrogant at all. It was just completely indicitive of how out of touch, self-important and ass backwards the worst of the community can be.
And I say that as someone who thinks Mt. Olympus does kind of suck.
People with more experience make reccomendations in every walk of life and especially when it comes to vacations. It happens in every field such as food, movies, tourist attraction, etc. Im not going to pretend that I have the ultimate authority on what is good and not good but I am also not going to pretend that my opinion of a park is completely unworthy of being spoken either. Should "enthusiasts" walk around a park like they own it demanding special privilages? Obviously not. However, if someone were to ask me my opinion I am going to give my honest feelings about the park.
The problem is that a term like 'GP' is too easy to use in a derogatory sense. Even if you don't, others in the conversation may be doing so, and assume you are also.
You are a GP to some people if you are not in the Oingo Boingo fan club.
You're ALL "GP" to us. Some of you are just more annoying.
I celebrate Oingo Boingos entire catalog and indeed I am a card carrying member!
I was just thinking of them Saturday while watching Dead Man's Party at GAdv...
The timelessness of their music amazes me. Oingo Biongo's music doesn't feel outdated to me like most other bands from that era. In other words, it's still cool.
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