Was it me or did that track look like B&M? And they said forward & back? A shuttle? With a "maglev" propulsion (guessing they mean LIM) system... Wow could be a pretty wild ride and possibly a bunch of firsts for B&M if it really is by them.
It's a Premier. Most (if not all) of the on-ride footage was from Incredible Hulk. I doubt they've filmed any footage of the ride yet, especially since it's not finished :) *** Edited 2/26/2004 5:25:18 AM UTC by rOLLocOASt***
Wow that kind of looks like hulk :)! The only real track I saw was when it was inside the building, everything else was Hulk. I can't wait to ride this thing, but it looks like it has a long way to go. I am glad Premier is making a comeback, there rides are so fun.
Man that irritates me when they use a totally different coaster to advertise a new one. And I knew it wasn't actual footage, but some of the animations (badnitrus, cough cough) are so very realistic. I guess I should've guessed about the Hulk thing when it looked like there was an inversion at the top of the lift.
I've been in VR research for 3 years now, and I must say that seing a large scale Augmented Reality system like this open to the public in such a setting is quite impressive. I hope they won't experience excessive down times due to technology breakdowns. (e.g. the 3-D glasses, if they use active-stereo projection).
VR and AR is such a powerful instrument for creative work - somehow though, I wonder who really wants to see these deformed dead bodies reanimated in all these ugly shades of yellow and grey that were already in the "Mummy" movies.
I sometimes can't help thinking that the culture underlying this kind of ride has a serious problem with its maleness. "We don't want no cheesy whimpy ride - we want the real violent adult male stuff!" It's like this whole "Halloween" thing - "can you stand the horror"? - "Do you really dare to go in there?" "haaa... you're a whimp!" Isn't that a pretty negative way to define adultness? And it's also interesting to see how the "Mummy", originally a way to bury people who also have an aspect of human dignity, now becomes just this anonymous material of malign humanoid figures to smack around and smash at will. In many ways, Egyptian culture was more civilised than what we experience today. It's really kind of alienating to me. OK, enough ranting, just my opinion. I know ideas of "fun" differ. - And after all, I do adore the AR infrastructure they seem to have going for them there!
*** Edited 2/26/2004 6:03:00 PM UTC by superman***
Vater- Heres an idea, don't use live footage! Like I said, some of the animations nowadays are unbelievably(sp?) life like. I remember when I was in SoCal last spring when they were testing Scream! at SFMM. The commercials airing on TV featured Medusa from SFGAdv, which is yellow and purple. I knew what was up, and granted they are mirror clones, but when we went to SFMM there was a girl actually all excited because she thought they were opening 2 new coasters; the purple & yellow "Scream" she saw on TV, and this blue & orange monster she saw from the parking lot.
rOLLocOASt said: It's a Premier. Most (if not all) of the on-ride footage was from Incredible Hulk. I doubt they've filmed any footage of the ride yet, especially since it's not finished *** Edited 2/26/2004 5:25:18 AM UTC by rOLLocOASt***
the ride is finished, as I spoke with universal executives today, they are going on it tonight (head upper division people that I spoke to at my career fair.)