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PortugePunk avatar 12:44 AM on 02.16.2010
games as... rides?

So the UK has some awesome rides. They keep doing weird tie-ins with video games, though, that don't necessarily make sense. Example: Playstation The Ride


Source: JohnBurke on flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bispham2/3161964941/in/set-72157600089130352/]

No, yeah.. this thing was for real. A generic drop tower ride... called Playstation: The Ride. And at a well-known amusement park in the UK, too - Blackpool Pleasure Beach! It's since been re-named (thank GOD), but wtf?!

The US does it, too!
Example: Tomb Raider: The Ride(s)


Source: Coaster Radio
http://site.coasterradio.com/firefall.html


Yup. Also for real. They were at Paramount Parks, but have since been re-named. At least these kinda went with the theme of the games.

Anyway...

This year, one of the UK amusement parks (for some reason) decided to RENAME one of their coasters Sonic Spinball. I'm all for Sonic... and roller coasters... but is this silly? Maybe.

Also silly.. apparently they are now having a problem with a real life squirrel that lives somewhere in the park jumping onto the coaster because it likes to ride it.. especially while there are people on board. However, humans apparently don't like riding with squirrels. See this article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7238666/Squirrel-banned-from-riding-rollercoaster.html


Anybody else know of other video game rides that are just as ludicrous?!

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