Bobbejaanland invests €5m on a new “tunnel experience” for 2015

Bobbejaanland in Belgium announced that is its constructing a new immersive ride. The ride is slated to open in the Spring of 2015.

Roland Kleve, director of Bobbejaanland explained that the park has “… thought about what type of new ride it could develop for quite some time. The park’s research showed that visitors were not waiting for a new coaster this time. As a result we decided to look at a compSo wWe invested 5 million euros in the construction of an immersive tunnel on an area of 1,500 sqm. There we will create a whole new world…”

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Major game publishers express concern about VR’s motion sickness problem

For all the excitement in many portions of the gaming community over virtual reality technologies like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, major third-party gaming publishers have been slow to throw their weight behind the idea. In fact, at least two of those publishers are now publicly expressing worries about motion sickness and nausea getting in the way of the consumer adoption that virtual reality headsets are going to need to become a market force.

In an interview with Bloomberg this week, Take-Two President and CEO Strauss Zelnick said the industry is “not yet” ready for virtual reality. He said that’s partly because developers need to work out issues such as “how are you going to see your controller, how does the controller interact with this immersive space,” but it’s also because of comfort and motion sickness issues with current prototypes.

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Amusement parks challenged by home

Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun – real life fun.

A decade or two ago, folks went to theme parks big and small to experience the latest in entertainment and technology. Now, attractions need to come up with something better than the amazing quality of entertainment you can get on your computer or TV.

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Triotech Interactive Dark Ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef, Knott’s Berry Farm

TRIOTECH marked its 15th anniversary with the announcement of a new interactive dark ride attraction for 2015 that will be installed at Knott’s Berry Farm, in Buena Park, California.

Voyage to the Iron Reef, with the animation and gaming system designed and produced by Triotech, allows guests to experience a 3D adventure enhanced with 4D effects and interactivity.

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MediaMation, Inc. Unveils Two Next-Generation Products at IAAPA 2014

“Game-Changing” Virtual Reality 4D Interactive Prototype Utilizing Oculus Rift
Patent-Pending MX4D Seat Arm Rest Option for Enhanced Effects and Overall Cost Savings

Industry-leading interactive technology house MediaMation, Inc. (MMI) of Torrance, CA debuts two major innovations at IAAPA 2014 which have the potential to “shake up” the motion EFX theater industry and boost the bottom line for attractions across the globe. The first, a Virtual Reality 4D interactive prototype, is believed to be the first gaming system of its kind to integrate MediaMation’s 4D Motion EFX seats with the widely heralded Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Technology and an interactive gaming controller. The second innovation – a patent-pending arm rest option for MMI’s 4D Motion EFX seats – is designed to enhance the patron experience while resulting in an overall cost savings to operators for theater installation and maintenance.

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The Immersive Frontier: New Book Predicts Bright Future For Out-Of-Home Entertainment

While there is no shortage of books written about coin-op entertainment, precious few are written from a professional’s perspective. With the release of The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier (ISBN 9781472426956, Gower Publishing, 216pp.), authors Kevin Williams and Michael Mascioni admirably fill that void. Spoiler alert: the future looks impressively profitable, but very, very different.

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BREAKING IAAPA’14 NEWS – Dome Ride Theater experience with the Oculus Rift VR Kit

Intamin Amusement Rides will exhibit at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando 2014. At their booth #3824 visitors have the chance to explore the Dome Ride Theater experience by wearing the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality glasses. With this tool, visitors get a first virtual preview of the Dome Ride Theater attraction.

Attraktion! and Intamin Amusement Rides warmly invite all exhibition visitors to come over, try out the virtual experience and have a nice talk to one of our colleagues. If you would like to set up a meeting at the show, please get in touch with us by using our contact email button on the website’s right corner below.

Dome Ride Theater experience with the Oculus Rift VR Kit

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BREAKING IAAPA’14 NEWS – Have You Ever Walked Into an Augmented Reality Foto Booth?

The release of Kinect 2 three months ago gave Foto Master, a leading digital interactive entertainment technology manufacturer, the tools it needed to create an exciting new product.

Boaz Telem and Ron Malkin, the founders of Foto Master are the first to develop a product that uses the Kinect 2 technology called Augmented Reality Foto Booth – A photo booth that takes social mingling and party favors creation up a notch.

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BREAKING IAAPA’14 NEWS – Cruden to Unveil New Powerboat Simulator

Cruden, the professional motion simulation company, is to unveil its new fully integrated powerboat simulator at IAAPA this year. The Cruden Powerboat 5CTR is an interactive experience for up to five people – two “crew” at the front control the helm, throttle, trim and navigation whilst the remaining three participate in the action from the back seats. There is also an option to have two or more boats racing against each other.

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BREAKING IAAPA’14 NEWS – Triotech Trails New Experience

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