An interesting article on how augmented reality (AR) and “digital immersion” is changing the world of theme parks.
Which tripped a few switches in my skull.
- Movies based on video games pretty much suck, because there is really no way to replicate the non-linear environment of a video game.
- Entertainment companies are sitting on a metric buttload of intellectual property related to video games, and all they can do with it is make more video games.
- The closer an experience is to the real thing, the more fun it is. This is why driving fast on the Nurburgring is more fun than driving fast on Main Street.
So why not take augmented reality, mix in a few pistols, and build a gun-based theme park based on, say, Resident Evil? You’d use augmented reality built into your eye protection to turn that paper target into a zombie, and then scores and times would be tracked and compared. It would be, in essence, an escape room where you’d need to fight your way out.
As anyone at Battlefield Vegas or Lock and Load Miami will tell you, gun tourism is a real thing. Why not combine gun tourism with theme park tourism and take it to the next level?