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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:34 pm

Here's the portal at night that I filmed last week. So much more effective at night!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v1flsidpqY
 
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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:47 pm

I've slightly revised my initial opinion, as although I still enjoy it as Galactica, I tried it without the VR twice over the weekend and I was surprised at how much I missed actually seeing the scenery around me. It was nice to be able to experience the ride just as a rollercoaster again and it made a big difference, especially the close to the ground sections of the ride which are some of my favourite elements on a coaster :)
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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:16 pm

stevebrown wrote:
Here's the portal at night that I filmed last week. So much more effective at night!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v1flsidpqY

To say that was impressive would be an understatement. Some seriously good work from Merlin there.
 
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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:38 pm

Has anyone noticed the posters in the exit to the ride in the stairs? I don't know if this ha been mentioned before but it's showing new destinations for the ride. Can't remember if it's been said before
 
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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:48 pm

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Has anyone noticed the posters in the exit to the ride in the stairs? I don't know if this ha been mentioned before but it's showing new destinations for the ride. Can't remember if it's been said before


I'm afraid those posters are merely theming elements and don't indicate that any new videos are coming to the attraction for definite. The VR videos are quite expensive to produce with each film costing £100, 000. Of course that doesn't mean the Resort will never produce a new video, and I personally would like to see a new destination as having two options would give the VR element a little more variation, I just don't think we can read too much into the posters.
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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:08 pm

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Has anyone noticed the posters in the exit to the ride in the stairs? I don't know if this ha been mentioned before but it's showing new destinations for the ride. Can't remember if it's been said before

The posters have always been there! I hope they do create new destinations, lots more re-ride ability!
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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:08 am

Adam.W wrote:
stevebrown wrote:
Here's the portal at night that I filmed last week. So much more effective at night!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v1flsidpqY

To say that was impressive would be an understatement. Some seriously good work from Merlin there.

I know, it's such a shame that for 95% of the season it's only seen in daylight.

Maybe they should enclose that area of the track and viewing area so it's completely dark! They could add lights in the roof to create the effect of stars lol :P :D
 
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Re: Galactica - 2016 Air Re-theme

Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:51 am

It's a lovely piece of theming. The mist is great - just hope they can keep it limescale-free in the future.
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Re: Galactica

Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:07 pm

Martin Cooper has uploaded a 25min recording of the Galactica soundtrack - be sure to give it a listen. My favourite part is from 21:50 to 24:10 as it fits the scene just perfectly in the evenings with an orange sky and equally as good at night! :)
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Re: Galactica

Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:24 am

I don't know which of the galactica topics this best fit but anyway,
I've been thinking about how the VR experience could be changed to extend the life of the ride or for different events in the park, so at scarefest for example you could have a version were you're flying around the nemesis monster. Thoughts on this?
 
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Re: Galactica

Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:50 am

I highly doubt that they will change the VR video for only a few weeks a year, the closest thing they may do is add different 'planets' to explore.

As for extending the life, I think it would be wise to consider the Oculus Santa Cruz in the future. Its basically a cross between an Oculus Rift and Gear VR (which is currently in place), the headset is more powerful, uses internal cameras to judge its position instead of external sensors and apparently has a higher resolution and better stability than a Gear VR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIUYDUlGJzM
Heres a quick video showing it off.
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Re: Galactica

Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:03 am

I highly doubt it too just bringing up an idea and looks good
 
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Re: Galactica

Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:21 pm

I found this on the Galactica website:

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https://www.galacticatours.com/our-destinations

Which, when I asked if this was new, prompted an interesting response from Towers on Twitter:

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So, is more coming to Galactica? Maybe more VR sequences created before they realised Galactica wasn't much of a commercial success? Or, is it something like extra theming? Or nothing? I don't really know, I'd like to hear what everyone thinks.
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Re: Galactica

Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:07 pm

The 'More Destinations Coming Soon' image on the website isn't new, however Towers' response is intriguing nonetheless.
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Re: Galactica

Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:40 pm

New teaser with a smiler S. New vr experience for galactica with a smiler theme?
 
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Re: Galactica

Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:47 pm

jdoughtyqpr wrote:
New teaser with a smiler S. New vr experience for galactica with a smiler theme?


Possibly. This is being debated over on the General Discussions.
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Re: Galactica

Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:23 pm

This article from the Stoke Sentinel confirms that there will be "new headsets on the Galactica rollercoaster" for the 2017 season.
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Re: Galactica

Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:56 pm

I hope they wait a month and use the new S8 phones and new GearVR headsets.

That being said the rumoured hearty cost increase may mean they steer clear, although fingers crossed they don't!
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Re: Galactica

Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:26 pm

I think that's fairly unlikely Owen. From what I understand, Alton Towers wants to have the VR operating as much as possible so they'd avoid complaints from guests who wish to experience the VR but can't for whatever reason (e.g multiple headsets being down). Although better phones and headsets would be nice, I don't think Towers will be making any changes this late on (or they'd at least try to get some more value out of the current headsets).

New headsets would also explain the lack of VR on Galactica on Services Days and the various events hosted before opening day.
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Re: Galactica

Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:31 pm

What I mean is I hope that they change new headsets next month as opposed to the start of season (what I mean by hold off). It's unlikely yes, but it would certainly be a welcome change!
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