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Roller Coaster Ride

September 29, 2014 • Culture & Community, Entertainment, Guys n Geeks, News, Second Life, Sports

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Summary:

Have you ever tried a Roller Coaster in Second Life? If not, now’s the time!

We are reliably informed that London has the biggest and best Roller Coaster in all of Second Life.

So come along and try it now.

See if you agree with us!

London Coaster

Put yourself into mouselock and you will have a true roller-coaster experience. Wear an Oculus Rift headset and you may just throw up as well!

Roller Coaster

London Roller Coaster

The Hyde Park roller coaster is physical and gives you a unique experience.

It relies on the gravitational forces, or G-Force, of Second Life to achieve the incredible ride you get. It’s known to make people scream out, even though they’re sitting in their chair at home in reality.

‘Stealth’ – The Tallest Coaster in Britain

Like the famous Stealth Roller Coaster in Thorpe Park, the ‘London Coaster’ is a big ride. The Colossus roller coaster in Thorpe Park, England, has 10 inversions. More than any other in the world.

Roller Coaster at Thorpe Park

Stealth Roller Coaster at Thorpe Park

Stealth reaches a maximum height of 62.5 m (205 ft) and Second Life London’s starts at  similar height. Both give you the ride of a lifetime. Steath is reputed to be the best coaster in all of the UK, as is London’s in Second Life.

Facts about Stealth: Stealth has 1,200 riders per hour, takes 27 seconds and cost £12 million

‘Mumbo Jumbo’ – The Steepest Coaster in Britain

The steepest roller coaster in Britain is at Flamingoland, where the Mumbo Jumbo coaster  ranks #5 in the world, with an angle of 112 degrees.

 

Roller Coaster at Flamingoland

Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingoland

Compared to the London Coaster, it’s tiny, at just 30 m high but packs a punch in it’s rapid drop.

 ‘Wilde Maus XXL’ – London’s 2014 Winter Wonderland

London always has a Roller Coaster in the park in winter. It’s one of the main features of the Winter Wonderland experience that is held each December. This year there will be three roller coasters at Winter Wonderland including the exciting new Wilde Maus XXL.

Roller Coaster at Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster Psychology

  • As you wait for the ride to begin you feel the “fight or flight response.” Your mind is thinking of the danger it that may be coming and your options for dealing with that danger. This makes you feel excited, stressed, afraid, defensive, aggressive or a combination of these and other emotions. This psychological experience triggers a physical response, too. As you set off – you scream!

  • The “fight or flight response” has different biological responses. These differ from one person to the next. Your heart rate may change dramatically. You might sweat a bit more than usual, feel dizzy or disoriented. Your breathing rate can vary and your muscles might tense. You may even throw up. These changes may feel good, if you are a thrill-seeker. If you are not, they may be terrifying.

    Throwing up is caused by Motion Sickness. It’s more likely if you’re wearing goggles and can’t see the ground. Motion sickness is generally the reason you feel sick or vomit while riding a roller coaster. Motion sickness is thought to be caused when a person’s eyes and the balance centers in their ears disagree on what’s happening. This confuses the body and can result in dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Even more strange when you’re riding a virtual coaster. Especially as there’s no chance of danger at all.

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