While it sounds a bit like the setting of the old television series Fantasy Island, a website has popped up today that teases the eventual launch of an “experimental videogame theme park and resort.”
While we initially pictured a virtual-reality type of offering, the Game Nation website states that “In the next 12 months, Game Nation will be deciding the best location for the Experimental Theme Park.”
A description of the park entices, “As you pass through the gates, you leave behind all worldly stereotypes. You’re now one of millions, all equal, separated only by your skill, wit and achievements, which will be proven.”
Background art on the Game Nation website contains images of roller coasters and other rides, so the park, if ever realized, may contain typical theme park essentials in addition to an interactive element.
GP caught up with the man behind the planned theme park, Daniel Ruke, who operates Ruke Studios and is the founder of the “anti-agency” agency Blink.
While Ruke woudn't go into too many details, he assured us that Game Nation is “as real as real gets,” and that the theme park was a logical extension of the principal he applies to his other businesses, which is to “evoke an emotion and gain a reaction.”
While more news will emerge on Game Nation in the next four weeks, Ruke alluded to sections in the theme park based around warfare, spacecraft and dragons, complete with "battle arenas."
When asked how the park would regulate content for kids, Ruke told us that he hopes to implement the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) system. Experiences rated “E” for Everyone would be safe for the whole family, while in “M” (Mature) rated interactions, “You are gonna see headshots,” said Ruke.