Chinas Blizzardknockoff theme park opens

first_imgWorld Joyland, a Chinese theme park known in the West for rather shamelessly ripping off Blizzard properties, has opened to its first visitors, and some English speakers have written a detailed diary of their trip.Located in Jiangsu province, World Joyland claims to be the first game-themed park. With 600,000 square meters of territory to cover, early visitors reporting for English-language site Shanghaiist found plenty homage paid to Chinese clones of World of Warcraft and StarCraft.As it is a theme park, our reporter heroes focused on the ride experience and found ridiculous descriptions for each (in both Chinese and English) and a rating on the Splendor Index, Happiness Index or Thrill Index. A typical log ride was described as a “beast-bloody journey” as it took participants through an uphill tunnel filled with orcs before dropping them into inevitable wetness. Afterwards, other park patrons inserted coins into water gun machines to keep spraying riders.“Massive copyright infringement” abounds. The area themed on the WoW clone shows no distinction between Horde and Alliance as Tauren, Night Elves and humans are found mingling with one another, and with dragons and mermaids as well. Staff, on the other hand, wore “glorified Bam-Bam outfits.”For our experimental patrons, the WoW zone gave way to a StarCraft area by way of a change in color palette, as the Azeroth-esque reds and browns shifted to a more Protoss-ian blue and yellow.Joyland’s alleged dedication to games goes beyond the rides. The park was built for 200 million yuan (approximately $30 million) and includes “anime-and-game” expo pavilions and R&D facilities, a technology training center, and even an eSports Competition Center.The Shanghaiist reporters noted with some concern that after only being open for less than two months, handrails were already rusty and paint cracks were abundant.Read more at Shanghaiistlast_img read more