Interview with Iris
In this interview, Red Phoenix interviews
Iris, webmaster of New
Where did your first hear about Hasbro's Rollercoaster Tycoon? And
what did you think of it once you played it?
Iris: I first heard about it
from a couple friends of mine who just played it for fun, and it
was at a time when I was really gettin into roller coasters, so
I picked it up. I wasn't sure of what to think of it at first, but
after I started downloading Danimation Spotlights, I knew I'd be
hooked in for a long time.
What's your opinion of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2?
Iris: At first, I really disliked
the whole RCT2 thing. I disliked the differences the game brought,
and how different it was from the first game. Now though, those
are the same things that make me like it a lot more, and I'm really
looking forward to getting RCT2 full swing at NE.
What do you think of the plugins system (importing scenery) RollerCoaster
Iris: This is really the coolest
addition to the game in my opinion. Now, the game's possiblities
are literally endless. Completely new themes, etc. will keep the
game fresh for a very long time.
It looks like an RCT 2 expansion pack will be released in May 2003.
What would you like to see specifically in the game?
Iris: I'm actually a little
puzzled to why the expansion is coming so early, but you'll hear
no complaints from me. What I'd like to see: the old walls and textures
from Loopy Landscapes.
What sort of RCT/RCT 2 utility would you like to see developed that
isn't already available?
Iris: I'm not as up to date
on the new RCT2 utilities as some people, but I've always thought
that some sort of thing where you could "walk through the park"
would be really cool.
What do you think of the RCT community right now?
Iris: It's definitely in a high
swing right now. We were at a slightly lower pace then usual lately,
with the retiring of many RCT parkmakers, but lately a whole new
branch have stepped up to fill the gaps. Plus, there are so many
people that are getting good, and the best thing is, with RCT2,
you can get really good and still maintain a completely different
style from the next person. RCT2 is just what the community needed.
What would you ask Chris Sawyer if you had the opportunity?
Iris: I'd like to ask him if
he really is a part of the RCT community after all. I heard rumors
that he was a member at Danimation, but I'm wondering if there really
is truth behind it, and if he has been to New Element.
What's your favorite real coaster recreation that was made by someone
in the community?
Iris: I'd have to say NeViS'
recreation of Kraken for Loopy Landscapes was my favorite ever.
It was just perfect in my opinion, and it even came with a Journey
to Atlantis rec as well. That was one of NE's original 'Weekly Designs'.
What's your favorite real park recreation that was made by someone
in the community?
Iris: IOAGuy's Islands of Adventure
recreation. There were several updates made to it, and each update
adds some small details that were missed. Those details are what
makes the rec so great. Lots of things I wouldn't expect in a recreation
For those who don't know you or your site, can you tell us a bit
about your site and what you do there?
Iris: Well, New Element was
my attempt at creating the "perfect RCT Community". When I made
it, I wasn't really aware of the whole community at RCT Station,
and D-Net was obviously drifting very far apart from the game, so
I decided that this would be my chance to really get a thriving
site going. It ended up getting a lot bigger then I would have expected.
What the site is about nowadays is bringing the absolute best quality
parks to the table. Our bi-weekly spotlight is my "pride and joy"
of New Element, and we also feature Parkmaker Pages to showcase
those who actually represent the site. Lots of other great RCT features
can be found throughout the site, most favorably to me, NE's Head2Head.
What plans do you have for your site?
Iris: Well, aside from bringing
RCT2 100% into the picture, I have been looking for sort of an "heir"
to New Element. I'm not really sure how long me (or Adix for that
matter) can continue being around the site so much, so we've been
looking around for people to actually control the site in the future.
We have a few people that we've definitely got our eyes on.
If you could be someone (alive or dead) for one day, who would it
be, and why?
tough question. Probably Bill Gates just so I could transfer all
of his money to my account. That'd be pretty cool.
You can find Iris at New Element -