How RollerCoaster Tycoon’s Shuttle Loop encouraged murder (lol)

By Alex Alusheff

I remember three things about playing RollerCoaster Tycoon as a kid: Leafy Lake, the carousel music and sending people to their deaths on the Shuttle Loop. 

Come on, we’ve all done it. Just shorten the track, add some boosters and watch the show unfold. 

I played RollerCoaster Tycoon a lot as a kid when it released in 1999. Who didn’t play this game back then? Aside from Legos, it was the closest thing to Minecraft for 90s kids. 

I was 7 years old at the time and still very innocent. My mind didn’t automatically go into slaughter mode. RollerCoaster Tycoon presents you with the opportunity. But after a few hours, the game basically forces you to commit premeditated murder.

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