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The third Coca-Cola-themed expansion pack for Wipeout Pure is available as of today. To download, find a wireless hotspot and connect via the game's Online feature. The password for this one is square-X-circle-triangle.

The pack contains another Coke skin and, more promisingly, an extra circuit to race. Although, having just raced it for the first time, it seems awfully similar to one of the earlier circuits, just with Coke billboards plastered all over it... I'll check and get back to you.

While I'm here, a progress report for you: the Gold Medal count now stands at... 169. I thought I was doing quite well, until I sat down and counted how many were remaining... seventy-odd. Sheesh. That's the "problem" with these expansion packs... the game just keeps on growing. Better crack on, then...

Update: Yes, as suspected, the Coke circuit is identical to Iridia, the first Delta Pack circuit, right down to the placement of the speed boost and weapons pads. The only differences are the numerous Coke billboards and the predominantly red colour scheme. The game counts it as a separate track, with its own quota of race and time trial medals to be won, but it would have been nice to have a completely new circuit to play with. Thus, I would have to rate this expansion pack as "of interest to completists only".

And anyway, teaming up with Coke, of all things... the very epitome of bland, mainstream corporate branding. It's hardly edgy. Seems like a step back from the days of Wipeout 2097/XL and their Red Bull obsession.

Posted by chris at September 22, 2005 11:16 PM | Permalink


Love is two people sipping Coca Cola from the same straw on a warm sunny day.

Posted by: Lamar Cole at October 9, 2005 07:10 AM

Wow - my first spam comment. It's been a whole week. What took them so long?

More of the same: Soft-drink Giant Benefits from Contributions to the Bush Administration

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in a report published in January 2004, “sugared soft drink consumption has been associated with increased risk of overweight and obesity, currently the most common medical condition of childhood.” Currently soft drinks and fruit drinks are sold in vending machines, in school stores, at school sporting events, and at school fund drives. "Exclusive pouring rights" contracts, in which the school agrees to promote one brand exclusively in exchange for money, are being signed in an increasing number of school districts across the country, often with bonus incentives tied to sales...

In 1997, for example, the Colorado Springs school district signed with Coca-Cola, giving each of their schools from $3,000 to $25,000 per year, the contract required at least 70,000 cases of soda to be sold per year... After the first year, when only 21,000 cases had been sold, the district began an intensive marketing campaign, including encouraging principals to allow students to drink soda in classrooms. No contradiction can be found to encourage children to familiarize themselves with the new Food Pyramid while being offered a Coke to quench their thirst right after PE class period.

Actually, love is two people taking turns to hold a spammer's arm in place while the other slams a car door shut on their hand.

Posted by: chris at October 9, 2005 01:24 PM

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