OK, this sounds totally awesome: A totally immersive and interactive gaming experience is coming to the American Dream mall in East Rutherford. It’s called BLAST 7D and here’s the way it’s described in a release:

Designed as “the world’s first fully interactive, fully immersive 7D ride,” BLAST 7D is a one-of-a-kind attraction that combines a hyper-realistic and immersive video game experience with the thrill and sensation of a roller coaster and the nonstop excitement of multi-player competitive play.

Offering five unique ride experiences, BLAST 7D takes the three dimensions of real life and adds four more: acceleration, motion, wind, and competitive play.

These enhancements push riders into a deeper, more exciting place than they have ever gone before. Players get the thrill of flying, diving, jumping, and falling— with up to 2G of force— all while blasting evil robot cowboys, zombies, and many other villains through different worlds, and competing for the highest score with up to twelve players.

“American Dream offers exhilarating, unique experiences to our guests that they won’t find anywhere else in the world,” said Bryan Gaus, SVP General Manager of American Dream. “BLAST 7D is a stellar example of that. It’s a thrilling new form of gameplay. We’re so impressed with the visionary creative work of BLAST 7D’s creators. They are truly at the cutting edge of multi-sensory interactive action and adventure.”

“We couldn't be more excited about opening BLAST 7D at American Dream,” said Vito Zarrillo, creator of BLAST 7D. “This first-of-its-kind immersive concept is designed to thrill and excite those ages 4to 104. BLAST 7D is truly for everyone. As I like to say, we are in the business of fun!”

BLAST 7D is open for general admission and private events seven days a week. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit americandream.com or blast7d.com.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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Every NJ pizza joint Barstool's Dave Portnoy has reviewed

Dave Portnoy, commonly known as El Presidente, is the founder of Barstool Sports. Somewhere along the way, he decided to start reviewing local pizzerias, and the concept took off. Here is every New Jersey pizzeria Dave has stopped in, along with the score he gave them.

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