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Tourism v2.0

My survey of the top ten ‘Virtual Tourist Destinations’. All ten are free and work on Windows:

1. Whitehart Island, Washington State hunting wilderness. (3D open world, game-engine)…

2. The Painted Caves of Lascaux. (Psuedo-3D Flash tour)…

3. Bejing’s Virtual Forbidden City, a faithful recreation of the city in the Qing dynasty era. (3D world, game-engine)…

4. Disney World (Florida). (Google Earth 3D)…

5. Ancient Rome, exactly as it was laid out in the year 320 A.D. (Google Earth 3D)…

6. A tour of Rick’s Potting Shed. Ok it’s not exactly Buckingham Palace, but it’s cool. (Microsoft Photosynth)…

7. Pattaya, Thailand — condom-buying capital of the world…

8. A tour of your friends’ front yards. (Google Street View)…

9. The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben (Quicktime + HTML)…

10. Arden, two well-funded but flawed academic attempts to authentically recreate the world of Shakespeare’s England using a game-engine. Both are free, but are conversions (“mods”) for the commercial game Neverwinter Nights (about £2 inc. postage from Amazon UK).

Interesting but so-far untested: Free-roaming in Fuel (2009). (Review)

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One comment on “Tourism v2.0

  1. […] stereo 3D is a few years away (2013?), literally likely to add another dimension to such ‘virtual tourism‘. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Endless OceanEndless BoredomEndless Ocean […]

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