A new type of first-person game?

IBM has built a virtual replica of China’s Forbidden City in collaboration with the palace museum. The budget for the whole venture is said to have been around 2 million dollars. They named it “The Forbidden City: Beyond Space and Time,” and it’s built using a service-oriented architecture, according to IBM’s director of citizenship and technology, John Tolva. It’s free to download and use and gives you a chance to walk around in the Forbidden City as if you were really there. You can even see other users roaming the premises and interact with them. Really amazing – especially because of the unusual SOA approach.

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