Atlanta, GA – A new, online 3-D virtual reality experience goes online today that recreates China's Forbidden City.
Atlanta resident Rishi Patel headed a panel of IBM designers responsible for the project.
The website allows players to interact not only with the Forbidden City itself, but also with others playing the game.
Patel says in some ways, the Virtual Forbidden City offers a more authentic experience.
"Imagine if all the tourists aren't wearing shorts and T-shirts as usual, but instead are dressed in traditional, historically accurate garb, it kind of makes sense in the context of their surroundings," Patel said.
He says the goal of the project is to teach people about Chinese culture in a unique and exciting way.
The website (http://www.beyondspaceandtime.org) is free to all users.