Free Tibet

Ever wonder how to find Nirvana? Thanks to professional photographer and website producer Peter Danford, enlightenment is now just a click away at www.tibetgame.com and is, of course, free. But that doesn't mean it's going to be easy!

Begin your quest in Tibet's capital city, Lhasa, with 1,000 renminbi (Chinese dollars), three illegal photos of the Dalai Lama and no karma. As you explore Tibet via 24 interlinked panoramas, the karmometer keeps track of your progress. Danford created the fluid 360-degree panoramas using LivePicture's PhotoVista, "stitching" together eight photographs of each scene taken at 45-degree increments with a 16 mm fish-eye lens. The final touches came from IBM Hotmedia, which turns the views into interactive playgrounds. Clickable "hot spots" offer a variety of stunning audio and visual experiences depicting Tibetan history and culture. Danford also presents political issues facing Tibet, making the site a pointed as well as lively educational tool. Rhetoric is kept at a minimum, however--the viewpoints never overshadow the views.

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