Virtual Virtual Tourism

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Instead of touring physical landmarks on Earth, Synthravel organizes tours to online places – places in online games such as Everquest, World of Warcraft, Second Life etc – so you don’t have to have a game character to see what it’s like, and there’d actually be a tour guide bringing you around to the more interesting places (you can request).

Now is this surreal or what? Many years ago, some predicted that tourism would decrease as they are replaced by online tourism – we can see that that hasn’t happened. A virtual experience is no match for a physical one. But what about a virtual experience of a virtual world? Hmm. Subversion of the greatest order.

It seems that the concept was not as successful as hoped for as it appears the site is under extended maintenance.

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