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Version 1.0.1 for MAC OS X 10.3 or higher - 19/07/2007
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I was lucky enough to go to the Pyramids in Egypt and it was nothing like what I expected. I thought they'd be way out in the desert somewhere, but the city comes right up to them. There's even a Pizza Hut just across the road from the Sphinx. What stunned me most, which is totally stupid, but it was the amount of people that were there. It's insanely crowded for such an open space. But I'd waited my whole life to go see them, so I guess it makes sense that everyone else has too...
All the said, the experience is amazing. Egypt in general is a fantastic country to visit. Friendly people and mind blowing sights to see. I can't rave enough about it.
So anyway, I decided to make a bit of a virtual version of the pyramids for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. I'll say straight off that the layout is not totally accurate, but it just gives you some idea of what they're like. The pyramids them selves are to scale, but I'm not so sure about the Sphinx (it's smaller than you think!) or the placing of some things. The temples included here aren't all still standing either, or they've been buried over time. This is still pretty close tho, and the best part is that all the tourists, the roads, and the city have been removed. So you can just sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet as the camera cruises around the pyramids.
There's also camels randomly wandering around just to help give you a sense of scale. They're to scale with th pyramids and everything else too. So you can see just how big these things are.
I added in some atmosphere effects too to help show the size. So when you're viewing from the Great Pyramid the other pyramids in the distance are actually a bit hazy. I love the way it looks. The camera also rides the virtual camels occasionally, which I think is cool but not as cool as I expected.
I really didn't know how this was going to turn out or what it was going to do, but I love the result. It's just so peaceful and relaxing. I find myself watching it for hours on end just listening to the wind noise.
If you get the chance, go and see the real thing. It's worth the trip.
v1.0.1 - 19th July, 2007 - Bugfix
Some people reported problems with a weird flashing black screen stopping the saver from starting properly, this is now fixed!
v1.0 - 25th March, 2007 - Original Release
Experience a virtual visit to the Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt.
The Giza Plateau is recreated, including all the pyramids, the Sphinx and more.
Camels roam around, and the camera even rides one for a virtual tour of the pyramids.
Random camera movement means you always get a different display of the 3D plateau.
Brought to you thru the endless magic of OpenGL!