This was a project I worked on in 2005...
Welcome to Virtual Marathon. This is the ultimate running game and the first game in the world to offer players the experience of running without moving! The course of this marathon takes you around the world through several servers hosted physically around the world.
The Internet is often considered a "flat and smooth" network, in which all information is unaffected by territorial borders or other physical limitations. By being part of a Marathon, the participants will notice that their "running" speed changes with the different locations. This is where physical limitations come into play. Limitations like server speed, location of the server, geographical position of the runners, all those factors become relevant by participating in the Marathon. The players/virtual runners are in the same race but under different circumstances. The difference physical factors can make in experiencing online activities, even in winning or losing, are quite astonishing. Virtual Marathon Team has developed an entertaining method of visualizing these differences.
Virtual Marathon allows the participants to experience the Internet in a totally different way and hopefully provide them with a whole new perspective on the Internet. It tries to clarify the relationship between what goes on online, and factors of the "real world" that could influence the online-experience.
The Virtual Marathon project is currently inactive.
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