Whilst there are several other virtual art galleries, many lack the ability for the user to walk around at their own pace, mostly displaying a picture taken from within the gallery and giving the user arrows to allow them to see the next picture. Art galleries that did allow the user to walk around looked very bland, most of them having four, grey walls that display one or two pictures each. From this we believe that we can give users and interesting and memorable experience by allowing them to walk inside of an environment that is completely unlike anything that is already on the market.
The Courtauld Gallery:
This is an example of a virtual art gallery that the user cannot move around in. This art gallery is comprised of pictures of the real-world museum, edited together whilst allowing the user to pan the camera from a fixed point in several directions. The advantage of a virtual art gallery such as this one would be that it is an exact representation of the real-world gallery. The only major disadvantage to this kind of art gallery would be that it lacks user interaction, the user can’t walk around the gallery like we hope to achieve and the only interaction is the arrows to pan the camera.
3D City World
Unlike the Courtauld Gallery, the galleries made my 3D City World are much more interactive. In these galleries, the user can walk around at their own pace, using the WSAD keys in order to explore the gallery at their leisure. This type of gallery is much more similar to the one we intend to create, however this gallery is mostly confined to pictures on white walls, with only the skybox to add visual interest. We intend to make our gallery much more visually interesting, whilst providing similar levels of interactivity. One of the cons to creating a gallery like this, however, is that you would sacrifice realism in order to make the gallery more interactive.