Virtual tour of my student house

project: , published: by Maarten Tromp.

I always enjoy giving people a tour around the house. My student home was no exception. Unfortunately everyone seems to find Enschede a long way off, so I made a virtual tour. It's inspired by the point-and-click adventure games like Gobliiins and Leisure Suit Larry 3 I had been playing. It would also be a nice opportunity to put my brand new digital camera to good use.

Each room has its own page with photos taken from multiple angles. Every door and window is clickable. The 'engine' was written in PHP and running on the webserver in the celler. You can even see part of it on some of the photos.

The original website is long gone and so are its files, so I scraped what was left from the waybackmachine and tried to ressurect the tour. Missing images have been replaced where possible with other images from my collection and I have added some text adventure style descriptions. While I was at it, I couldn't resist rewriting the 'engine' from PHP3 to Python and upgrading the page from XHTML 1.0 strict to html5 and css.

Since 2003 this concept has become more common. While a modern virtual environment such as Google Street View will look more polished, this one captures the 2003 spirit just fine.

Click here to enter the virtual tour of my student house.