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article imageMaritime disaster: Real-time recreation of RMS Titanic going down

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 21, 2016 in World
A company that is creating a high-tech video game based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 has put out a minute-by-minute recreation of the massive ship going down. It is in real time and lasts a full two hours and 40 minutes.
Titanic video game
The company responsible for the recreation, Vintage Digital Revival Inc., is working on creating and marketing a game called Titanic Honor and Glory and on the 104th Anniversary of the sinking has released a real-time recreation of the ocean liner going down.
It begins shortly before The Titanic hit the massive iceberg that signaled its doom. Just as in real life, little happens in the first hour, the ship sails without listing, but the recreation gives you sounds of what was transpiring onboard including, at the 20-minute mark, sounds of water rushing in through the gashes made by the iceberg.
Things begin to move quicker after that first hour and by the time the ship goes down at the two hour and 40 minute mark the developers have added the horrific screams of hundreds and hundreds of passengers still alive on the liner who were catapulting to their deaths.
Sinking of Titanic
The Titanic left Southampton, England on April 10 on her maiden voyage, heading to New York. After striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic 375 miles off of the coast of the (now) Canadian province of Newfoundland, the 46,328-gross-tonne ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic in about two-and-a-half hours, going underwater at 2:20 a.m. on April 15.
Numbers vary slightly in accounts, but of the 2,224 passengers and crew onboard, 1,514 died. After getting into lifeboats the other 710 were rescued by the RMS Carpathia, the first ship to reach the disaster, almost 2 hours after the Titanic sunk
Along with Captain Edward Smith, many notable political leaders and leaders of industry went down with the ship. However, J. Bruce Ismay, the chairman of White Star Lines, who built and owned the Titanic, found his way to a lifeboat and survived.
While the Titanic had more lifeboats than the law then required there was still not enough for everyone onboard. That problem was compounded when many of the lifeboats left without being filled to capacity. Most survivors were women and children from the ship's first class.
Digital disaster game
Digital Revival say it continues to look for investors to complete work on the game and begin marketing it. But it has the premise sorted and much of the animation is already completed. The game recreates the ship in its entirety. right down to the specifics of each state room.
The creators say players will be able to "explore a complete and fully interactive recreation of the most famous ship in history."
It will be in the first person and follow lead character, Owen Robert Morgan, "a 23-year-old American and Oxford University graduate living in Britain. On his way to meet an old friend, he finds himself the prime suspect behind a series of sinister international crimes."
In his efforts to clear his name, Morgan winds up on the Titanic, disguised as a member of the crew. "Sail through history on board the ill-fated RMS Titanic, the largest moving object in the world in 1912, and a technological wonder of the time," Digital Revival writes.
"As Titanic races through icy waters of the North Atlantic, Robert Morgan battles the odds to clear his name of horrible crimes," it continues. "When the brand new luxury liner strikes an iceberg, and threatens the lives of 2,200 souls, Morgan must race the rising waters and the clock as the ship sinks out from under him."
In the minute-by-minute recreation, at about the two-hour mark the ship begins to sink so fast you can almost notice going down. That is because more water began to pour in as the level of the ship reached cabin portholes, many of which were open to help combat the heat of the Titanic's cabins.
The action of the recreation and the sound effects becomes more intense over the last 40 minutes.
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