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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

March 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

“Hunger Games” fans can tour Panem’s Capitol city

CapitolTour1.jpgHungering to get a closer look at Panem’s Capitol city or for more behind-the-scenes details from the eagerly anticipated “The Hunger Games” movie?

Microsoft has teamed up Lionsgate studio to create a website (www.thecapitoltour.pn) where visitors can take a virtual tour of the Capitol, go to the Avenue of Tributes, even come upon some of the characters from the movie.

(You have to register via your Facebook or Twitter logins in order to take the tour.)

Microsoft approached Lionsgate last year about creating such a site, according to an official article from Microsoft.

CapitolTour2.jpgThe site was designed using HTML5 and CSS3, rather than Adobe Flash, which means the content should be more readily accessible across different platforms without the need for plug-ins.

More will be added to the site in coming weeks, according to Microsoft, including a training center where visitors can see Hunger Games competitors exercising and a memorabilia center where visitors can explore artifacts and weapons used in previous Hunger Games.

The Microsoft-Lionsgate partnership is one of many new marketing approaches Lionsgate is taking for “The Hunger Games.” You can read more about those efforts here.

(Images of the Capitol tour from Microsoft)

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