Internet surfers will be able to walk through their favorite Web sites as if they are characters in a computer game with the launch of the world's first 3D browser in Australia Thursday.

Melbourne-based software developer ExitReality has created software that can be quickly downloaded to computers and that converts standard two-dimensional Web pages into virtual rooms.

Individual Web users are then shown as avatars (virtual people) in the same way as people are featured in virtual games.

ExitReality founder Danny Stefanic said users of the software, which runs in tandem with popular browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox, would be "blown away" by the rendering of traditional two-dimensional Web pages as full-interactive 3D environments.

"It is the entire Web in 3D — making 40 billion virtual worlds — and it will instantly transform 2D content into 3D," Stefanic said.

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