Police pursue crime suspect by Wii avatar
Have you seen this Mii?
Look closely at the picture below. Have you seen this
man Mii before? Because Japanese police suspect its owner was involved in a recent hit and run incident.
This Mii could have been in a hit and run incident
Cops in the Kanagawa area of Japan have begun sticking up pictures of the Nintendo Mii in the hope that a Wii-obsessed gamer will recognise the drawing from, say, a recent game of Wii Sports.
Register Hardware’s unsure if the Mii is actually taken from the gamer’s account – in which case they should be able to track the gamer down pretty easily – or if it’s just a mock-up of someone seen speeding away from the scene of the crime.
Either way, it simply goes to show how heavily the Wii has infiltrated our culture. ®
Japanese police cutting costs?
Well, Miis can get pretty realistic. My Mii avatar actually looks a lot like myself, almost a mirror image if I must say so. Yes, I actually looked at spent two hours crafting the Mii while regularly looking myself in the mirror.
I guess they must be throwing out those 4 million+ yen dedicated photofitting software in favor of Wiis, since it could pretty much do the same thing at a fraction of the cost. Plus, it has the potential to occupy the officers on slow days.
Much better than sitting around a table eating bagels and drinking coffee IMO.
Re: "how heavily the Wii has infiltrated our culture"
@J: "Anata wa Nihonjin des ka?"
ie, boku wa gaijin desu. Gomen. Watashi Nihongo wakarimasen.
(yes, all of my Nihongo was picked up from watching too much anime. It shows.)
And while I'm at it...
Why do I have the song "Mii and my shadow" going through my mind?
"how heavily the Wii has infiltrated our culture"
Anata wa Nihonjin des ka?
Psst.... Most, if not all, police departments stopped using actual sketch artists years ago, in favor of the standardized IdentiKit. Originally a set of clear acetate overlays with variously-shaped heads, eyes, noses, etc. (each with a code-number); a semi-reasonable composite could be created, and then the codes could be transmitted, allowing anyone with an Identi-Kit to create the composite, rather than faxing the drawing out shotgun-style. Nowadays, of course, it's all computerized.
@ Andy Barber:
"How could El Reg get caught out by such an obvious Mii-m?"
I fixed that for you. <gr>