Portable Open Persona
On the nintendo wii you are represented by a character known as a Mii -- a little avatar that represents yourself. It has a cartoonish appearance, reminiscent of those WeeMee characters I've seen around.
Here's the clever bit:
This same avatar can be taken from one game to another, and even from one Wii console to another.
Extending this idea...
Extending this idea -- there could be a type of avatar that moves not only within nintendo consoles and games, but into games on PS3, Xbox live and other consoles.
Extending this extended idea -- there could be a type of avatar that moves not only within game consoles, but into MMORPG's (WoW) and applications like Second Life, Instant Messaging, Skype, online forums, chat groups and so on.
At a deeper level, it's probably more similar to the idea of an OpenID.
(What ever happened to OpenID, by the way? In February it was the Next Big Thing... 5 months later and I've hardly heard a peep about it)
If custom attributes can be added to an OpenID, then this could include avatar information, or even a set of different avatars.
Anyway, that's the million dollar idea for this morning. Go build it, fat head.
(btw, I'm not one of those wacky second life addicts [hat tip to "you know who you are" ;-) ] -- but I can see that this stuff is gaining traction quickly. Also I deliberately don't own any game consoles)
Here's some more nintendo Wii links:
- WiiWare: Develop Indie games for the Wii (and sell them through nintendo)
- Managed Library for Nintendo's Wiimote, from Brian Peek
- WiiKey: Open source project to use WiiMote for Powerpoint, Zoomit, and more
- Rejected Wii Games
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