GUESS THE DONS STARS?
Even the Dons skipper can’t identify his CGI teammates, can you?
THE latest edition of the hugely popular football game FIFA 19 has hit the shops – but the bizarre appearance of some Dons players has raised eyebrows with the real-life team’s captain.
The game lets players take control of their favourite teams from around the world and its maker EA Sports boasts the 3D face-scanning technology is state-of-the-art. However, while some of the Aberdeen avatars are remarkably similar to the actual players, a few look decidedly odd. Long-haired striker Stevie May’s distinctive ponytail looks worryingly like a mullet, while the computer programmers behind the game have seemingly spent a lot of effort inflating team-mate Niall Mcginn’s nose. The Evening Express showed skipper Graeme Shinnie – a self-confessed fan of the game – the new avatars to get his verdict, starting with his own. He wasn’t impressed – and even struggled to identify some of his team-mates. “Is that me?” Graeme said. “I’ve grown my beard a wee bit, but that’s awful. It’s an injustice. I’m better looking than that.” After making two failed attempts to name Niall Mcginn – he thought it was either Mark Reynolds or Gary Mackay-steven – we had to give him the answer. “That’s never Mcginn!” he laughed. “I’ve not got the game yet, but that’s put me off now.” EA Sports uses motion capture and face-scanning technology to recreate stars in pixel form – however not all clubs get that treatment, including Aberdeen. The technology uses a process called photogrammetry, which maps a face using photographs which are then run through special programs. They look at each picture and the software finds unique identifiers – such as freckles or skin pores – which, once compared, creates a map of that player’s face. By using those unique identifiers and that map, their 3D representation can then be created. It’s not bad news for all the Dons players though. On-loan striker James Wilson’s face is very similar – an indication that his was scanned while at home club Manchester United before moving to Pittodrie.
Graeme Shinnie asked: “Is that me?”