Wii Geography Lessons

Those of you that have a Nintendo Wii probably know that it has a News feature. It’s kind of neat in that it shows the articles and shows a marker on a 3d globe map of the world where the story takes place.

Unfortunately it leaves a little to be desired in terms of matching the names of places to their actual places on the globe.

So much for Nintendo being a positive influence on children :-p

  • walsh92663

    Hey Greg:

    Seems that Wii folks can’t tell the difference between OC, < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />El Salvador and their collective a**es. Sad commentary on geography/education and IT/QC teams in general (sorry). < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

    On a different note, I hope SF is growing on you a bit. Have you tried dim sum at Yank Sing over in the Rincon Center? It’s reputed to be some of the best in the city. Also try Ton Kiang out on Geary (Richmond dist.). It’s a much smaller place but the dim sum is outstanding. On the way back you can stop at Kabuki Springs (also on Geary) and relax in the baths. I’ve been there several times and have always found it to be a very clean and respectful environment. Also you may want to try Sam’s over in Tiburon. They’re known for having really great breakfast/brunch and the best Ramos Fizz, bar none. It’s definitely a sunny day kind of place as most of the seating is on a big outdoor deck on the waterfront. You can hop a ferry from the Embarcadero and it drops you off about a block from Sam’s. It’s a great way to spend some time with friends out on the water for not much money. Lastly is Tadich Grill on California St. It’s about as “old school” of a place in the city. Mostly seafood and definitely worth the wait for a table.

    Well, try to enjoy SF Greg. It’s a terrific city once you get acclimated. Most people I know would give their left (you-know-what) to have a reason to live there.


  • GreggF

    I remember there was a similar mistake between an Italian town and one by the same name in New York, although I can’t remember nor find it on Google at the moment. The story was mapped to Italy, but it was about a NBA basketball game. I just wonder how same-name cities are assigned and what determines one over the other.

  • city names…

    Maybe the news writer just used google to the find the location of the city and picked the first hit from the list, hehe. Whenever I was planning a trip to the city of Merida (Mexico), I got so confused ’cause there are 3 of them in world…and I started to read tourism info about the one in Spain instead of the one in Mexico.-

    Also, I want to view the large version of these pictures. I can do that on some other of your pages, but why not this one?

  • Did you zoom in all the way? I noticed that depending on your Zoom, the globe will consolidate stories into different locations to avoid having the icons touch and get jumbled. Not sure if that’s what you’re seeing, though ….

  • JacKal

    It’s already been written in the news wii documentation thing that the location its pointed to isn’t always accurate, depending on the information given to them by Associated Press, and the other variables that go into determining if the locale can be mapped on the 3d globe

  • fooziex
    Syracuse, NY

    I saw the same issue, with a news story from Syracuse, New York being located in Syracuse, Italy. Maybe this is what the previous comment is referring to; I don’t know.