Some find playing computer games to be an impersonal experience, and at least one company is trying to put a more human face on computer/person interaction. That company is CyberExtruder, the focus of a new feature by Brad Cook on Apple Computer Inc.'s Game site entitled Get in the Game with CyberExtruder.
CyberExtruder enables you to turn a 2D picture of your face into a "skin" which can then be applied to the 3D models used in popular games like The Sims and iPuppet Presents: Colin's Classic Cards (published by Aspyr Media), Unreal Tournament from MacSoft, and Activision's Quake III Arena.
The CyberExtruder technology is Web site driven -- you can create a free account on their server, upload images of your face, and then pay to have models created. CyberExtruder uses facial recognition technology to map the 2D digital photo of your face into a realistic looking 3D polygonal skin. You don't have to limit it to yourself, either -- upload pictures of celebrities, your bratty kid sister, your annoying neighbor, or your boss. Any photos within reason can be fodder for CyberExtruder's efforts.