That ‘Leaked’ NX Controller Was Fake, But Still Fascinating
The photos that purported to be of the controller for Nintendo’s upcoming NX have been confirmed to be fake. Polygon has a detailed rundown of who made them and how. The hoaxers even made videos showing how they were done. (As we said—if this is a fake, it’s an elaborate one, and the videos show some remarkably elaborate processes.)
What’s fascinating about this incident—how it captured the attention of even the usually-skeptical parts of the internet—is how it shows how our BS detectors need a serious overhaul in the age of inexpensive, high-quality, mainstream 3-D printing. We’re so used to looking for evidence that an image has been Photoshopped, and the Internet as a whole is so good at forensic analysis of image manipulation, that it’s hard to fool the collective Internet with a Photoshop anymore. But “not Photoshopped” is no longer the same as “real,” because why bother Photoshopping when you can create something that looks like a working production model? We’re going to have to start looking not for artifacts in the image, but for signs that an object came out of a 3-D printer.