Video Games to Help CSI Teams Solve Crimes
Gaming platform will recreate crime scenes
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2009 2:26 PM CST
"The game world will be embedded within a Web page also containing data in the form of text and 2D graphics," a NC State computer science professor says.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – The real-life counterparts of forensics experts on all those CSI shows will soon be getting a helping hand from the world of video games. A team at North Carolina State University is adapting the platform behind games like FusionFall and VooDude to recreate crime scenes, allowing investigators to play out various "what-if" scenarios.

"We'll be building an easy-to-use interface on top of the game environment that will allow CSIs and other investigators to link locations in the crime scene to external sources of data, such as hair and fiber databases, fingerprint images, and investigator notes," one professor tells Reuters. The team hopes the technology will allow experts from around the country and the world to collaborate without losing time traveling.

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JoeQ
Nov 29, 2009 5:16 AM CST
The software development cost has to be amortized across all the users. There are a lot fewer users for this application than for a game, therefore, the software would have to be very expensive. Ergo, its not really a very good idea.
JGirl
Nov 28, 2009 9:20 AM CST
excellent tool!
kokuaguy
Nov 28, 2009 8:54 AM CST
Actually I was intending to reply to my comment here, not Rocket's. Probably should have refrained. This just makes my earlier comment on the next story look silly.