This gold-plated Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II is selling on eBay, with a $300,000 asking price

Golden Nintendo Wii
The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II

  • A 24-Karat gold-plated Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth is selling on eBay.
  • The Queen never played the console, which was made by a video-game publisher as a publicity stunt.
  • Seller Donny Fillerup says experts have valued it at $1 million, but he has set an asking price of $300,000.
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A gold-plated Nintendo Wii games console custom-made for Queen Elizabeth II has gone on sale on eBay for a $300,000 asking price.

THQ, a video game publisher that collapsed in 2013, made the 24-Karat gold-plated console in 2009 and sent it to the Queen as a marketing stunt, the seller, Donny Fillerup, told CNN.

But the Queen’s staff rejected the gift and sent it back, Fillerup said.

THQ folded in 2013 and a private buyer acquired their stock, which included the special-edition Wii.

The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II
The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II

Fillerup, who collects consoles, bought the special-edition Wii in 2017. He would not reveal how much he paid when asked by CNN.

He said the console was valued at $1 million by experts, but that he was happy with a lower price. Fillerup hopes to buy an apartment with the money from the sale.

“I want to be reasonable with buying a place for myself, and $300,000 (€250,000) is the price that I came up with. I don’t NEED more,” Fillerup said in an interview on his site Console Variations.

“Also, this gives more people the opportunity to buy it.”

Fillerup said in the eBay listing that the console was in working condition.

He told Insider he would provide authentication to any buyer – including the console’s serial number, documentation from a previous owner, and signatures from experts – before they complete the purchase.

“I hope the system goes to a good home. Hopefully a museum, or someone who will take care of it as much as I did,” Fillerup said in the interview with CNN.

The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II
The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II

Chris Bratt, a video-game journalist and YouTuber, tracked down the console as part of his People Make Games series, in 2019, and found it in the hands of Fillerup.

Fillerup said the console would be the subject of a documentary to be released later this year.

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A British TV network is facing criticism for airing a deepfake version of the Queen’s Christmas speech, where she mocks Harry and Meghan for moving to Canada

Deepfake Queen
Channel 4’s deepfake depiction of Queen Elizabeth II

  • Channel 4, a British television channel, has sparked controversy with a deepfake video portraying an alternative festive broadcast set to be broadcast on Friday.
  • The video depicts the Queen discussing controversial Royal Family stories, including Prince Andrew’s connections to Jeffrey Epstein, and the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the family.
  • Channel 4 said it intends the video to provide a “stark warning” about deepfake technology and fake news.
  • Critics, however, say that the video makes it seem as though deepfakes are more widespread than they actually are.
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British broadcaster Channel 4 has sparked controversy with a deepfake video portraying an alternative festive broadcast set to be broadcast on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II releases a yearly video address to the nation at 3pm on Christmas Day, reflecting on the highs and lows of the previous year. The message usually focuses on a single topic, and in 2020 it will likely focus on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the UK.

Channel 4’s alternative, however, will be a little different.

The five-minute video shows a digitally altered version of the Queen, voiced by actor Debra Stephensen, discussing several of the Royal Family’s most controversial moment this year, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from royal duties, and the Duke of York’s relationship with disgraced financier and alleged sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, The Guardian reported.

In a short clip of the video published by the BBC shows the fake Queen joking that: “There are few things more hurtful than someone telling you they prefer the company of Canadians,” in reference to Harry and Meghan’s move to Canada.

 

The video was orginally intended to give a “stark warning” about deepfake technology and fake news.

Ian Katz, Channel 4’s director of programmes, told the Guardian that it was a “powerful reminder that we can no longer trust our own eyes.”

However, the project has somewhat backfired, with experts remarking that the video suggests that deepfake technology is more common than it actually is.

“We haven’t seen deepfakes used widely yet, except to attack women,” Sam Gregory, the programme director of Witness, an organization using video and technology to protect human rights, told the Guardian.

“We should be really careful about making people think that they can’t believe what they see. If you’ve not seen them before, this could make you believe that deep fakes are a more widespread problem than they are,” he added.

Deepfake technology has become an increasing issue, especially targeting women with non-consensual deepfake pornography.

A chilling investigation into a bot service that generates fake nudes has highlighted that the most urgent danger internet “deepfakes” pose isn’t disinformation – it’s revenge porn.

Deepfake-monitoring firm Sensity, previously Deeptrace, on Tuesday revealed it had discovered a huge operation disseminating AI-generated nude images of women and, in some cases, underage girls.

The service was operating primarily on the encrypted messaging app Telegram using an AI-powered bot.

Deepfakes expert Henry Ajder told the Guardian: “I think in this case the video is not sufficiently realistic to be a concern, but adding disclaimers before a deepfake video is shown, or adding a watermark so it can’t be cropped and edited, can help to deliver them responsibly.

“As a society, we need to figure out what uses for deepfakes we deem acceptable, and how we can navigate a future where synthetic media is an increasingly big part of our lives.

“Channel 4 should be encouraging best practice.”

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