E3 2012: Nintendo’s Dick Detectives to Delay Wii U Message Posts
A report in the LA Times reveals that Nintendo plans on delaying the display of messages shared on the Wii U’s Miiverse public message board thing to allow the company to moderate each and every post.
“The attraction of a social network is the immediacy of the feedback,” Nintendo’s president and CEO Satoru Iwata is quoted as saying. But because parents need to feel like it’s a safe space for kids, Nintendo plans on having each and every post reviewed by a company employee—causing a big ol’ lag.
Said Iwata: “Personally, I think 30 minutes should be acceptable.”
In addition, users will be able to flag comments they view as inappropriate, which is pretty standard. But a 30 minute lag, and the chance that your awesome dick-picture won’t be posted at all? What a pain!
I’m hopeful that Nintendo creates a “grown-ups only” type of space on Miiverse that doesn’t need to be moderated so much—or at all. It’s Nintendo’s network, and it’s certainly their right to censor it as they see fit. But losing out on the immediacy of online communication, I have a feeling that Miiverse will wither and die before it has any chance of actual community taking root.
Via LA Times