So I’ve been spending some quality time with the Wii U as of late (thanks, Monster Hunter!) and one of the things that’s really, really interesting is the Miiverse feature. If you’re not familiar, Miiverse is essentially Nintendo’s answer to XBOX Live or the Playstation Network or Facebook or whatever social platform people enjoy this week. You can go on, click on a game you like, and see a bunch of screenshots and comments or questions about it.
All things considered, it your average social platform. Except for one little detail: Miiverse is the friendliest community I have ever seen. In my hours on that service, I’ve never seen an argument, flame war, or even a minor insult directed at another person. I’ve also got a few theories regarding this, so let’s get started.
Theory zero – Black magic. We all know that there’s no chance in hell you can get a group of five strangers to be perfectly civil with one another, let alone several thousand or million or however many accounts are on Miiverse, particularly when you take the GIFT into account. Nothing short of deals with the devil or miracles could make such a thing possible, which is why black magic is my preferred theory! … But you guys probably want some real ideas, yeah?
Theory one – Heavy moderation or some sort or filter. This one’s probably the actual most likely reason why Miiverse is just downright pleasant to visit. I wouldn’t be surprised if they used both, honestly. A filter for general ‘bad stuff’ (piss, damn, hell, so on so forth) and regularly checked the communities for inflammatory messages or vulgar sketches. On a completely unrelated topic, if you guys haven’t seen some of the Miiverse art, go check it out, it’s pretty damn impressive.
Theory two – Atmosphere. This is the big one that prompted me to write this post. When most people think Nintendo, they think very family-friendly games and an overall atmosphere of ‘good stuff,’ for lack of a better word. I mean, look at the big names of Nintendo. Miyamoto is always smiling and sometimes carry little plush Pikmin in his pockets, Iwata does silly stuff on camera. Look at the games, even. Mario is a bright, colorful series of varying types of platformers and spin-offs, Kirby is downright adorable (disregarding the resident Lovecraftian horrors at the end of most games) and wouldn’t look out of place in a coloring book. Nintendo just has this… feeling about it, and the design of Miiverse itself carries this feeling with it.
While I doubt people are nice just because it’s Nintendo and it brings back along a bunch of good, happy feelings, but I can’t help but wonder if that actually plays a role in the grand scheme of things. Anyway, my take on it is a combination of all the theories (primarily black magic though), so that’s all I’ve got for now. If you guys happen to have your own ideas, let me know, I’d be glad to discuss this kind of thing! Anyway, I’m out for now. As always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.