Don't Freak Out, But Nintendo Will be Reading (and Censoring, and Delaying) Your Wii U Comments

One of the more pleasant surprises from Nintendo's E3 showings this week has been the fact that the Wii U will have a proper online community. If you think that means you'll be able to write "TITS" and draw rude things all over the place, though, you're wrong.

You're also probably 12, and should be in bed by now.

According to a report on the LA Times, in order to keep its Miiverse community safe and secure, Nintendo will be using not one, not two, but three layers of security.

The first is one that all companies use: software to track for offensive words or terms. Useful, but there are ways to fvck with that sh!t.

So the second layer will be user-submitted complaints. Flagged comments, that sort of thing. Useful, but again, standard stuff, and not terribly helpful because the offensive message has already got through.

The third layer is called "human resources". In other words, there will be Nintendo employees whose job it is to "monitor content on Miiverse". Which means, basically, that in the interests of family safety, the Miiverse needs moderator approval for comments.

And this is where it gets messy. According to the LA Times' report, depending on how many comments are being made and how many employees Nintendo has in place monitoring, "there will probably be a delay between the time a user creates a post and when it appears in the Miiverse feed".

And how long could that delay be? In quiet times, probably not long! But when it's busy?

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata: "...personally, I think 30 minutes should be acceptable".

All those nice things we said about Nintendo and the internet earlier in the week? Yeah, we take some of them back. This seems a little much.

E3: Miiverse and Nintendo's plan for keeping it clean [LA Times]