It seems that Facebook, Twiiter, Pinterest, and Tumblr are controlling the internet these days. When I want to research a new company, product, or even a person, the first question I ask is, “Do they have a Facebook?” This is not because I expect to find all of the answers there, but because it has become a central hub of knowledge. From their facebook profile I can find information such as their website, contact info, what’s new, opinions, and even stuff I probably did not want to know. Since social sites have become a centralized location of information, it seem just natural to connect the video game universe to those sites.
I have a few friends that have their PSN accounts linked to their Facebook pages, and as see see their achievements flash on my news feed, I get a little envious of their accomplishments, but even more so I get competitive. Those notifications stoke a fire inside that makes me want to achieve more. Connecting a game to a site such as Facebook is also free advertisement. If you see a friend constantly winning achievements, you will probably ask them about the game and maybe pick up a copy yourself.
I was surprised to learn that Laurent Fischer, Nintendo of Europe, confirmed that the Miiverse for Wii U will not Connect to the various social platforms. He did confirm that a player will be able to access their Miiverse via their PC, Mac, 3DS, and favorite smartphone, sometime after the initial launch.
“What we have discussed so far… I think it is the other way around, from any devices in the future you will be able to access the Miiverse, from mobile phone or laptop. You can check what’s going on and even participate.” stated Laurent Fischer. He went on to say, “On the Wii U we do have additional reasons for connecting, we talked about things like the video chat system, nothing revolutionary but it’s going to be convenient, it’s going to be easy.”
Laurent also explained some of the ease of connecting with People on the Wii U, “And the Miiverse is the one actually that I believe has a very unique feature which is we put ourselves in the situation of making sure the people you can communicate with they are somehow already in a kind of community. The community will be the Wii U owners, who will have this common interest for video games and our expectation about that is it’s going to be a way to enhance the idea of sharing information on the video game.”
“One thing that is very important to us is that somehow you could pick up information from people you trust, maybe on games that you wouldn’t consider naturally. Because Miiverse will show you what are the topics or the games played at the moment within the community. And then you may have one interesting comment that will trigger your curiosity and then maybe you will get more information on that game and then at the end what is important to make sure people have different game play experiences. So considering a game that you wouldn’t consider it’s like enlarging your scope in terms of gaming, and that’s the key point for us.”
Personally, I am okay with the lack of Social Network connectivity. If I feel the need to brag about a new high score, I can always tweet tin, or post it in my news feed. But then again, it seems to be a little behind the times with the connected world we live in. What are your thoughts on the lack of connectivity to Social Networks, is this even an issue or do you believe the internal Nintendo Social Network will do fine on its own?